Emergency foods

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    Mar 19, 2009 8:02 PM GMT
    Last night, just before I was going to go to bed, I realized I was really hungry. Not of the "I feel like a snack" level, but more of the "I need a meal" level of hungry. I figured I needed something substantial or else I would end up waking up in the middle of the night starving. Unfortunately, I was pretty low on foods that don't take long to cook--I've been eating healthier lately, and I was out of eggs, bread, all cooked meat, frozen shrimp, canned tuna, and had little enough milk left that I figured I only had enough for one shake, and I needed that for today. I had no microwaveable meals-in-a-box type things; I'm still unsure whether even the healthier options like Lean Pockets are a great idea. I ended up breaking out my emergency package of crescent rolls and ate a pint of cottage cheese and the last cup of strawberries while I waited for them to bake. Not a bad meal from a nutritional profile, but it got me thinking: what sort of foods should I be stocking as emergency foods these days?

    As a general point in terms of my weight, my long-term goal is to hopefully gain 5-10 pounds of muscle and lose maybe 2 pounds of fat in the process; that will get me pretty much into my ideal range. As such, my diet these days is fairly heavy in protein in the forms of chicken, cottage cheese, eggs, tuna, shrimp, and deli turkey, and what carbohydrates I'm getting are mostly from whole grain breads, raw fruit, steamed vegetables, and milk. Resistance training is primarily as much weight as I can handle for 8 or so reps with good form, and cardio is a mix of plyometrics, interval training, swimming, and running--I've been trying to build my endurance and speed, so I've been running for half an hour on 3 days a week.

    I also realize I should probably explain the concept of emergency foods. I keep a package of crescent rolls in the fridge at essentially all times as it's the best way I've come up with to have some sort of bread product in the house for when I run out of normal bread--the package will keep for months without molding. When I break into it, it pretty much means that I have to go grocery shopping the next day. In my house growing up, we kept a package of fish sticks in the freezer for a similar purpose: if we ran out of all other food, we had something available for dinner, and my mother hated fish sticks so much that she would go grocery shopping the following day, regardless of whether it was convenient. I always keep some boneless skinless chicken tenders in the freezer, as they can be grilled or baked as dinner when I've run out of other food, but defrosting them and then cooking them was more effort than I was looking for right before bed.

    So, any thoughts? Should I make sure I have some soup in a can? Frozen microwaveable options? Buy more eggs than I think I'll actually need, because they can keep for several weeks? Put some whole grain flatbread/pitas/tortillas in the freezer? Shell out the larger cost of some meal replacement drinks to break out in such a circumstance? I'm looking for something relatively healthy which won't go bad quickly and which can take the place of a full meal with only a few minutes of preparation and cooking. I'm not really sure which way I should be going here.
  • sarmorgh

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    Mar 20, 2009 5:14 AM GMT
    Canned beans. Cheap, filling, healthy, versatile, and they keep forever.
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    Mar 20, 2009 5:35 AM GMT
    MRP drinks don't satisfy the hunger for me. If I get a late night craving, it's usually a "baked" potato in the microwave. Or a few hard boiled eggs. Or a PBJ sandwich. Those tuna fish in a pouch aren't too bad either. I think I saw chicken breast in a pouch also.

    I was thinking about picking up some single serving microwave rice. They're kinda pricey, but of course I would only eat them as an "emergency food".

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    Mar 20, 2009 5:51 AM GMT

    (whispers) ...is anyone going to acknowledge the elephant in the room, the OP's wall of text? icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 20, 2009 6:17 AM GMT
    Just don't do what I do...throw something in the microwave and think 6 mins

    I'll have a cookie, and a cereal bar, and a couple of handfulls of cheerios

    and then by the time it's ready i'm not hungry any more icon_sad.gif
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    Mar 20, 2009 6:28 AM GMT
    Steamed rice and boil and bag curry.

    Protein bars in the pantry from Trader Joes.

    Beans beans beans