Don’t forget to stock your favorite snacks, even when you’re stocking up for emergencies. It’s my hope that at this point each of my readers has come to realize just how important it is to be stocked up with enough nonperishable foods and water in your pantry.
That way, in case an emergency situation were ever to happen, your family would have one less thing to worry about. But you also don’t want to be stocked up only on items like canned beans and white rice.
Because, who knows how long your situation could last and those beans and rice could become a little boring. It wouldn’t be long before your family grew tired of eating those types of foods and would be craving a sweet or salty snack. I love dark chocolate, Dark Chocolate, and don’t forget Milk Chocolate too.
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Stock Your Favorite Snacks
This is why I personally believe that you shouldn’t forget about stocking up on some of those fun and delicious food items as well. There are several fabulous snack items that can be stored for longer periods of time.
Some of them are even healthy for you, providing your family with energy when they need it the most. So be sure to keep reading to find out what they are! Stock your favorite snacks because, in the end, it will be worth it!
Protein or Fruit Bars
Protein bars, along with fruit bars, are two healthy snack options that can easily be stored. They have a decent amount of vitamins and minerals to help you through the day. I realize they don’t have a very long shelf life, but six months will work when you need a treat in your pantry inventory.
I like to keep a box or two of protein bars in my pantry at all times because they come in handy whenever I’m feeling a little lightheaded or need an energy boost. But keep in mind, just because they say protein on them, doesn’t mean that they’re that good for you. Try to avoid the ones that are full of sugar and actually look for those varieties with a high percentage of protein. Oatmeal Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
If you have a large family, then popcorn is definitely a snack that you’re going to want to have on hand. It’s not only filling, but it’s also a lot cheaper than buying a bunch of different salty snacks. All you need is some popcorn kernels, oil, and a little salt and you’re good to go! Don’t forget, on those special occasions you can enjoy some with the family on movie night at your house. Popcorn: Everything You Need To Know
Nuts are another healthy snack option that can be stored for long periods of time. They’re perfect for when you need a little something to munch on, but don’t want to eat something too heavy.
Plus, they contain a fair amount of protein and vitamins which is always a plus. Not only that, but there are plenty of options besides regular peanuts. With all the choices of nut varieties, you won’t get tired of the same old thing each time. I love having pecans, walnuts, almonds, pistachios, cashews, Macadamia, and a few others on hand! Health Benefits of Nuts: Stock Up
Rice cakes have lost a lot of their popularity since the 80s and late 90s, but you can still find them on the shelf at most grocery stores. They also make for a great healthy snack! They’re light, airy, and come in a variety of different flavors. You can even top them with peanut butter or cheese if you want to get a little creative. Food Prices Will Be Going Up
Dried fruit is perfect for when you’re craving something sweet but don’t want all the sugar that comes along with many fruit choices. Plus, they store really well so you don’t have to worry about them going bad as you do with fresh fruit. Just make sure to keep them in an airtight container once they’ve been opened so that they don’t get hard over time. Some dried fruits to look for include raisins, dried apricots, cranberries, mangoes, and pineapple. Summer Fruits You Should Be Eating
If you have children living in your home, then you know how important it is that you don’t run out of peanut butter no matter what the emergency may be. Peanut butter is not only a healthy snack full of protein, but it can also be used in a pinch as a sandwich or cracker spread. Some people even put them with pretzels. Just make sure that you have some bread and crackers stored away as well! Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars
Beef jerky and beef sticks are so good, but for some reason, most people only think about them while they’re on a road trip. However, they actually store really well so you can keep them around for snacks or even lightweight meals.
They have a lot of protein which makes them perfect for when you need an energy boost and they’re usually pretty low in fat as well. Just make sure to check the labels before you buy because some brands can be pretty high in sodium.
Canned or packaged tuna is another healthy snack option that can easily be stored. It’s perfect for when you need a little something to eat but don’t need a full meal. Plus, it’s full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids which are great for your heart and brain.
Just make sure that you get the ones that are packed in water and not oil, but rest assured, you’ll still have plenty of brands to choose from. 11 Emergency Foods That You Need Please note, I have found tuna becomes mushy if I have it stocked for longer than a year.
Don’t get stuck only drinking water during an emergency. Not only will it get boring, but you need to make sure that you’re getting enough sugar and various nutrients as well. That’s why it’s important to have some canned juices on hand. You can find them in a variety of different brands and flavors, so there’s bound to be something for everyone. And since they’re canned, they’ll store for a long time. 11 Cans Of Fruit I Recommend
Comfort Snacks (Optional)
While I’ll admit that this list mostly consists of healthier snacks, brace yourself because that’s not where this next one is going. If your family enjoys a handful of delicious potato chips or a few chocolate chip cookies every now in then, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to stock up on a few of your favorite comfort snacks as well.
But keep in mind that these types of food typically have a shorter shelf life, so you’ll need to rotate your junk food supply every few months. I confess, I eat a handful of chocolate chips a few times a month. I love chocolate!
So there you have it, a list of healthy and delicious snacks that can be stored away for your family in case of emergencies. Be sure to stock up on your favorites so that you always have something to eat when more than hunger strikes! May God Bless this world, Linda