By Annabelle Smyth
An emergency survival kit needs certain items in it like a flashlight, matches and a blanket in case you’re stuck outside for long periods of time. However, your emergency survival kit also needs plenty of food. Not all types of food will keep in an emergency kit though, and some just don’t have the nutritional impact that you need from emergency foods. When you’re preparing your emergency kit and home food reserves, make sure you put these items on your list.
Canned beans are an excellent food to keep in your survival kit because they’re loaded with protein and fiber. Best of all, they can be eaten at room temperature without any negative effects. Black beans provide the most health benefits, but other beans like pinto beans, red beans and even cannellini beans are excellent to keep in your storage kit. If you have food storage from shelf reliance at home, try mixing and matching different types of beans for variety.
Dried fruit has vitamins, minerals and nutrients that your body needs. Dried fruit also has plenty of fruit-based sugar to provide you with quick energy. Choose fruits like oranges, apples and mango that have plenty of nutrients. You don’t have to pick dried fruit with added sugar if you don’t want to, but it may be helpful in an emergency kit since sugar will provide you with short term energy. You’re not watching your weight in an emergency situation, after all.
Lean chicken is high in protein and low in saturated fat, making it an ideal food to have in your emergency kit. However, you can’t put a boneless skinless chicken breast in your emergency kit, so you’ll need to rely on canned chicken that’s already cooked and ready to eat. Look for canned chicken that’s packed in water. Canned chicken enriched with additional omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids can provide even more health benefits if you’re stuck in a situation where you need your emergency food since omega fatty acids provide energy and promote optimal health.
Canned fish like tuna, salmon, mackerel and sardines are high in protein and easy to eat right out of the can. Canned fish also has many vitamins and minerals that your body needs to stay healthy like niacin, B6, B12, iron, magnesium and selenium. Choose different types of canned fish to add to your survival kit.