Healthy Prepper Foods You'll Love

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Prepping doesn't have to mean that your family only stores canned food.

In fact, it shouldn't.

One of the most important things about prepping for a disaster is realizing that your family still needs to eat well. If you're planning on losing power for a couple of days or being stuck at home for a week, chances are that canned food will be fine. You aren't going to die or go crazy after a week of dehydrated bananas.

That said, if you're expecting that you're going to lose power for a lengthier amount or time or if you're like many preppers who expect that the world as we know it is about to change in regards to food availability, it's important to start thinking about how you can feed your family fresh, healthy foods that will give them energy and optimum health during difficult times.

Perhaps one of the easiest ways to get food is to simply grow it yourself. Yes, you can do this even if you live in the city. While country preppers have the ability to raise chickens, cows, and picks for consumption, most city dwellers are going to be confined to growing fruits and vegetables. (Note: some counties do let homeowners have pet chickens, so make sure to check your local ordinances.)

If you haven't already started a container garden, now's the time to begin. In fact, I was just at Target today and their "discount" section at the front of the store has $1 bags of seed that come with a small pot and dirt. While this certainly isn't going to feed your family fully, these starter kits are a great way to introduce container gardening to your kids. You can start planting basil, strawberries, or even pumpkins right at home and later transplant them to larger pots.

This winter, my 7-year-old wants to try his hand at basil, so tomorrow we're going to plant. It's our first time with winter container gardening, so we'll see how it goes. He's optimistic, though, and I'm not going to complain about having fresh herbs all winter.

Just remember that when it comes to prepping, there's no such thing as "can't." If you believe you can do it, you can find a way to make it happen. If you believe that you really need to feed your family fresh food during emergencies, make sure that you're thinking up ways to make it possible. Even if your solution is to trade goods or services with your neighbor who has apple trees in his back yard, that's a start.

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