It won’t be wrong to say most of the training and blogs focused on survival do not offer much for vegetarians. There are a lot of blogs on general survival advice for people who won’t mind hunting and eating animals but vegetarians have much fewer options. However, this does not mean that vegetarians do not have any options when it comes to survival.
In fact, there are a number of options for vegetarians, but as a vegetarian, you have to be slightly more creative. Vegetarians as well as meat eaters need to get proper quantities of carbohydrates, proteins, fats as well as various micronutrients to remain healthy.
While meat can provide a lot of these nutrients to meat eaters, there are a number of options available for vegetarians. Here is a list of some of the easily available survival foods for vegetarians.
One of the best ways to stock up on survival foods for vegetarians is to grow your own produce and can the veggies. There are a number of vegetables that can be canned and stored for a long period of time. However, make sure that the canning is done in the right manner to prevent botulism. It is also important to make sure that the nutrients and enzymes remain in the vegetables when you are scanning.
After all, you are not going to benefit from those canned vegetables with all the nutrition gone. In case you do not have available space to grow your own vegetables, you may join a food co-op. In this manner, you will be able to get fresh produce and then you can use that fresh produce for canning.
There are a number of dried foods that can be stored for a long period of time without any need for processing or canning. For instance, dried fruits are one of the best sources of vitamins. Similarly, dried beans can be used as a main source of protein.
One of the biggest advantages of dried beans is that these can be stored for a long period of time in airtight containers and these can be easily cooked. Similarly, you can store pasta for a number of months and years if you choose the right ingredients.
Few people are aware of the fact that coconut milk can be stored for years if it is stored in the right manner. Coconut milk is not just full of nutrients, but it can also be used for as a replacement for animal sourced milk in various recipes. Also, another advantage of coconut milk is that you can drink it straight. However, make sure that you get the unsweetened coconut milk or you will have to drink a very sugary coconut milk.
Coconut oil can also be used for almost everything. You can use it or cosmetic purposes as well as for cooking. In fact, it can also be used as a sunscreen. You can also use coconut oil for making a variety of other recipes. Since coconut oil remains solid below 72 degrees F, you can store it easily in a nice cold place.
As a vegetarian, you need to make sure that you have enough sources of micronutrients and vitamins in addition to protein, fat and carbohydrates. One of the best ways to get these vitamins is to stock up on multivitamins. You won’t be able to get enough quantity of important vitamins such as B6 and B12 in case you are relying upon canned vegetables only.
While you can get some from pistachios and other such seeds, the problem is that you will have to eat a lot of these to get these vitamins in adequate quantities. Therefore, it is better to stock up on multivitamins that can be stored for a number of years.
One of the most nutritious options for vegetarians when it comes to survival foods is granola bars. These are not only easy to make but you can put almost anything in these bars. Also, you can take these bars with you as a quick energy snack. These are easy to store and last for a very long time.
There are a number of recipes available online to make your own granola bars with dried fruits, berries, nuts and other things.
Many vegetarians prefer to preserve their food in a dried state in the form of fruit and veggie leather. To prepare fruit and veggie leather, you will need to make a paste of cooked fruits and vegetables. You need to cook the produce and reduce it to a paste with the help of a food mill.
Then use your food dehydrator to turn the paste into the leather. You can add some spices to this leather to have a quick meal that’s not just nutritious but also flavorful.
Overall, there are a number of options available today for vegetarians when it comes to survival foods. All you need to do is to evaluate your needs and stockpile the necessary supplies to ensure that you have everything when such a situation arises.