Survival foods are foods kept on hand in your home or car, to have available in case of some type of emergency. Situations in which you may need survival foods include natural disasters like an earthquake or hurricane, getting stranded because your car broke down, getting lost while out hiking or camping or during an economic crisis. By preparing and stocking up on foods before an emergency or disaster strikes, you can assure you and your family have enough food to survive until help arrives or the situation passes. You can find many gluten-free foods for your survival stock at your local supermarket.
Fruits provide nutrients such as vitamin C, folate, potassium and fiber. They come in a variety of options that can be stored, including dehydrated, freeze-dried and canned. Apples, bananas, mangos, apricots, blueberries, strawberries and grapes can all be found in dehydrated or freeze-dried form. Some easy-to-find canned fruit options include apricots, oranges, peaches and pears. Look for dehydrated or freeze-dried fruits prepared without added sugar and fruits canned in water.
Vegetables are a rich source of vitamins A, C and E, folate, potassium, fiber and phytonutrients. Canned vegetables work well for long-term storage. You can choose from a variety of vegetables, such as spinach, carrots, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, asparagus and artichokes. Be careful of canned vegetables prepared with sauces, however, as the sauce may not be gluten free. Instead, look for vegetables canned in water.
Meat, Poultry and Fish
Some high-protein foods should be a part of your survival stock. Meat, poultry and fish are all options that not only provide protein but also iron, zinc and B vitamins. You can choose dried meats, such as beef and turkey jerky, or canned poultry, such as chicken and turkey. Be sure to include some canned fish in your stock, such as tuna, salmon, herring or sardines, because they are rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
Grains, Nuts and Seeds
Grains provide nutrients such as B vitamins, minerals and fiber. Although many grains contain gluten, there are some gluten-free options. Quinoa, millet, buckwheat and rice are good choices. Keep in mind that you will need water and a way to cook these grains to make them edible. Because of this, it's important to have other ready-to-eat foods in your stock. Nuts and seeds, which provide protein, healthy fat, iron and B vitamins, are good foods to include in your survival supply. Grains, nuts and seed can be purchased and stored in their store packaging or purchased in bulk and put in air-tight, food-grade containers for storing.
Based near Boulder, Colo., Amber Olson has been writing health-related articles since 2009. She has served as a respiratory therapist, exercise specialist and yoga instructor. Olson holds a bachelor's degree in health, physical education and recreation from South Dakota State University and an associate's degree in respiratory care from Dakota State University.