Saturday, October 24, 2009

Adequate Nutrition During an Emergency

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Did any of you notice the article in the random sampler of the October 2009 Ensign? It is titled "Adequate Nutrition During an Emergency" and is written by a registered dietitian, Miriam Blackham Een. It caught my attention because I don't have a large amount of protein in my 72-Hour kits.

Miriam suggests that we include items in our 72-Hour kits like dried fruit, peanut butter, crackers, drinking water, and meal replacements like protein shakes. Instant breakfast drinks, powdered milk and energy bars are also included in her pack.

"During perilous times, your body would especially need adequate nutrition." Think of how hard it would be to walk with your pack and your children in tow. We would definitely need extra protein and calories to help us get through the challenge.

Think through your 72-hour kits and the food that you have chosen. I know I am going to be looking for protein bars to go on sale. Emergency Essentials has individual peanut butter packs that we use in our kits. They are about 2 T of peanut butter and go great with crackers or the individual packs of wheat bread that they sell too.

"A sample meal for one person for 3 days would include 9 meal replacements plus 1 1/2 cups or a 12-oz bag of dried fruit, peanut butter to provide at least 6 two-tablespoon servings, and about 40 saltine crackers or another cracker equivalent."

Click HERE if you would like to read the full article from the Church website.

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