Backup Foods

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Is there a problem with fresh food?  It tastes amazing.  It is great for your health.  It is good to look at.  Are there any downsides?  I would say yes.  There is a lot of debate on what we should eat to be healthy but the basic outlines are relatively similar.  Cut out processed/packaged foods in preference for organic, fresh, preferably local veggies, fruits, nuts, meats, eggs, etc.  So what happens if there is a big power outage or your car dies and you can’t make it to the grocery store for a week or two?  Maybe there is a blizzard in your area and the roads are blocked off.  You want to make sure that you have some kind of sustenance to tide you over until you can resume the inflow of quality foods.  So we run into a bit of a snag here.  Most processed foods are garbage.  They are not good for your system.  So what are some good options if you needed to rely on some backup foods in case of emergency?

-Canned fish.  These can be sardines, tuna, salmon, etc.  They are lightly smoked and relatively healthy.  Just get them wild from a reliable source

-Raw nuts.  These will store for a very long time.  Unshelled nuts will last even longer.  Soak and dry them and they are ready to eat

-ACTUAL whole grains or beans.  These are not the ideal foods for people but they store for a very long time and don’t take up much space.  Things like brown rice, quinoa, navy beans, black beans, red beans, lentils, etc.

-Canned preserves.  Most vegetables can be preserved or fermented

Dehydrated Foods.  These could be fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds, etc.

Healthy Oils or butters.  These are relatively shelf-stable and provide a lot of calories in a bind.  These would include coconut oil, olive oil, etc.  Favor these over things like corn oil, soybean oil, etc.

BULK items. These may not be so healthy but could include things like canned soups, meats, beans, etc.  Things that are precooked and can store for long periods of time

Meal replacement shakes.  Again, not the best choice but there are powders that contain massive amounts of calories and macronutrients needed to survive.

Treats.  Don’t feel like you need to have everything perfect.  If your stressed out in an ice storm it is ok to jump off the healthy diet for awhile.

Don’t forget to have a good supply of water sitting around as well.  This is obviously more important than the food.

After the chaos is over, head back to the store and resume eating the good stuff and stock up for the next incident

-Joe

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