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September 29, 2009

Food Storage Ideas - Breakfast

Keep in mind when planning your food storage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. To ensure you are awake, alert, and have plenty of energy it is important to eat a good breakfast every day. There are plenty of options of what to store in your food storage for breakfast. The problem with some options is a lot of them take a lot of time/energy to prepare; not to mention the cost. Here is an idea as an alternative to your regular breakfast and something you can rotate with your storage.

Quick Oats. Quick oats possess all the qualities of a great survival food. They're quick, easy, nutritious, filling, and cheap. Quick oats are purchasable at any major supermarket or grocery store and have a shelf life of at least 1 year. One can purchase a 2+ pound container of oats for around $3. The 2lb. container of oats has 30, 1/2 cup servings per container. 1 container is enough for 1 person for a whole month! 1/2 cup of oats is enough to fill up nearly anyone for hours. They are cholesterol free, sodium free, and have a good amount of protein, fiber, and potassium.

Now trust me, eating plain oats everyday for a month would be torture. But the good part is you can add nearly any combination of additives to the oats to increase taste, flavor and variety. Honey is the first additive, and something that should be added to each serving. Honey is a natural sweetener and is jam packed with nutrients that your body needs. A 6 pound bottle of natural honey at your local warehouse retail chain will run you around $10 and has 108 servings in 1 bottle. Honey will make the oats sweet and a lot more tastey and edible.

There are endless combination's of things you can add to your oats. Honey should be added to all servings of oats. I also add 1 tbsp of cinnamon powder for additional flavor. Breakfast is also a great time to get in some fruits and adding your dehydrated fruits to the oats will give you the variety you need to eat it nearly every morning. I've eaten oats with dried blueberries, dried apples, raisins, and dried banana chips. Quick oats and the for-mentioned dried fruits are all included in my 3 month supply and the money that you save on breakfast frees up funds to contribute to the other meals or other preparedness supplies.