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The Most Affordable Survival Superfoods

The Most Affordable Survival Superfoods

In my opinion, nutrition is one of the most crucial issues in any survivalist’s life. It’s useful for everyone to learn about superfoods and survival foods – and stocking up on long-term foods for our survival should become a daily routine.

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The good thing is there are a lot of affordable survival superfoods out there (both nutrient-dense and long-lasting), so you can start preparing for the unknown. You can find plenty of suggestions on the Internet, but I want to highlight the really amazing foods that are a must for every survivalist. The ones that check the benefits list top to bottom: they’re great in terms of nutritional characteristics, with a very long shelf life and light on the pocket (some of them are ridiculously cheap). Sounds delicious, right..?

Here’s the full list:

#1: Superfood seeds  (hemp, flax or chia – the ancient American superfood of the Aztecs)

They are called the ultimate preparedness food. Every little seed of chia or hemp is a highly concentrated dose of fibers, vitamins, essential Omega 3-fatty acids, and minerals. They last several years without going rancid so they’re great for long-term survival. You can get a bag of any of these super seeds for less than 5 bucks and add them to every meal.

#2: Brown rice

Not many people include brown rice in their meals, even though it’s an amazing superfood. It has about 3 grams of fiber per half cup, way more nutrients than white rice and has a really long shelf life – stored properly, it can last for over 10 years.

It’s high in carbohydrates, so eating brown rice gives you a boost of energy when you put yourself through tiring physical effort. And here’s the best part: it’s only 10 cents per serving at most supermarkets. Just give it a try, you’ll save a lot of many and get a load of benefits.

#3: Beans

With a minimum shelf life of 5-6 years (pinto beans can go up to 30 years) and a cost per serving of only 18 cents/half cup cooked, beans are on every prepper’s list of affordable survival superfoods. You can store them dried or canned, but make sure you keep them in a cool and dry location.

#4: Quinoa

2013 was the International Year of Quinoa and you know why? It is the only plant food that has all the essential amino acids, vitamins, and trace elements. It also easily adapts to different climates and it’s considered to have an important role in eradicating hunger because of these nutritional characteristics.

Dried quinoa can last an amazing 25 years or more, so go ahead and invest in bulk supply – a pound costs between $5 and $8 and you can cook tens of dishes with it.

#5: Cabbage

I’m sure you often overlook it, but this green is more nutritious than people are aware of. It has disease-fighting superpowers (antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, high in vitamins, folic acid, and antioxidants; it’s also an amazing source of fiber).

It costs as little as 11 cents a serving, it’s available throughout the year and it stores well for 12 to 18 months in the freezers.

Attention: Don’t wash it before storing it, it will considerably shorten its life.

#6: Peanut butter

It’s not only a great superfood but also a treat to have on hand. It’s full of proteins, magnesium, fats, and carbs – a staple survival food for most preppers.

Easily stored in vacuum-sealed jars for up to 5 years in root cellar conditions, peanut butter makes an excellent long-term survival food to include in your stockpile. Not as cheap as the other foods at $5 a jar, but it’s worth it and you can look up for good deals and buy it on discount.

A good alternative to peanut butter is almond butter (it has the same properties). Try them both and see which one your family likes better.

These superfoods are the best options at hand, in my opinion. It’s because they offer you all the nutrients you need, in a concentrated form and also last a great deal of time. And these are the two criteria you should evaluate survival food by nutritional power and shelf life.

If you know other affordable superfoods that meet these two criteria, please share them with us.

PS: Don’t forget to check out Medical Field Survival Guide

By My Family Survival Plan

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Epidemic Of Hunger: New Report Says 49 Million Americans Are Dealing With Food Insecurity

Epidemic Of Hunger - New Report Says 49 Million Americans Are Dealing With Food Insecurity

If the economy really is “getting better”, then why are nearly 50 million Americans dealing with food insecurity? In 1854, Henry David Thoreau observed that “the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation”. The same could be said of our time. In America today, most people are quietly scratching and clawing their way from month to month. Nine of the top ten occupations in the U.S. pay an average wage of less than $35,000 a year, but those that actually are working are better off than the millions upon millions of Americans that can’t find jobs. The level of employment in this nation has remained fairly level since the end of the last recession, and median household income has gone down for five years in a row. Meanwhile, our bills just keep going up and the cost of food is starting to rise at a very frightening pace. Family budgets are being squeezed tighter and tighter, and more families are falling out of the middle class every single day. In fact, a new report by Feeding America (which operates the largest network of food banks in the country) says that 49 million Americans are “food insecure” at this point. Approximately 16 million of them are children. It is a silent epidemic of hunger that those living in the wealthy areas of the country don’t hear much about. But it is very real.

The mainstream media and our politicians continue to insist that “things are getting better”, and that may be true for Wall Street, but the man who was in charge of the new Feeding America report says that the level of suffering for the tens of millions of Americans that are food insecure has not changed…

Nothing is getting better,” said Craig Gundersen, lead researcher of the report, “Map the Meal Gap 2014,” and an expert in food insecurity and food aid programs.”

Let’s stop talking about the end of the Great Recession until we can make sure that we get food insecurity rates down to a more reasonable level,” he added. “We’re still in the throes of the Great Recession, from my perspective.”

In fact, a different report seems to indicate that hunger in America is actually getting worse…

Children’s HealthWatch, a network of doctors and public health researchers who collect data on children up to 4 years old, says 29% of the households they track were at risk of hunger last year, compared with 25% the year before.

If someone tries to tell you that “the economy is getting better”, that person is probably living in a wealthy neighborhood. Because those that live in poor neighborhoods would not describe what is going around them as an “improvement”.

In particular, many minority neighborhoods are really dealing with extremely high levels of food insecurity right now. The following comes from a recent NBC News article…

“Minorities are facing serious hunger issues. Ninety-three percent of counties with a majority African-American population fall within the top 10 percent of food-insecure counties, while 60 percent of majority American Indian counties fall in that category.”

But if you don’t live in one of those areas and you don’t know anyone that is facing food insecurity, it can be difficult to grasp just how much people are actually suffering out there right now.

For example, consider the story of a young mother named Tianna Gaines Turner…

Tianna Gaines Turner can’t remember the last time she went to bed without worrying about how she was going to feed her three children.

She can’t remember the last time she woke up and wasn’t worried about how she and her husband would make enough in their part-time jobs to buy groceries and pay utilities on their apartment in a working-class section of Philadelphia.

And she can’t remember the last time she felt confident she and her husband wouldn’t have to skip meals so their children could eat.

Have you ever been in a position where you had to skip meals just so that other family members could have something to eat?

I haven’t, so it is hard for me to imagine having to do such a thing. But there are millions of parents that are faced with these kinds of hard choices every day.

Things can be particularly hard if you are a single parent. Just consider the story of Jamie Grimes…

After Jaime Grimes found out in January that her monthly food stamps would be cut again, this time by $40, the single mother of four broke down into sobs — then she took action.

The former high school teacher made a plan to stretch her family’s meager food stores even further. She used oatmeal and ground beans as filler in meatloaf and tacos. She watered down juice and low-fat milk to make it last longer. And she limited herself to one meal a day so her kids — ages 3, 4, 13, and 16 — would have enough to eat.

I have such admiration for working single mothers. Many of them work more than one job just so that they can provide for their children. It can be absolutely frustrating to work as hard as you possibly can and still not have enough money to pay the bills at the end of the month.

Those that believe that the economy has gotten “back to normal” just need to look at the number of women that have been forced to turn to government assistance. As I mentioned the other day, a decade ago the number of American women that had jobs outnumbered the number of American women on food stamps by more than a 2 to 1 margin. But now the number of American women on food stamps actually exceeds the number of American women that have jobs.

The truth is that we are nowhere close to where we used to be. The last major economic downturn permanently damaged the middle class, and now the next major economic downturn is rapidly approaching.

Right now, there are nearly 50 million Americans that are facing food insecurity. When the next economic crisis strikes, that number is going to go much higher.

There is going to be a great need for love and compassion in this country during the hard times that are coming. Instead of just cursing the darkness, I hope that you will choose to be a light to those that desperately need it.

By Michael Schneider

www.theeconomiccollapseblog.com