Times of crisis will demonstrate the wisdom of maintaining an emergency store of food. As I mentioned in a previous article I recently purchased a bottle of Vitamineral Green in case of the stark possibility that the shelves at the local supermarket shelves become barren.
Vitamineral Green and other brands like Enerfood are green powder supplements. Green powder drinks are composed of various healthy greens, probiotics, fiber sources, and other nutritious foods. These foods are freeze-dried and then processed into a green powder. Generally, these powders can be mixed into water or smoothies. These green powders can serve as a nutritious meal replacement.
In this article, I’d like to mention some other foods that could be a wise purchase if you’re interested in building a stock of food in case of a crisis. Recently I’ve purchased many of these foods at a local supermarket.
The following are a list of some of the foods currently in my pantry.
Quick Oats – 5-pound bag – The oat is a species of cereal grain. Oats can be rolled or crushed onto oatmeal or ground into a flour.
Oats aids the digestive process by improving viscosity inside the digestive tract. “Viscosity” refers to the thickness of the contents and their likelihood of flowing either too quickly or too slowly through the digestive tract. Too little viscosity causes a quick flow, which could contribute to difficulty in blood sugar regulation. Moreover, the presence of fiber can provide cardiovascular support.
The digestive tract support provided by oats extends into the lower GI tract. In the large intestine (colon), oats—including their beta-glucans—get fermented by intestinal bacteria. This fermentability of oat fibers like beta-glucans helps maintain healthy bacterial populations in our large intestine,
Warning – Oats have a higher fat content than other grains. Hence, Oats will become rancid quicker than other grains. Store them in a cool, dry place without any moisture.
Millet: 4 lbs – Millet is a gluten-free, ancient grain that has a mild, sweet flavor containing B-complex vitamins, as well as several essential amino acids and magnesium. It has a shelf life of two years—keeps best refrigerated or frozen.
Millet is a great source of antioxidants. The darker colored millet is richer in antioxidants than those which are yellow or white.
How to cook millet? Add 2 cups (480 mL) of water or broth per 1 cup (174 grams) of raw millet. Bring it to a boil, then simmer it for 20 minutes.
Buckwheat Grouts 2 lbs. – Buckwheat is actually not a grain but its a vegetable related to rhubarb. It is heavy in various B vitamins and minerals while providing another healthy cereal alternative.
Buckwheat provides relief on various digestive diseases such as irritable bowel symptoms, celiac disease, and diverticular disease.
Buckwheat should be stored in an airtight container. Moisture, heat, and air will cause the seeds to turn rancid. Buckwheat groats can be stored this way in the pantry for two months and in the freezer for up to one year.
How to cook Buckwheat? Soak overnight in water and then cook on high for a few minutes.
Amaranth Grain 5 lb pound – Amaranth has higher protein content than other grains. Lysine is an amino acid present in Amaranth that is missing from other grains. Moreover, it is the only grain containing Vitamin C.
A study in 2003 from the University of Guelph in Ontario demonstrated that Amaranth is rich in phytosterols, which are molecules that help lower cholesterol. Patients with heart disease and hypertension were shown to benefit from a diet including Amaranth.
How to cook Amaranth? boil water, add grains, stir, and cook for 15-20 minutes. Note – for every 1 cup of Amaranth, add 6 cups of water.
Flaxseed 5 lbs – Personally, I always maintain a stash of flaxseeds for a morning breakfast smoothie. Flaxseeds are high in nutrients and Omega 3 fats. They are a rich source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which has been shown in studies to reduce the risk of stroke.
Moreover, flaxseeds are an ample source of lignans, which possess cancer-fighting properties. According to a Canadian study involving more than 6,000 women, those who eat flaxseeds were 18% less likely to develop breast cancer..
Moreover, a different study showed 30 grams per day of flaxseeds can reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
Essentially, flaxseeds are a superfood that I include in my diet regardless of the present circumstances in society.
Methods of Incorporating Flaxseeds into Your Diet.
• Adding them to water
• Drizzling flaxseed oil as a dressing on salad
• Sprinkling ground flaxseeds over cereal
• Mixing ground flaxseeds into yogurt
• Adding ground flaxseeds into cookie, muffin, bread or other batters
• Mixing ground flaxseeds into smoothies
• Adding ground flaxseeds to water as an egg substitute
• Incorporating flaxseeds into meat patties
Chia seeds 5 lbs – Again, Chia seeds are included in my morning breakfast smoothie. There is always a ready store in my pantry.
Chia seeds are one of the few seeds with a higher proportion of omega-3 fatty acids than omega-6 fatty acids. Chia seeds are known to help to ease digestion, reduce inflammation, and improving joint health and skin tone.
Many people create a Chia Seed gel. The gel provides additional digestion and other health benefits.
How to create a Chia Seed Gel:
1/4 cup Chia Seeds
1 1/2 cups Water
Mix the Chia Seeds in the water.
Let sit for at least 5 minutes before using.
It will create a Gel.
Store in a mason jar with a lid in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Add a Tablespoon or 2 to any smoothie for a healthy boost!
*Note: This is not my original recipe, but one I discovered from various sources.
Store in a cool, dry, dark place in a well-sealed container.
Check out this video demonstration of how to make a Chia Seed Gel’
Ground Corn Meal – 5 lbs – Cornmeal is flour composed of ground dried corn. Cornmeal can be used in the making of cornbread, or it can be added to other foods such as soups, pastries, and coating on foods such as chicken or fish.
Cornmeal is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals along with carbohydrates. Yellow cornmeal prevents cellular damage caused by free radicals. It also lowers the chances of macular degeneration, cancer and heart diseases due to the presence of antioxidants such as carotenoids.
Over the years, I’ve made a breakfast porridge using the above grains. Check out this article for detailed instructions.
Currently, many of these grains are difficult to find at the grocery store. Typically, a supermarket will sell these grains and other similar foods in bulk containers. However, the supply becomes empty during times of strife. Recently, I was disappointed to find very little in stock at Wholefoods and Sprouts.
However, Amazon appears to have these items in stock; however, there may be delays in delivery. Check the links below for some buying options:
Buy Foods that are Healthy
When preparing for a food shortage buy only food that can last for at least a couple of months. And, buy only foods with nutritional value.
You don’t want to be like a sailor floating adrift for months who develops scurvy due to lack of Vitamin C. In the same vein, if you stock up on processed, sugar-laden junk food then you may survive a food shortage only to develop diseases because of eating unhealthy foods over a six month period.
The other day at the supermarket, I shook my head as I observed a woman with a shopping cart full of items such as sugar cereal, brownie mix, and various snacks. I thought that I wouldn’t want to get trapped in her house during a 6-month quarantine.
Again, something like a Green Vibrance, a green powder mix, can supplement a diet lacking in nutritional value. During times of strife and great stress, it is vital to provide the body with all the necessary Vitamins and Minerals and antioxidants.
Buying in Bulk – A New Habit for the Future?
Perhaps, one of the results of the COVID 19 crisis will be that people will begin to view preparedness and self-sufficiency with a more open mind. The grains I cited each have great health benefits and serve as preferable alternatives to unhealthy, disease-causing foods such a white bread and generic, process, sugar-laced cereal products.
Furthermore, hopefully, more people will become interested in products such as green powder supplements. These items are comprised of healthy, alkaline, nutritious foods. An extra bottle or two of Enerfood could allow a person to survive for a few months in terms of a food shortage.