Food storage for diabetics

Diabetic Food Storage
Food storage for people who have diabetes

Food storage for diabetics:
What survival foods should you stockpile if you are a diabetic?
Food storage for diabetics is no different from other kinds of food
storage ~ you just need to be more selective and more creative.
The stakes are high and the payoffs immense, but take heart.
Stockpiling the correct diabetic friendly foods can reduce stress
and the possibility of hypoglycemic attacks. It can save a life!

Below are some diabetic food storage ideas..

Diabetic Food Storage
If you or someone you love is a diabetic, you may be worrying
about your emergency food storage. Most of the freeze dried
meals for example are loaded with potatoes, rice and pasta. The
good news is that diabetics can still eat tasty meals as everyone
else, by doing a few things differently, such as:
  • dosing correctly with insulin if prescribed
  • reducing the serving size
  • bulking up the meats and vegetables to the freeze dried
    foods that have potatoes, rice and pasta
  • making your own meals using ingredients like diabetic pas

For many diabetics, food is just a series of decisions (store this
and not that). Pretty much you can eat what everyone else does,
and just limit portion size. Some diabetics are more strict in
managing their diet, but either way managing your blood sugar
as a diabetic is a series of smart choices. With these things in
mind, here is some important information on storing food for
diabetics. Below are some good choices ~ a diabetic food list
just for preppers...

Foods for diabetics to stockpile include:

#1: Diabetic friendly specialty foods.
When you're stressed and hungry, you're going to need some
ready to eat shelf stable diabetic-friendly specialty foods. Add
these suggested foods to your stockpile to see what you like

  • Diabetic Kitchens Cheesy Bread Mix. Put bread on the menu
    again because these muffins have no added sugar and
    they're low in carbs. The sunflower seed flour and prebiotic
    fiber in these muffins you maintain ketosis. Two mini-
    muffins pack more fiber than a bran muffin (over a quarter
    of your daily fiber requirement) without the carbs and gluten.

  • Elan Sugar Free Nut Granola. High protein, high fiber, low
    carb fresh granola cereal, Elan's Sugar Free Nut Granola is
    pictured at the top of the page. Made with crunchy nut,
    seeds, and a touch of sea salt, it's the most pure, clean,
    and delicious granola you taste. With natural cinnamon, no
    sugar added, this granola is loaded with cashews, pecans,
    pistachios, and oats ~ without  any processed, artificial, or
    filler ingredients.

  • Extend Nutrition food bars. The only formula clinically
    proven to help control blood sugar for 6 to 9 hours, Extend
    Nutrition bars, pictured immediate right, help control hunger
    and reduce calories consumed at next meal by 21%. This
    helps reduce episodes of hypoglycemia by up to 75%. It als
    helps improve muscle recovery and sustain energy necessary
    for dealing with a crisis.

#2: Black beans and brown rice.
Store black beans and brown rice for diabetics, instead of pinto
beans and white rice. Pinto beans are fine, but black turtle beans
are better. They have more protein, fiber and more of everything!

Healthline says
beans are a superfood for diabetics, and we say
black beans are the best of the beans for people who have
diabetes. That's because a cup of black beans has 15 grams of
fiber, which is more than half of the recommended daily
requirement. Low on the glycemic index, black beans can help
manage blood sugar levels, and also they have folate, iron,
magnesium, and potassium. Mostly it's the fiber content that
makes black beans such a good food storage idea for diabetics.

Dried black beans have a long shelf life are an excellent food
storage for people with diabetes, but you'll also want to store
some canned beans that don't require soaking or long cooking
times. The benefit of dried beans is that you can control the
sodium content, the drawback is that they require time in
cooking.  Try black bean burgers. You don't need to serve your
black bean burger on a bun, but if you do then be sure to serve it
on high quality grains. Serve the
Augason Farms black bean
burgers on a salad or use the mix as a filling for burritos or tacos.

The perfect protein is beans combined with rice, but since white
rice is a big no-no for people with diabetes, choose brown rice!
Augason Farms has a long-grain brown rice that has a
seven year shelf life. It's nutty and flavorful, but it takes longer
to cook and white rice lasts significantly longer at around 25

#3: Oats, oatbran and oatmeal.
Whole grains are extremely important to people who have
diabetes. Examples of whole grains include whole oats.
Oats are a good alternative grain considering many people with
Type II diabetes have difficulty with wheat.

Oats help control your blood sugar and manage diabetes, but
even if you don't have diabetes it's wise to stockpile oats. You
can grind oats into flour, make milk from oats and so much more
to add variety to your food storage. Traditionally for use in
making oatmeal, you can use oats in everything from meatloaf to
muffins. Most people will use oats to make oatmeal! To that
end, here's what to stock to enhance your oatmeal:

  • Freeze dried blueberries. A burst of flavor, freeze dried or
    dried blueberries are a high density fruit with antioxidants.

  • Shredded coconuts. Shredded unsweetened coconut adds
    flavor, fiber and texture.

  • Flax seed. A power food high in fiber, stir in some flax
    seeds or flax seed powder with your oats to add a delicious
    texture. Another of the diabetic superfoods, flax seed
    provides the high fiber content that people with diabetes in
    particular require. Rich in Omega-3  fatty acids, which
    supports normal cardiovascular function and helps to
    maintain healthy hair, skin and nails.

  • Chia seeds. Chia seeds are a densely rich food, and a
    versatile addition to cereals, yogurts, drinks and baked
    goods. Chia seeds are alos a prebiotic food, meaning that
    they are healthy in conjunction with probiotics because they
    feed the healthy bacteria in your gut.

#4: Blueberries (freeze dried and dehydrated).
Diabetics don't need to stay away from whole fruit and there are
some fruits that are very good for diabetics. One of them is
blueberries! Not only are they a good source of soluble fiber, but
they also have anthocyanins which improve insulin resistance.
Anthocyanins also are antioxidants that protect your heart health
and are an ideal cancer defense. The best thing about
blueberries for people with diabetes is that they inhibit digestive
enzymes and this helps slow down blood sugar spikes after
starchy meals.

Blueberries balance blood sugar and reduce the side effects of
diabetes. The deep blue-purple pigments strengthen capillaries
and blood vessels, discourage urinary tract infections, enhance
circulation, improve eye health, as well as cardiovascular well-
being, and brain function. You can't beat blueberries!

It's possible to stockpile fresh blueberries. The answer is easy
when you think in terms of both freeze dried blueberries and
dehydrated blueberries. They each have different textures and

  • Freeze dried blueberries. You can use Freeze dried
    blueberries to make shakes! Loaded with antioxidants,
    naturally low in fat, and high in Vitamin C, the nutrient-rich
    berries from Augason Farms.  Freeze dried fruits are great
    for desserts, smoothies, fruit salads and toppings; just soak
    in water to rehydrate and toss in your favorite recipe. Add
    them to the diabetic pancake mix, right. Or, pour a variety
    of fruits into a bag-straight from the can-and you have a
    convenient snack for hiking, camping, work or the kids’ lunch

  • Dehydrated blueberries. Dehydrated blueberries are ideal
    for snacking or for addition to cereals, but they're also good
    in pies, jams, jellies and other creative applications.

Freeze dried and
dehydrated fruits are an excellent whole food to
stockpile if you're a diabetic, though some are sugar risers. You
need to watch the kinds of fruits along with the added sugars.
Syrups in canned fruits from the grocery store, for example can
be an unnecessary sugar riser. Another important consideration
is avoiding the sugared dried fruits, like mangoes,pineapples and
papayas. Fruits on their own are best, but unfortunately they
don't have a long shelf life.

#5: Broccoli (freeze dried).
Diabetics need to store non-starchy and high fiber veggies.
Easily one of the most popular freeze dried vegetables, broccoli
is an ideal food storage choice for people with diabetes because
it's a high-fiber vegetable that's non-starchy. People with
diabetes should look to add more non-starchy vegetables to their
diet and broccoli is the perfect solution.

Broccoli is a primal whole food with essential vitamins and
minerals that's available in freeze dried just for preppers. Even if
you don't add water, freeze dried broccoli tastes great. You can
snack on it quickly without rehydrating or heating, which is an
important factor when looking to stockpile foods for a diabetic.

What's more, freeze dried broccoli is packed with vitamins A and
C, but it's also loaded with fiber, which is a key reason it makes
it to our list of diabetic friendly food list.

#6: Canned tuna and salmon.
Of the basic food storage options for diabetics canned tuna and
salmon come to mind. Fish can help lower blood pressure and
reduce risk of blood clotting, which is why the American Diabetes
Association recommends stocking canned tuna and salmon, along
with other kinds of canned fish, such as mackerel and sardines.

Tuna and salmon in the can are palatable for most, but these
fish are ideal for people with diabetes because of the protein
and because they are easy to find at the grocery stores. If you
don't eat much tuna or salmon, look for the water-packed
varieties, which have a longer shelf life than the ones packed in

Both salmon and tuna are excellent foods to stockpile if you
have someone who has diabetes in the household, but these
diabetic friendly food can be difficult to eat without pasta or
bread since excessive intake of carbohydrates could lead to
hyperglycemia (high blood sugar).

That's why it's realistic for diabetics to moderate, but not totally
eliminate carbohydrates from their diet. One way to do that is
with pilot bread.
Pilot bread is the modern day hard-tack. Snacks
for diabetics should be a combination of fat, protein, and
carbohydrates. Tuna salad with mayonnaise and pilot crackers
can be that perfect combination. You can stock small jars of
mayonnaise or
mayonnaise packets.

Low blood sugar can be life threatening and you'll need stock
  • Quick acting carbohydrate (glucose tablets, orange juice).
  • Long lasting carbohydrate sources (cheese and crackers).

#7: Cinnamon.
Cinnamon is a natural for helping you control blood sugars, but
when you choose cinnamon, look only for Cinnamon from Ceylon.  
The real stuff is from Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, and is called
Cinnamomum zeylanicum. It's worth the extra expense.

So, is the craze about Ceylon Cinnamon legit? As ayurvedic
doctors discovered this aromatic spice that has a light sweet
scent, and endorsed the vitality given by this true cinnamon,
prices for this precious spice began to rise: so much so that its
price per ounce surpassed the price of gold.

Eventually, sailors from the West happily circumnavigated the
globe to bring the spice to the people and...well, read more
Cinnamon from Ceylon. Rest assured that Ceylon cinnamon
is highly prized because it is sweeter and milder than the rest,
but what makes Ceylon cinnamon especially important for people
who have diabetes is that it helps balance your blood sugar. In
an emergency you must control blood sugar spikes. Do it
naturally with Ceylon cinnamon.

#8: Diabetic drink options.
You're hungry for information on food to stockpile for diabetes,
but you really must consider:

  • Chamomile tea.  Make chamomile tea part of your overall
    preps. Not only is tea a survival tool but this is even more
    true for people with diabetes. Chamomile teal in particular
    boosts insulin level for those with diabetes. Chamomile tea
    offers help for those with diabetes complications, including
    prevention of vision loss, nerve damage, and kidney
    damage. Incidentally, chamomile tea is also ideal for
    anyone suffering from the Shingles, which is good to keep in

  • Coffee. If you love coffee then you can rejoice if you have
    someone with diabetes in the household because there's
    more good reason than ever to stockpile coffee. Coffee may
    reduce diabetes risk, according to, but it's not
    the caffeine content. Apparently caffeine on its own can
    actually increase glucose levels. The interesting thing is
    that it's rare for coffee drinkers to get diabetes. In a study
    reported by, "Women who consumed 6 or
    more cups per day had a 22% lower risk of diabetes!" That's
    just one of the perks of drinking coffee.

  • Powdered milk. Stocking emergency powdered milk in your
    preps is important for body and mind, especially for people
    with diabetes because they are more susceptible to bone
    fractures. Everyone knows that milk has calcium, and a cup
    of milk (fat free or skim, calcium fortified) has just 86
    calories, but it has about 40% (8.4 grams) of protein.

    What's more, powdered milk packs a variety of vitamins to
    help you get through stressful times. In addition to calcium
    and Vitamin D, milk also has Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin
    C and Vitamin E! Don't worry too much about the sugars ask
    milk metabolizes slowl. Milk may prevent Type II diabetes
    because it's rich in lactose, according to a study published
    in the Journal of Nutrition. Milk can add variety to your
    prepper's pantry. With powdered milk you can make yogurt,
    sour cream, cream cheese, buttermilk and more ~ there are
    101 things you can do with powdered milk.

#9: Green beans.
Another of the non-starchy vegetables that people with diabetes
should favor,
canned green beans are a good food to stock. Many
preppers can their own green beans, but freeze dried green
beans are a terrific option. Unlike the soggy green beans that
may come from a can, freeze dried green beans retain a crisp
texture. Pictured right,
Mother Earth Freeze Dried Green beans,
are 100% natural and very snackable. They're great in recipes,
salads or right out of the jar. Its a fun way to introduce kids to
green beans. They're non GMO and gluten free  and you ca=n
store them for up to 25 years under proper conditions.

#10: Freeze dried chicken.
Not available in the grocery stores, but very worthwhile
stockpiling if you are a diabetic prepper is
freeze dried chicken.
Freeze dried chicken isn't something you often think about in
terms of diabetic food, but it's not only a great protein for your
dinners, but it's also something you can snack on straight from
the can! Having freeze dried chicken breast chunks handy
enables a prepper to quickly get protein in an emergency. Toss
them into your soups and stews to give a protein boost.

#11: Quinoa.
Quinoa has grown in popularity and availability leading some to
believe that it's a new grain. To some quinoa is an ancient whole
grain with the primal power of fiber! Quinoa, the grain of the
Incas, can decrease glucose levels in diabetics. It's a delicately
flavored, highly nutritious grain that's high in fiber and protein
and has nine essential amino acids. You may be surprised to
learn that this "grain" is actually a seed that's eaten like a grain
and has the nutrition of dried milk. You guessed it, quinoa is
high in calcium, but it's also high in copper, iron, magnesium,
manganese, phosphorous, potassium, and zinc.

#12: Lentils.
Lentils are somewhere between a pea and bean and ideal for
your diabetic food storage. While the shape of lentils may
remind you of a split pea, they're not as sweet. Lentils are
legumes and have a long shelf life, but more importantly lentils
cook much more quickly than beans. Most people have at one
time or another tried a lentil soup, which is high in fiber, but
lentils are also delicious in rice. It's better to
stockpile dried
lentils for your recipes to make your own soups, since canned
lentil soups usually are high in sodium.
Augason Farms Lentils,
pictured right, are available in a convenient bucket for long-term
food storage.

#13: Peas.
Peas have a Glycemic Index rank of 22 which is low making them
ideal for people who have diabetes. While peas are loaded with
carbohydrates, they also contain lots of fiber and protein to help
slow digestion and this helps to stabilize blood sugar levels.

Reaching for peas as a snack is a very addicting habit. Snacking
on freeze dried peas is a great way to get some extra veggies
into your diet. They're slightly sweet and crunchy without the
mushy texture of canned or frozen peas.

#14: Pemmican.
Pemmican is a favorite prepper food in the ancient tradition of
Native Americans who creates them for the hunt. It's a complete
protein and a concentrated food bar, meant to be high energy
and portable in the spirit of what Native Americans ate to
sustain them. Traditionally made of animal fat and protein with
dried fruit, a pemmican bar today may have almonds, raisins,
sunflower seeds with cocoa. These dense bars are amazingly
filling. Just remember to drink plenty of water with a

#15: Powdered peanut butters, nut butters.
A diagnosis of diabetes is frightening and overwhelming,
especially when it comes to what to put on your plate in an
emergency, but one of the easiest go-to foods for people with
diabetes is peanut butter. Peanut butter offers a diabetic much
needed protein.

Likely, you already have peanut butter as part of your everyday
food storage if you are storing foods for a diabetic, but ordinary
peanut butter has a relatively short shelf life, which is why you
should also think in terms of peanut butter powder, like the
Augason Farms peanut butter powder, pictured right which has a
long shelf life (about five years). You mix it with water when
you're ready to use it. There's no oil, just three simple
ingredients, peanuts, sugar and iodized salt. Because it has
sugar, you'll need to use it wisely.

Try Augason Farms peanut butter powder on sandwiches,
smeared on celery, mixed into cookie dough, or blended into a
smoothie and you’ll discover that the versatility of this
dehydrated peanut butter is undeniable. Sprinkle this peanut
butter powder over an almond milk; dust powder over buttered
toast, popcorn, brownies, cakes or cupcakes; add to chicken
breading for your next stir fry; or mix with cream cheese for a
tasty apple dip. The options are endless (and delicious)!

Did you know
Sunbutter can also help stabilize blood glucose?
You can put together your own diabetic emergency food kit with
Sunbutte on the Go cups, pictured right, which each have 9
grams of protein.

Manage your diabetes with
Extend Peanut Butter Bars. Helps
avoid blood sugar highs and lows; Doctor invented to help reduce
episodes of hypoglycemia by up to 75% and AM hyperglycemia;
recommended by doctors, dieticians certified diabetes educators
for glucose control.

#16: Vinegar.
Did you know vinegar helps diabetics maintain sugar levels?
Take two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water
daily for diabetic health. Vinegar has acetic acid which slows the
digestion of starch and lowers the rise glucose.

Discover the many benefits of apple cider vinegar for people with
diabetes, and how it slows the rise of sugar in the blood.

Get your Diabetic Prepper's Pantry Going!
Food storage for diabetics follows the same principal as for other
preppers: buy what you eat and eat what you buy. The main
difference is that you'll need to stockpile foods that stabilize
your blood glucose readings and balance this need with storing
the kinds of foods that have a long shelf life. You'll also want to
have emergency foods that are ready to eat quickly and that will
help provide the energy that's much needed in an emergency.
Below are some more sugstions.

Other diabetic foods for long term storage include:
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Get creative!
There isn't much information on food storage for people with
diabetes, but we hope this has helps you or a loved one.

It's possible to get just about any food you crave, even avocado!
Something unusual to store is
avocado powder. While avocados
are great for people who have diabetes they are lousy food
storage, but you can buy an avocado powder that preserves all of
the avocado´s nutrition along with the taste, smell, color,
texture, vitamins, minerals and oils of the original fruit. You can
instantly reconvert it into avocado pulp just by adding cold water.
Best of all there's no refrigeration required before opening.

Happy endings...   
One of the main reasons to stockpile diabetic friendly foods is to
reduce your stress. When you reduce stress in an individual with
diabetes, you also help to reduce the load diabetics suffer to
impact their health. Stockpiling the correct foods reduces stress
for your family and reduces the possibility of hypoglycemic
attacks. The same rules of prepping applies to diabetics: store
what you eat and eat what you store.

Be sure to pack some vitamins!
According to, Zinc can help prevent Type 2 diabetes!
The best source of zinc is also some of the best food storage for
diabetics, including dried beans, fortified cereals, nuts, peas, and

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