Food storage for diabetics

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Put together a diabetic bugout bag filled with your comfort foods
and diabetic supplies because the emergency shelters just won't
have food specifically available for diabetics and they won't have
your medicines, though they may have medical staff on hand.

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Diabetics must have a preparedness plan for power outages or
any emergency that disrupts food, water and medical supplies.
Learn more about
How to survive diabetes in an emergency.

Get creative!
It's possible to get just about any food you crave, even avocado!
Something unusual to store is
avocado powder. While avocados
are great for people who have diabetes they are lousy food
storage, but you can buy an avocado powder that preserves all of
the avocado´s nutrition along with the taste, smell, color,
texture, vitamins, minerals and oils of the original fruit. You can
instantly reconvert it into avocado pulp just by adding cold water.
Best of all there's no refrigeration required before opening.

Happy endings...   
One of the main reasons to stockpile diabetic friendly foods is to
reduce your stress. When you reduce stress in an individual with
diabetes, you also help to reduce the load diabetics suffer to
impact their health. Stockpiling the correct foods reduces stress
for your family and reduces the possibility of hypoglycemic
attacks. The same rules of prepping applies to diabetics: store
what you eat and eat what you store.

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Diabetic Food Storage
Food storage for people who have diabetes

Food storage for diabetics:
What survival foods should you stockpile if you are a diabetic?
Food storage for diabetics is no different from other kinds of food
storage ~ you just need to be more selective and more creative.
The stakes are high and the payoffs immense, but take heart.
Stockpiling the correct diabetic friendly foods can reduce stress
and the possibility of hypoglycemic attacks. It can save a life!

Below are some suggestions

Diabetic Food Storage
Food storage for diabetics follows the same principal: buy what
you eat and eat what you buy. The main difference is that you'll
need to stockpile foods that stabilize your blood glucose readings
and balance this need with storing the kinds of foods that have a
long shelf life. You'll also want to have emergency foods that are
ready to eat quickly and that will help provide the energy that's
much needed in an emergency.

There isn't much information on food storage for people with
diabetes, but we hope it helps you or a loved one. Below are
some good choices ~ a diabetic food list just for preppers...

For many diabetics, food is just a series of decisions (store this
and not that). Pretty much you can eat what everyone else does,
and just limit portion size. Some diabetics are more strict in
managing their diet, but either way managing your blood sugar as
a diabetic is a series of smart choices. With these things in mind,
here is some important information on storing food for diabetics.

Foods for diabetics to stockpile include:

#1: Black beans and brown rice.
Store black beans and brown rice for diabetics, instead of pinto
beans and white rice. Pinto beans are fine, but black turtle beans
are better. They have more protein, fiber and more of everything!

Healthline says
beans are a superfood for diabetics, and we say
black beans are the best of the beans for people who have
diabetes. That's because a cup of black beans has 15 grams of
fiber, which is more than half of the recommended daily
requirement. Low on the glycemic index, black beans can help
manage blood sugar levels, and also they have folate, iron,
magnesium, and potassium. Mostly it's the fiber content that
makes black beans such a good food storage idea for diabetics.

Dried black beans have a long shelf life are an excellent food
storage for people with diabetes, but you'll also want to store
some canned beans that don't require soaking or long cooking
times. The benefit of dried beans is that you can control the
sodium content, the drawback is that they require time in
cooking.  Try black bean burgers. You don't need to serve your
black bean burger on a bun, but if you do then be sure to serve it
on high quality grains. Serve the
Augason Farms black bean
burgers on a salad or use the mix as a filling for burritos or tacos.

The perfect protein is beans combined with rice, but since white
rice is a big no-no for people with diabetes, choose brown rice!
Thankfully
Augason Farms has a long-grain brown rice that has a
seven year shelf life. It's nutty and flavorful, but it takes longer
to cook and white rice lasts significantly longer at around 25
years.

#2: Blueberries (freeze dried and dehydrated).
Diabetics don't need to stay away from whole fruit and there are
some fruits that are very good for diabetics. One of them is
blueberries! Not only are they a good source of soluble fiber, but
they also have anthocyanins which improve insulin resistance.
Anthocyanins also are antioxidants that protect your heart health
and are an ideal cancer defense. The best thing about blueberries
for people with diabetes is that they inhibit digestive enzymes
and this helps slow down blood sugar spikes after starchy meals.

It's possible to stockpile blueberries! The answer is easy when
you think in terms of both freeze dried blueberries and
dehydrated blueberries. They each have different textures and
uses:

  • Freeze dried blueberries. You can use Freeze dried
    blueberries to make shakes! Loaded with antioxidants,
    naturally low in fat, and high in Vitamin C, the nutrient-rich
    berries from Augason Farms.  Freeze dried fruits are great for
    desserts, smoothies, fruit salads and toppings; just soak in
    water to rehydrate and toss in your favorite recipe. Add them
    to the diabetic pancake mix, right. Or, pour a variety of fruits
    into a bag-straight from the can-and you have a convenient
    snack for hiking, camping, work or the kids’ lunch boxes.

  • Dehydrated blueberries. Dehydrated blueberries are ideal
    for snacking or for addition to cereals, but they're also good
    in pies, jams, jellies and other creative applications.

Freeze dried and
dehydrated fruits are an excellent whole food to
stockpile if you're a diabetic, though some are sugar risers. You
need to watch the kinds of fruits along with the added sugars.
Syrups in canned fruits from the grocery store, for example can be
an unnecessary sugar riser. Another important consideration is
avoiding the sugared dried fruits, like mangoes,pineapples and
papayas. Fruits on their own are best, but unfortunately they
don't have a long shelf life.

#3: Broccoli (freeze dried).
Diabetics need to store non-starchy and high fiber veggies. Easily
one of the most popular freeze dried vegetables, broccoli is an
ideal food storage choice for people with diabetes because it's a
high-fiber vegetable that's non-starchy. People with diabetes
should look to add more non-starchy vegetables to their diet and
broccoli is the perfect solution.

Broccoli is a primal whole food with essential vitamins and
minerals that's available in freeze dried just for preppers. Even if
you don't add water, freeze dried broccoli tastes great. You can
snack on it quickly without rehydrating or heating, which is an
important factor when looking to stockpile foods for a diabetic.

What's more, freeze dried broccoli is packed with vitamins A and
C, but it's also loaded with fiber, which is a key reason it makes
it to our list of diabetic friendly food list.

#4: Canned tuna and salmon.
Of the basic food storage options for diabetics canned tuna and
salmon come to mind. Fish can help lower blood pressure and
reduce risk of blood clotting, which is why the American Diabetes
Association recommends stocking canned tuna and salmon, along
with other kinds of canned fish, such as mackerel and sardines.

Tuna and salmon in the can are palatable for most, but these fish
are ideal for people with diabetes because of the protein and
because they are easy to find at the grocery stores. If you don't
eat much tuna or salmon, look for the water-packed varieties,
which have a longer shelf life than the ones packed in oil.

Both salmon and tuna are excellent foods to stockpile if you have
someone who has diabetes in the household, but these diabetic
friendly food can be difficult to eat without pasta or bread since
excessive intake of carbohydrates could lead to hyperglycemia
(high blood sugar).

That's why it's realistic for diabetics to moderate, but not totally
eliminate carbohydrates from their diet. One way to do that is
with pilot bread.
Pilot bread is the modern day hard-tack. Snacks
for diabetics should be a combination of fat, protein, and
carbohydrates. Tuna salad with mayonnaise and pilot crackers can
be that perfect combination. You can stock small jars of
mayonnaise or
mayonnaise packets.

Low blood sugar can be life threatening and you'll need stock
carbohydrates:
  • Quick acting carbohydrate (glucose tablets, orange juice).
  • Long lasting carbohydrate sources (cheese and crackers).

#5: Chamomile tea.
You're hungry for information on food to stockpile for diabetes,
but you really must consider chamomile tea as part of your overall
preps. Not only is
tea a survival tool but this is even more true
for people with diabetes. Chamomile teal in particular boosts
insulin level for those with diabetes.

Chamomile tea offers help for those with diabetes complications,
including prevention of vision loss, nerve damage, and kidney
damage. Incidentally, chamomile tea is also ideal for anyone
suffering from
the Shingles, which is good to keep in mind.

#6: Cinnamon.
Cinnamon is a natural for helping you control blood sugars, but
when you choose cinnamon, look only for Cinnamon from Ceylon.  
The real stuff is from Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, and is called
Cinnamomum zeylanicum. It's worth the extra expense.

So, is the craze about Ceylon Cinnamon legit? As ayurvedic
doctors discovered this aromatic spice that has a light sweet
scent, and endorsed the vitality given by this true cinnamon,
prices for this precious spice began to rise: so much so that its
price per ounce surpassed the price of gold.

Eventually, sailors from the West happily circumnavigated the
globe to bring the spice to the people and...well, read more about
Cinnamon from Ceylon. Rest assured that Ceylon cinnamon is
highly prized because it is sweeter and milder than the rest, but
what makes Ceylon cinnamon especially important for people who
have diabetes is that it helps balance your blood sugar. In an
emergency you must control blood sugar spikes. Do it naturally
with Ceylon cinnamon.

#7: Coffee.
If you love coffee then you can rejoice if you have someone with
diabetes in the household because there's more good reason than
ever to
stockpile coffee. Coffee may reduce diabetes risk,
according to Webmd.com, but it's not the caffeine content.
Apparently caffeine on its own can actually increase glucose
levels. The interesting thing is that it's rare for coffee drinkers to
get diabetes. In a study reported by Webmed.com, "
Women who
consumed 6 or more cups per day had a 22% lower risk of
diabetes!" That's just one of the perks of drinking coffee.

#8: Green beans.
Another of the non-starchy vegetables that people with diabetes
should favor,
canned green beans are a good food to stock. Many
preppers can their own green beans, but freeze dried green beans
are a terrific option.

#9: Flax seed.
Another of the diabetic superfoods, flax seed provides the high
fiber content that people with diabetes in particular require. Rich
in Omega-3  fatty acids, which supports normal cardiovascular
function and helps to maintain healthy hair, skin and nails.

#10: Freeze dried chicken.
Not available in the grocery stores, but very worthwhile
stockpiling if you are a diabetic prepper is
freeze dried chicken.
Freeze dried chicken isn't something you often think about in
terms of diabetic food, but it's not only a great protein for your
dinners, but it's also something you can snack on straight from
the can! Having freeze dried chicken breast chunks handy enables
a prepper to quickly get protein in an emergency. Toss them into
your soups and stews to give a protein boost.

#11: Quinoa.
Quinoa has grown in popularity and availability leading some to
believe that it's a new grain. To some quinoa is an ancient whole
grain with the primal power of fiber! Quinoa, the grain of the
Incas, can decrease glucose levels in diabetics. It's a delicately
flavored, highly nutritious grain that's high in fiber and protein
and has nine essential amino acids.

You may be surprised to learn that this "grain" is actually a seed
that's eaten like a grain and has the nutrition of dried milk. You
guessed it, quinoa is high in calcium, but it's also high in copper,
iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, and zinc.

#12: Oats.
Whole grains are extremely important to people who have
diabetes. Examples of whole grains include whole oats.
Oats are a good alternative grain considering many people with
Type II diabetes have difficulty with wheat.

Oats help control your blood sugar and manage diabetes, but
even if you don't have diabetes it's wise to stockpile oats. You
can grind oats into flour, make milk from oats and so much more
to add variety to your food storage. Traditionally for use in
making oatmeal, you can use oats in everything from meatloaf to
muffins.

Most people will use oats to make oatmeal! To that end, here's
what to stock to enhance your oatmeal:

  • Freeze dried blueberries. A burst of flavor, freeze dried or
    dried blueberries are a high density fruit with antioxidants.

  • Shredded coconuts. Shredded unsweetened coconut adds
    flavor, fiber and texture.

  • Flax seed. A power food high in fiber, stir in some flax seeds
    or flax seed powder with your oats to add a delicious texture.

  • Chia seeds. Chia seeds are a densely rich food, and a
    versatile addition to cereals, yogurts, drinks and baked
    goods. Chia seeds are alos a prebiotic food, meaning that
    they are healthy in conjunction with probiotics because they
    feed the healthy bacteria in your gut.

#13: Lentils.
Lentils are somewhere between a pea and bean and ideal for your
diabetic food storage. While the shape of lentils may remind you
of a split pea, they're not as sweet. Lentils are legumes and have
a long shelf life, but more importantly lentils cook much more
quickly than beans. Most people have at one time or another tried
a lentil soup, which is high in fiber, but lentils are also delicious
in rice. It's better to
stockpile dried lentils for your recipes to
make your own soups, since canned lentil soups usually are high
in sodium.
Augason Farms Lentils, pictured right, are available in
a convenient bucket for long-term food storage.

#14: Pemmican.
Pemmican is a favorite prepper food in the ancient tradition of
Native Americans who creates them for the hunt. It's a complete
protein and a concentrated food bar, meant to be high energy and
portable in the spirit of what Native Americans ate to sustain
them. Traditionally made of animal fat and protein with dried
fruit, a pemmican bar today may have almonds, raisins, sunflower
seeds with cocoa. These dense bars are amazingly filling. Just
remember to drink plenty of water with a
pemmican bar.

#15: Powdered milk.
Stocking emergency powdered milk in your preps is important for
body and mind, especially for people with diabetes because they
are more susceptible to bone fractures. Everyone knows that milk
has calcium, and a cup of milk (fat free or skim, calcium fortified)
has just 86 calories, but it has about 40% (8.4 grams) of protein.

What's more, powdered milk packs a variety of vitamins to help
you get through stressful times. In addition to calcium and
Vitamin D, milk also has Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C and
Vitamin E! Don't worry too much about the sugars ask milk
metabolizes slowl.
Milk may even help prevent Type II diabetes
because it's rich in lactose, according to a study published in the
Journal of Nutrition.

Milk can add variety to your prepper's pantry. With powdered milk
you can make yogurt, sour cream, cream cheese, buttermilk and
more ~ there are
101 things you can do with powdered milk.

#16: Powdered peanut butters.
A diagnosis of diabetes is frightening and overwhelming,
especially when it comes to what to put on your plate in an
emergency, but one of the easiest go-to foods for people with
diabetes is peanut butter. Peanut butter offers a diabetic much
needed protein.

Likely, you already have peanut butter as part of your everyday
food storage if you are storing foods for a diabetic, but ordinary
peanut butter has a relatively short shelf life, which is why you
should also think in terms of peanut butter powder, like the
Augason Farms peanut butter powder, pictured right which has a
long shelf life (about five years). You mix it with water when
you're ready to use it. There's no oil, just three simple
ingredients, peanuts, sugar and iodized salt. Because it has
sugar, you'll need to use it wisely.

Try Augason Farms peanut butter powder on sandwiches, smeared
on celery, mixed into cookie dough, or blended into a smoothie
and you’ll discover that the versatility of this dehydrated peanut
butter is undeniable. Sprinkle this peanut butter powder over an
almond milk; dust powder over buttered toast, popcorn, brownies,
cakes or cupcakes; add to chicken breading for your next stir fry;
or mix with cream cheese for a tasty apple dip. The options are
endless (and delicious)!

#17: Sunbutter.
Sunbutter can also help stabilize blood glucose. Put together your
own diabetic emergency food kit with
Sunbutter on the go cups,
which each have 9 grams of protein.

#18: Vinegar.
Did you know vinegar helps diabetics maintain sugar levels? Take
two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water daily for
diabetic health. Vinegar has acetic acid which slows the digestion
of starch and lowers the rise glucose.

Discover the many benefits of apple cider vinegar for people with
diabetes, and how it slows the rise of sugar in the blood.

Other diabetic foods for long term storage include:
Chamomile Tea
Cheesy bread mix
Bamboo Shoots
Augason Farms Country Fresh milk bucket
101 things to do with Powdered Milk
White Quinoa
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Food storage for diabetics