Eating healthy foods is a habit we should all get into well before we’re faced with a crisis.
But it can be argued that diet will be even more important once we’re dealing with an emergency than it is now. Certain foods and beverages are better than others when it comes to staying physically fit and mentally sharp. Many people call them “super foods.”
Let’s take a look at some of them to see why. Then we can all make sure we have them available for a crisis.
Pemmican. This is a combination of meat and animal fat that can be mixed with fruit and berries. Using a lean cut of meat, slice it into thin strips and dry them until they’re brittle. Dry your berries and herbs as well so you can grind them into a powder. Heat some animal fat until it turns into a liquid, straining out chunks. Mix your ingredients together and form it into a ball.
Fruits and vegetables. Once you’ve dried your fruits and vegetables in a dehydrator, the possibilities are endless for how to combine them. Nutrient-filled smoothies are one option. You can also add them to soups and gravies. You can even form them into flat sheets and roll them up. After you dry your fruits and veggies to the point where they will crumble, keep them separated in individual packets for later rehydration.
Hummus. This nutrient-dense food originated in the Middle East. Many use hummus as a dip, while others consume it just as it is. Here are the basics for making hummus: ground sesame seeds (also known as tahini), mashed and cooked beans, olive oil, salt, lemon juice and garlic. Of course, you can add any spices you like, including paprika and parsley. Eat it warm or cold. Some prefer to roll it out and let it dry.
Yogurt. The easy way to have yogurt is to buy it pre-made with live cultures. If you want to make it, you’ll need some kind of milk and a suitable culture. But you’ll want to make sure the bacterial cultural strains are ones your mouth and stomach can handle. To increase the nutritional benefit and improve the taste, add fruits, honey, nuts or other flavorings.
Chia seeds. These seeds are very convenient and filled with nutrients, and they can be eaten raw or cooked. Rich in B vitamins and essential minerals, they can be sprinkled on top of yogurt or cereal. Grind them up to use in crackers. Or mix them will fruits, nuts, and other grains to eat as is or add to a salad. When you soak chia seeds, you get a gel that you can use in bread recipes as a partial replacement for wheat and rye.
Other foods and beverages include:
Sweet Potatoes. They have natural sugar and are a great source of magnesium. Sweet potatoes’ natural sugar means you won’t be getting any blood sugar spikes – which lead to fatigue. Also, the magnesium is known for helping with relaxation and stress relief.
Almonds. Nuts are so easy to carry around, especially if you’re on the go. Almonds, specifically, have huge health benefits such as preventing cognitive decline and sustaining memory. Be sure to keep your house stocked with them.
Fish. One of the greatest things found in certain fish (and fish oil) is omega-3 fatty acids. There’s a healthy dose of them in fish such as salmon. They help to preserve brain function. Omega-3 fatty acids have been linked to positive emotional health.
Green Tea. This China-based tea has long been a go-to drink for many yogis and health enthusiasts. Green tea is filled with antioxidants. It’s also a good source of natural energy. It’s proven to help with alertness and is associated with an increase in creativity.
Water. The health benefits of water are infinite. Water can not only help flush the body of waste, but it can also boost your mood. Without it, you’ll suffer from dehydration and confusion. When you drink water, you help your mind gain clarity.
Eggs. Eggs are a great source of Vitamin B, which is a mood booster. Even more, eggs carry Vitamin D, which helps to fight depression. So eggs work on both the defensive and offensive sides to ensure a stable and positive mood.
Leafy Green Veggies. Vegetables such as collard greens, turnip greens, kale and spinach are rich in Vitamin B, which boosts focus and memory. These vegetables are also filled with carotenoids, which protect the brain and boost brain power.
Superfoods for survival?
As you are aware from each of the superfoods above, these foods pack a big nutritional punch. They’re strong sources of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients.
And adding superfoods to your family’s diet is essential now and during a crisis to maintain a healthy body and mind.
But what if you aren’t able to find the necessary fruits and veggies in your area, or stores may be sold out during an emergency or crisis?
That’s why my buddy Jeff over at Patriot Health Alliance created Patriot Power Greens.
Patriot Power Greens is made from 40 fruits and vegetables, probiotics and digestive enzymes, and is a “force of nature” when it comes to nutrition.
So whether you’re facing a disaster, using it start your day or using it to keep you from sliding into that afternoon “slump,” you’ll have the nutritional power of fruits and vegetables on your side boosting your energy and mood.