Food Storage Basics

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You’ve all heard that old adage “You are what you eat.” Eating healthy foods is a good way to improve your health overall. Your body needs fuel to work properly and to maintain itself in proper form. Every single day you should ingest these three types of food.

chicken
chicken

Protein

Our bodies are made up primarily of fat stores, water and protein. Healthy protein is vital in muscles, bones, organs, skin and nails. Your body depends on protein. So what are your protein choices?

Simple chicken and turkey, cottage cheese, eggs, fish, lean beef, milk, shrimp and protein supplements such as whey powder.

cheese
cheese

Pre/Probiotics

Probiotics help with bacterial growth in the gut. They keep your system flourishing. Prebiotics encourage the growth of good bacteria which in turn helps keep the bad bacteria from taking over. Both probiotics and prebiotics aid in food digestion, help boost your immune system, elevate mood and helps to lower blood pressure. So what are your pro/prebiotic choices?

Honey,maple syrup, red wine, and cultured or fermented foods such as cheeses, sour creams, yogurt, and kefir as well as sourdough breads.

canned goods
canned goods

Plant Matter aka fruits vegetables
Plant matter can aid in digestion, adds fiber, and are full of vitamins and minerals. Some plants are protein rich as well, such as beans. Eat your fruits and veggies and grains.

When considering a long-term food pantry one should incorporate as many of these basic foods as possible. While one could live on beans and rice (the most often stored items) a variety of foods will aid in better long-term health. Store more than one source of protein such as canned (home or otherwise) meats such as canned ham, canned tuna, canned chicken, canned salmon as well as your variety of beans. Store dehydrated or freeze dried vegetables, or home canned from the garden. Ditto with fruits. Grains such as oatmeal vacuum seal in jars quite nicely for long term storage.

Variety is the spice of life. Your food storage pantry should reflect basic nourishment needs as well as a variety of fruits, vegetables and grains.


We are not medical professionals nor do we play one on TV. We are sharing common nutrition knowledge.