A Guest Post from Jennifer Smith
Part of preparing for an emergency situation is planning how you will sustain your body so that it can perform under duress and react swiftly to extreme circumstances. Besides hydration, nothing is more important to your body’s sustenance than nutritious food, which is why planning your food emergency kit is not something to be taken lightly. The following are smart foods for survival storage because they are long lasting and have high nutritional value:
Raw Omega-3 Food Bar
This is the one time in your life you don’t have to avoid fat. In fact, during survival situations in which you may be burning an inordinate amount of energy and/or encountering extreme temperatures, you’ll want to have plenty of fatty portable foods on hand. Good options for this are peanut butter, sardines, and nuts. Or, you can get the benefits of all these foods and more with an Organic Raw Omega-3 Food Bar.
Granola bars and fruit
Carbohydrates are an excellent source of energy that your body breaks down into glucose. In an emergency situation your body will be burning more calories than normal, which means you’ll want to be replenishing your internal fuel supply by eating carb-heavy nutritional items like granola bars, oatmeal, and fruit.
Protein is critical in emergency situations in which you will be heavily active. Protein rebuilds muscle tissue and keeps your muscles functioning. Amino acids are the name of the game here, as they provide you with a more comprehensive protein source. A great option is pemmican, a concentrated mixture of fat and protein that is often made from lean meat and bone marrow fat, with berries and other fruit sometimes added. Other good protein options are canned tuna and jerky.
Freeze dried/dehydrated meals
These meals are easy to store and prepare, last for literally decades, and taste wonderful. Because these meals combine the most optimal amounts of fats, carbs, and proteins they make excellent long term food storage ideas. Additionally, large amounts can be stored in relatively small spaces for years and years.
Of course, your food supply will need plenty of water and while you’re at it make sure you have electrolytes, which in emergency situations can be the difference between functioning optimally and experiencing weakness, nausea, and muscle cramps. Especially if you’ll be sweating a lot, electrolytes are hugely important.
These five foods are critical to assembling a comprehensive food emergency kit that will keep your body functioning at high capacity during emergency situations. The key is to remember getting high levels of fat, protein, carbohydrates, electrolytes, and portable food supplies.