The 10 Essential Survival Foods
1.) Trail Mix – A favorite of hikers, trail mix has a variety of ingredients, raisins, peanuts, other nuts, often pieces of chocolate, and sometimes dried fruit and berries. The simple sugars in the raisins, chocolate, and dried fruits definitively are a quick mood booster and source of short-term energy. Trail mix is a way to include dried fruits in your essential survival diet plan.
2.) Canned Alaskan Wild Salmon – Rich in protein and healthy fats like omega 3s. Look for “Alaskan Wild Salmon” and you’re likely to get salmon with minimal or no environmental contaminants that can sometimes show up in other canned fish from other parts of the world.
3.) Energy Bars and Chocolate Bars – There’s an energy bar nowadays for every taste. Look for brands with a high-calorie count as well as plenty of protein and a wide range of nutrients. Chocolate bars – Chocolate can be a quick source of energy. The upside of chocolate is that it is a morale booster. In case of emergency give that to your kids to help them cope with stress.
4.) Brown Rice – High in calories and protein, as well as essential vitamins and minerals like iron. As a dry, non-perishable food, brown rice also has a long shelf life making it an essential survival food.
5.) Dried Beans – Kidney beans, black beans, garbanzo beans, lima beans, pinto beans, and others are all high in calories, contain a fair amount of protein per serving, and also several essential vitamins and minerals.
6.) Bulk Nuts – Look for the bulk seed/nut area of your grocery store. Warning: you need to find the unsalted, and unshelled (you want to choose essential survival foods not high in salt, as too much salt will make you thirsty and isn’t good for overall health). Peanuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, and some other nuts or seeds typically sold in supermarket bulk foods section are high in essential vitamins and minerals, essential fatty acids. Additionally, seeds are a very good source of protein.
7.) Peanut Butter – It’s packed with protein and essential fatty acids. Peanut butter also contains many essential vitamins and minerals (such as copper and iron). For the best health, choose “natural” brands like Skippy Natural Peanut Butter (Skippy offers the best price I can find for buying in bulk off places).
8.) Beef Jerky – “Natural” brands of beef, turkey, etc. jerky do not contain any or as much of the harmful added ingredients seen in many commercial jerky brands. What is jerky? Jerky is a tasty form of dried meat. Dried meat, if you remember, is a long time proven survival food used by Native Americans and American pioneers alike, and also used by primitive tribes around the world.
9.) Spirulina – Spirulina is a microalgae, just recently reclassified as a bacteria, that has been consumed for centuries due to its high nutritional value and health benefits. Spirulina is a very potent “superfood,” a “miracle from the sea.” The Aztecs harvested Spirulina in Mexico, and it is still harvested from Lake and turned into dry cakes. According to the FDA, Spirulina contains significant amounts of calcium, niacin, potassium, magnesium, B vitamins and iron. It also has protein that makes up about 60 to 70 percent of Spirulina’s dry weight. Spirulina is a must for any survivalist.
10.) Sea vegetables / Powdered Super Greens – A popular item selling in health foods stores today are the sea vegetables that come in powdered form, or pill. In a time of catastrophic disaster, most communities are going to be hurting for fresh produce. Sea vegetables are a super food, packed with vitamins and nutrients and health benefits that help boost immunity, provide tissue repair and wound healing, and can even have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.