How prepared are you with dehydrated and non-perishable foods to deal with the current coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic or other potential natural disasters or disruptions that may occur?
Some of the best budget-friendly family foods are dehydrated whole foods you can buy or DIY (Do It Yourself). Both your stove on low or one like the Excalibur dehydrator works well.
This blog is dedicated to helping you buy and store healthy food for your family. My goal is to share some of the best budget-friendly family foods that are dehydrated so you will be prepared and well-fed during this crazy coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Many people are dealing with financial challenges and can benefit from healthy and helpful tips to be prepared. With these simple steps, you can be healthier and eat better than you did before this current chaos possibly boosting your health and immune system.
“My consistent blog themes for over a decade have been focused on holistic health, improving our immune system and lifestyle by being better informed and inspired.” — Michael Morningstar
There is a lot of negative news and many people are frustrated with the lack of healthy and helpful suggestions for people other than to wash your hands and wear a mask. This blog offers tips that you can implement today to boost your health and immune system during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Remember…big companies spend big bucks to influence our behaviors, habits and thinking to sell us unhealthy products. We must first focus on a better action plan to be prepared and then buy healthy whole foods within our budget.
This blog post is based on many resources designed to help feed families with healthy whole foods for less money. There is a wealth of valuable information on dehydrated and dried versions of budget-friendly family foods. From a common-sense historical perspective, we realize that our ancestors survived and thrived by preparing and storing dehydrated (dried) foods such as berries, fish, fruits, grains, greens, herbs, legumes, meats, nuts, seaweeds, seeds, and vegetables without freezers and refrigerators.
Dehydrated and Dried Healthy Whole Foods
It is important to think about different dangers and disruptions when you create your healthy whole foods plan because there are many events that could impact your family. What if the electric power or refrigerator goes out for more than 24 or 48 hours? What if you are sick and only have time to plug in a crockpot or soak some nuts and seeds? These basic dried food items with a long shelf life can be made into delicious and nutritious meals.
- Beans: dried (black, green, kidney, Lima bean, navy, pinto, red, white)
- Fruits (apples, apricots, bananas, berries, cranberries, dates, figs, Goji berry, grapes, kiwi, papaya, pineapple, plantain, plums/ prunes, and raisins all make great dehydrated foods)
- Greens (cabbage, chard, collards, dandelion, kale, moringa, mustard greens, sesame greens, spinach can be dehydrated and stored)
- Herbs (basil, cilantro, dill, garlic, ginger oregano, parsley, peppers, rosemary, thyme, and turmeric can be eaten fresh or dried)
- Jerky (fish, meat, mushrooms can be dehydrated)
- Mushrooms (many Asian markets sell dried mushrooms)
- Nuts (dried raw almonds, Brazil nut, cashew, hazelnut, pecans, walnuts have a good shelf life when stored in a cool dry place)
- Pulses (dried blackeye peas, chickpeas, cowpeas, dahl, green peas, lentils, mung beans, and yellow peas have a very long shelf life)
- Rice (black, brown, red, white) offers low-cost food with a fairly stable shelf life.
- Root vegetables (beets, carrots, sweet potato can be sliced and dehydrated)
- Seeds (chia, flax, oats, pumpkin, quinoa, sunflower can be soaked and eaten or spiced and dehydrated into bars and crackers)
- Seaweeds and algae (dried) are a great source of antioxidants, fiber, minerals, and nutrients
- Tomatoes (dehydrated or sun-dried)
Foods can be purchased that are already dehydrated so most of the work is done for you. Or you can use a dehydrator or your oven to dehydrate your own foods. This is especially helpful if you have access to low cost or surplus foods that would spoil if not dehydrated.
Bananas are a great example of food you can buy for a low cost and then dehydrate them for longer shelf life and tasty treat that many consider nature’s natural candy. These whole foods can provide essential antioxidants, enzymes, fiber, minerals, phytonutrients, trace elements, and vitamins at a very affordable price that allows you to stock up and be prepared.
Our ancestors learned the best ways to dehydrate and store foods to help them survive and thrive hard times and even epidemics. Remember, buying or dehydrating your own foods is a proven strategy to provide nutrient-dense whole foods at very affordable prices. My dehydrator is a nine tray Excalibur. When you compare the cost of dehydrated healthy whole foods with their quality calories and nutrients you will quickly see they are a bargain compared to most bread, canned veggies, cereals, chips, crackers, and junk foods.
Passion and Purpose
The passion and purpose of Morningstar NEWS are to condense many hours of research down to two minutes of education, information, and inspiration for a healthy lifestyle and mindset. Remember, it is essential to have a good supply of dehydrated and dried foods to boost your health and immune system at very affordable prices. What new dehydrated foods will you buy and consume to make your health a higher priority during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic?
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