How do you stock up on high calorie survival foods while on a budget? Calorie count, nutrition, bulk pricing, and finally shelf-life are each factors to consider. Healthy foods provide optimal fuel for energy and muscle recovery as well as boost immunity to illness and disease.
Nuts and seeds are an essential food item for disaster planning. Nuts and seeds contain a variety of vitamins and minerals, heart healthy fats and fiber. Several are very high in calories. Unlike freeze dried foods with a shelf life of several years, nuts and seeds only have a shelf life measured in several months. They can be canned, bottled, or even kept in a freezer, to extend the shelf life.
Nuts highest in calories are pilinuts (719 calories per 100 gram serving) and Macadamia nuts (718 calories). The majority of nuts and seeds come in at around 948 calories per cup, and 200 calories per ounce. Nuts and seeds often contain vitamins E, F, and G; magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and selenium; add to that Omega 3, inoleic, and linolenic fatty acids. Even if you’re not familiar with what these vitamins and minerals do, realize that each one plays an important role in the health of our bodies. Things like muscle weakness, memory loss, brain fog, confusion, heart palpitations, muscle cramps and digestive problems can result from lack of proper nutrition, as well as poor immunity to illness.
100 grams of peanut butter provides 588 calories. That’s 29% of the daily value for calories for the average person. Though a lot of peanut butter brands contain unhealthy fats, additives, and sugar, others like Skippy Natural are much healthier. Of course there are more expensive healthy brands of peanut butter as well. Skippy Natural, at least at the time of this writing, has the best price for the largest containers of natural peanut butter that I can find on Amazon for buying in bulk. Stock up on bulk sizes that are easiest on your budget, of course. In the end, you’ll get 1517 calories per cup of peanut butter; 94 calories in every tablespoon.
Sesame Seeds Or Sesame Seed Butter
Sesame seeds and sesame seed butter (also known as Tahini) is a lot like peanut butter in it’s presentation. Stock up on Sesame butter by purchasing by the box, rather than single bottles, for the biggest price savings. The butter and oils from sesame seeds are valued for their high nutritional content and even said to prevent and reduce disease. This comes from the variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and healthy fats (like DHA type omega-3s) contained inside sesame seeds. If you’re new to nutrition, know that when certain vitamins and minerals work together with other health properties of specific foods they can result in even more nutritional properties at work in the body, to aid in healing, overall energy and mood, and even cardiovascular health, muscle building, and muscle recovery (speeding up the amount of time needed for your muscles to recover from intense use).
Studies have shown sesame seeds and sesame butter to improve the health of arteries while also decreasing heart disease and the risk of stroke and even helping prevent some types of cancer. It gets even better. Inflammation in the body is reduced as well, helping prevent or reduce arthritis.
Though not as sweet as a brand name chocolate bar, dark chocolate can still be a moral booster, and at the same time is also high in calories, with 661 calories in a grated cup, or 145 calories in a 29 gram square. When a dark chocolate product contains 70% or more cacao, it has heart-healthy properties, and a lot less sugars; it is a healthier choice.
Candy bars – Can candy bars like chocolate bars really be considered a survival food? Yes, but only in limited amounts. Sugar is toxic to the human body (even in small amounts, especially over several years) and the older we get, the more toxic are the effects from sugar. There has been a lot of data published on this. But candy bars can be a great boost to moral; especially when it comes to consoling children in a time of disaster. If for yourself, space out the consumption of candy bars and chocolate bars (like Snickers, Twix, Reeses Pieces, Kit Kat and M&Ms). You’ll appreciate each one more the longer you space these out and you’ll also go easier on your body by limiting your consumption of sugar.
Cheese is a source of protein and also a good source of calcium. It can be eaten plain or with other foods, such as any wild edibles you pick along the way (for those of you with a knowledge of edible wild plants). Norwegian Brunost or Gejetost has the most calories, coming in at 466 per 100 grams. That equates to 130 calories for every ounce. Canned cheese has a long shelf life in most instances. When it comes to canned cheese, you have a few options to choose from, based on your calorie wants and even preference for taste.
Natural Jerky Or Freeze Dried Meat In Bulk
Dried meat can be a part of a long term plan for survival. Fact is primitive people were eating dried meat long before freeze dried companies came into existence. You can do this yourself, by learning and using modern day or primitive methods to dry meat. Purchase meat fresh and then use a method you’ve learned to dry each piece of meat correctly; from there, store this meat in #10 cans. Using a secondary method of salting (using healthy sea salt, when possible, rather than traditional table salt), you can help ensure that the meat you’re storing has been adequately prepared for long term storage.
You can do all that, or you can purchase meat that has already been freeze dried and packaged from companies that specialize in freeze dried meat — which can have a much longer shelf life than what our primitive counterparts could expect out of their supplies of dried meat.
Unlike white rice, brown rice (and also wild grain rice) has a number of vitamins and minerals — add to this complex carbohydrates for energy, making brown rice a great survival food. On top of that, brown rice is light weight and a food where you just need to add water, in order for it to be edible.
On a stove top, brown rice is prepared by boiling for sometimes 30 minutes – 1 hour; in the wilderness, that’s a lot of time on a campfire, and a lot more fuel than you might want to burn. Alternative way to prepare brown rice – There’s a second way you can prepare brown rice, though it won’t be as soft as it is when cooked on a stove top. And that is to let a serving or more of brown rice soak in a container, away from heat, for 1 – 2 days.