We don’t want to depress you, but there are a number catastrophic disasters that could occur at any moment. A hurricane could wipe out a shoreline and devastate communities; a typhoon could strike an island nation and turn neighborhoods and cities upside down; and a global pandemic or an WMD-induced terrorist attack interrupting shipping and transportation for weeks, or even months, leading to widespread food shortages.
In recent years, we’ve seen proof that a disaster can occur anywhere and at any time. Of course, food and water are likely the first things that you would need if you were forced to hunker down for a while. So, in the event of a natural disaster we haven’t seen before or a man-made catastrophe, you should think about being prepared by stocking up on survival food, just in case.
Canned Alaskan Wild Salmon
Canned Alaskan Wild Salmon is full of protein and such healthy fats as omega 3s. With Alaskan Wild Salmon, the odds are that you’re getting minimal, or maybe even a complete lack of, environmental contaminants. While you may or may not like salmon, it’s part of the traditional diet of natives of northern Canada and Alaska- people who have low rates of strokes and heart attacks. You don’t even need to cook Alaskan Wild Salmon- you can eat it right out of the can. If there’s any left over, you can keep it in the fridge for three-four days. If you can’t refrigerate it, you can share a can with two to three others. Unopened, though, it enjoys a long shelf life and is one of the best survival food available.
High in protein and calories, as well as essential minerals and vitamins, brown rice is another food with a long shelf life. There’s just one problem when it comes to brown rice, however. It needs to be boiled for half an hour- or even a full hour, depending on the brand. In a long-term emergency, with no electricity available, you’ll want to avoid cooking with precious fuel for so long. So when preparing for an emergency, you should stock up on brown rice hot cereal, as it cooks in only five to eight minutes and is full of calories and nutrients.
Chocolate Bars and Energy Bars
Energy bars cater for all kinds of tastes these days. Look for those brands with high protein and high calories, along with a wide range of nutrients. Chocolate can provide energy quickly and be a great source of more. Chocolate would likely be an in-demand commodity after a disaster.
Powdered Super Greens / Sea Vegetables
Popular items available in today’s health stores are pill- or powder-based sea vegetables. During a catastrophic disaster, the majority of communities will lack fresh produce. Sea vegetables are truly a superfood, and are full of health benefits that wound healing, repair tissues, and boost immunity, and can even include anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. They can be dried and be turned into a powder. This means that such sea vegetables as chlorella and kelp are superfoods. You can also buy them in bottled form, which can help to provide essential minerals and vitamins, along with an array of health properties during an emergency. The powdered version has a longer shelf-life, however.
Pinto beans, lima beans, garbanzo beans, black beans, and kidney beans, among others, are high in calories, and contain large amounts of protein, along with a number of essential minerals and vitamins. Dried beans are available in packs larger than canned beans, but weight far less considering how much you get. The main difference is that you need to add water and allow the beans to soak for a few hours. With split peas, you aren’t required to soak them for nearly as long, and they’re a dried bean with many of the same minerals and vitamins.
The next time you’re in your local grocery store, browse the bulk nut/seed area, specifically for unshelled and unsalted ones. Look for those low in salt, as those high in salt can make you thirsty, which isn’t healthy. Sunflower seeds, almonds, peanuts, and other seeds/nuts typically found in the bulk food sections of supermarkets are high in essential fatty acids, and essential minerals and vitamins, and are rich in protein. They’re also light in weight, with a single serving of bulk unsalted units weighing as little as 1/4 cup, so one large bag can provide a generous amount of servings.