The word “comfort” sure is comforting, isn’t it? When I think of that word, I imagine lying in a hammock on a warm summer day, or relaxing on a porch with a beverage on a pleasant evening, or sitting by the fireplace with a cup of coffee when it’s cold outside.
In a number of the emails, blogs and articles you’ve seen from me through the years, I’ve mentioned the importance of including “comfort” foods in your food storage plans. But I haven’t really gone into too much detail about what those comfort foods are.
Yes, it’s important to keep your body healthy by eating nutritious food that will provide you with the energy you need. That will be especially true during a crisis when you might be on the move and when your stress level will be higher.
But giving your family members and yourself an emotional lift once in a while with some foods you and they love will do wonders for everyone’s state of mind. And you can’t underestimate the value of keeping attitudes upbeat at a time when depression could easily set in.
So, what do I mean by comfort foods? I mean anything that goes down easy, tastes great, is easy to prepare and reminds you of a time when things were better. Are most of them “healthy” and “natural?” Probably not, although some are. Some are probably high in calories and carbohydrates, and some include a little too much sugar.
But if a vast majority of the foods you are consuming are nutritious, you can afford to eat a snack once in a while that may be better for your attitude than it is for your cholesterol level.
If you asked 15 different people to list their top 15 comfort foods, you’d probably get 15 different answers. But there would certainly be some overlap. Here’s a list that comes to mind for me.
Hard candies. My favorites are caramel and butterscotch, but you might prefer cherry, root beer, butter rum or other flavors.
Chocolate Pudding. This might be the universal kid-favorite comfort food, but adults love it too.
Popcorn. You don’t have to be watching a movie to enjoy it, but I’ve found it’s difficult to watch a movie without it.
Pizza. Are you kidding me? I have yet to find anyone who doesn’t like pizza, despite the great debate about which is better – thin crust or deep dish.
Mac and cheese. Another item that few kids will turn down. As a child, I always loved it when Mom added hot dog slices to my mac and cheese plate.
Candy bars. Yes, I know, too much sugar. I wouldn’t suggest living off of them. But once in a while, a Three Musketeers, Snickers or Milky Way really hits the spot.
Peanut butter. Most people use this as a spread, but have you ever put a spoonful in your mouth and just savored it? I have… many times.
Hot chocolate. There should be a federal law requiring parents to serve this when their kids come in from playing in the snow.
Honey Coated Banana Chips. I never realized how great these tasted until I finally tried them.
Freeze-dried yogurt bites. I like these a lot more than I thought I would.
Granola bars. These are almost too healthy to count as comfort foods, but I’m including them because they taste great and are so easy to open and pop in your mouth.
Trail mix. Dried fruits and nuts are tasty, and I like the kind of trail mix that “cheats” by including M&Ms and chocolate chips.
Fruit, Veggie & Snack Kit. Yes, I know, I sell this one in my Food4Patriots product. It has become quite popular.
Coffee or tea. For some folks, coffee is not a comfort food; it’s an absolute necessity. For others, it could be a pleasant reminder of more normal times.
Hostess Twinkies and Cupcakes. A nutritionist just rolled over in her grave, but as long as you don’t fill an entire bug-out bag with them, I think you’re OK to enjoy a few of them once in a while.
To your survival,
P.S. As mentioned, everyone’s comfort food list will be different. The important thing is to make sure you include at least some of your favorite comfort foods in your food stockpile. Your sweet tooth – not to mention your kids or grandkids – will thank you.