As preppers, we want to make sure that we stock up on enough food for everyone in our households, but sometimes we forget that quality is just as important as quantity. If we are at a point where we have to rely on our food stock, we want to get all the nutritional value that we can to stay healthy as well. So, in addition to stocking up on canned goods, baking goods, and long shelf life items, there are a few superfoods you should stock up on.
What are Superfoods?
When it comes to superfoods, the term was made up as a marketing tool to influence food trends and sell products. In fact, they really don’t have their own food group. But, there are foods that are particularly beneficial to your health and well-being.
Superfoods are mostly plant-based foods that include some fish and dairy. These are considered superfoods because they are thought to be nutritionally dense and good for your health. They contain a variety of nutrients such as antioxidants, healthy fats, fiber, and crucial vitamins your body needs. Consuming foods that are high in nutrients (superfoods) is a great idea, but it’s important to consume a variety of nutritious superfoods, not just one or two.
Superfoods You Should Stock
Although superfoods was a term coined to market certain food products to you, there are a number of foods worthy of that title that you should stock. Here are 7 foods that may be worthy of the title Superfoods!
#1 Leafy Greens
Dark leafy greens are a great source of nutrients, such as zinc, calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, vitamin C, and fiber. In addition to being packed with nutrients, they also have the potential to reduce your risk of chronic illnesses, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Some of the best leafy greens to stock include:
These leafy greens aren’t always great on their own, but they make great soups, salads, smoothies, and stir fries. And, you can increase their shelf life by freezing them!
# 2 Berries
Over time, our bodies can build up and carry a lot of yucky things such as free radicals. The best way to get rid of the gunk is to eat foods high in antioxidants. Berries are powerhouses of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. Eating berries is associated with a reduced risk of heart disease, cancer, and inflammatory conditions. Some of the best berries to stock include:
Berries are great to eat by themselves, but they can be added to salads, treats, and smoothies as well. You can dehydrate them or freeze them to increase their shelf life.
#3 Nuts and Seeds Superfood
Rich in fiber, vegetarian protein, and healthy fats, nuts and seeds are great superfoods to have around. In addition to the above nutrients, they are also loaded with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which protect your body against oxidative stress. I suggest stocking a variety of your favorite nuts and seeds including:
- Brazil nuts
- Macadamia nuts
- Sunflower seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Chia seeds
- Hemp seeds
Nuts and seeds are delicious snacks, but they are also great in salads, soups, stews, and other recipes. The great thing is that nuts and seeds have a pretty decent shelf life. In fact, you can store them in unopened packages in your pantry for up to 6-months past their best by dates, in the refrigerator for up to a year, and in the freezer for up to two years!
Closely related to onions, garlic is a great source of manganese, vitamin C, vitamin B6, selenium, and fiber. Not only is garlic good for you, but its distinct flavor can add pizzazz to almost any recipe. In addition, garlic may be effective in reducing cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as supporting your immune system.
Keep garlic in a cool, dry place. Storage life in temperatures of 60 degrees Fahrenheit is 3 to 5 months.
Related: Garlic Everything You Need to Know
#5 Tumeric Superfood
Whether you like turmeric or not, you may want to stock it especially for sick days. This bright yellow spice is closely related to ginger, and it is used in India for a variety of medicinal benefits.
The active compound found in turmeric is curcumin which is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory source. Studies have shown that turmeric may be effective in treating and preventing chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. In addition, it also aids in wound healing and pain reduction.
#6 Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are root vegetables that are loaded with a variety of nutrients, including potassium (heart-healthy), fiber, and vitamins A and C. In addition to these nutrients, sweet potatoes are a great source of carotenoids which is an antioxidant source.
Be sure to store your potatoes in a dark, dry place that has a bit of humidity. Sweet potatoes can be stored for about a month. To get the longest shelf life possible, read my post Potatoes: How to Store After Harvesting.
Did you know that an avocado is actually a fruit? Many of us treat it like a vegetable, but it’s really a fruit. It’s rich in a variety of nutrients, including fiber, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats our bodies need. Additionally, they are high in Oleic acid which is linked to a reduction in inflammation in the body.
Firm, uncut avocados can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. But, if you want to keep them for up to 6-months, you can freeze them. Cut the avocados in half, peel the skin and wrap each half separately in plastic wrap. Then, place them in a freezer bag and freeze them.
Other Superfoods Posts to Check Out
If you want to learn more about foods you should stock, or other superfoods, check out some of these other posts, below:
- Health Benefits of Nuts
- Why You Should Stock Sauerkraut
- Garlic Everything You Need to Know
- Sweet Potatoes Everything You Need to Know
- 21 Reasons Why I Store Garlic
- Avocados Everything You Need to Know
- Coconut Oil Everything You Need to Know
- Chia Seeds What You Need to Know
Remember, stock what you eat! Just because it’s a superfood doesn’t mean you should stock it if you or your family don’t like to eat it. It won’t do you any good if you don’t eat it. Stocking up on both long-shelf-life items as well as superfoods is crucial to your health and survival. Make sure you have quality as well as quantity in your food stock items. Let me know about your experiences with these or other superfoods your family enjoys. Please keep prepping, we must. May God Bless this world, Linda
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