14 Foods To Always Have On Hand In Case Of Emergency
I think it’s safe to say that the past couple of years living in a pandemic has shown us that we truly cannot predict the future. But, we can take steps to prepare for a number of different scenarios in our own ways. It’s always a good idea to stockpile a reasonable amount of non-perishable food items in case of emergency – whatever that may be. Here’s a list of 14 foods to consider adding to your pantry should an emergency arise.
1. Protein Bars
Protein bars are filled with essential nutrients to give you a quick burst of energy and keep you full for longer. Look for protein bars that are low in artificial sugars and are filled with natural foods like seeds, nuts, and dried fruit.
2. Pasta & Sauce
It’s always good to keep some pasta and jars of sauce on hand, even if it’s just to whip up a quick dinner when you’re pressed for time. Pasta and sauce can last for an extremely long time, and is simple to heat and serve. Plus, it’s a great way to consume some carbs.
3. Canned Tuna
Canned tuna is a great source of protein, and can be eaten in salad, on crackers, in a sandwich, and so much more.
Speaking of crackers, you should always have a few boxes of sealed crackers in the pantry! You can eat crackers with so many other things, and if sealed correctly, they can last for quite a while.
5. Bottled Water
It’s always smart to keep some packs of bottled water stored in your pantry or somewhere else in your home. You never know when you may be without a safe water supply, and you certainly don’t want to become dehydrated.
6. Nut Butters
Nut butters like peanut butter and almond butter are full of protein and healthy fats. It pays to keep a few containers on hand at all times.
7. Canned Vegetables
Not only are canned vegetables handy to have on hand when you’re pressed for a quick dinner idea – they’re also a source of some much-needed nutrients. Try to keep a variety of canned vegetables like canned beans, asparagus, onions, peas, carrots, tomatoes, etc. for both nutrition and flavor.
8. Canned Fruit
If you can’t get access to fresh fruit, canned fruit is a suitable alternative! Look for options that don’t contain added sugar if possible.
9. Dried Fruit
And on the topic of fruit, dried fruit is another great option for a quick snack. When stored correctly, dried fruit can last for a long time.
10. Nuts & Seeds
I always have at least one jar of nuts and seeds in our pantry. Nuts and seeds are a quick way to consume protein and healthy fat. Plus, who doesn’t like trail mix?!
If for any reason you’re forced to be confined to your home and use the items on this list, you’ll want them to taste good! For that reason, you’ll want to keep a good supply of your favorite spices, including salt and pepper, on hand.
12. Oil & Vinegar
And on a similar note, oil is a good source of healthy fat, and oil and vinegar combined can be used to season so many different foods. Store in a cool, dark place, and they’ll keep for ages!
13. Dried Oats
Dried oats are a healthy source of carbs, and can be used for so many different things – like oatmeal!
14. Pet Food
If you have pets, it never hurts to keep an extra bag or two of their sealed food on hand.
We don’t need to panic and become doomsday preppers, but it does help to keep a bit of non-perishable food around the house, just in case. Every time you visit the grocery store, add an item or two off this list to your cart, and gradually build up your supply. You never know when you may need it – even if it’s just for a weeknight dinner when you’re especially busy!