Hope this post finds everyone in our community and state and throughout the south well and in a safe and loving place.
Food is nourishment for our bodies but also our souls. We extend a welcome into our homes, our celebrations, our sorrows, our lives, and our hearts with food. It took me a long time to understand that and why our mothers tried to feed us from the minute we walked into the door until we left. I understand now.
So, I will write about food today. I will write about how happy I was to find my local Chevron open and with electricity on Wednesday. At the time, I was just one person of many without power. I did not anticipate what the rest of that day would bring to our city and state. It had everything I could want at the moment: air-conditioning, cold beverages, an ATM, ice, and gas. Not knowing how long I would be without power, I looked around for possible food choices.
Much to my delight, I was able to find some pretty amazing choices that did not need to be refrigerated AND were relatively nutritious. Here are items I found to balance one's need for all food groups (more or less), while minimizing fat, sodium, and calories:
I chose chocolate with peanut butter - 240 calories, 35 calories from fat.
I prefer protein bars to cereal bars. Protein is more satisfying for a longer period of time, causing a more gradual rise in blood sugar.
2. Pouches of diced chicken breast
One serving: 1/4 cup = 60 calories, 10 calories from fat
This was a 7-ounce pouch. No can opener needed.
3. Welch's Fruit Snacks
Calories/serving = 130. 0 calories from fat
100% daily value Vitamin C; 25% Vitamin A and Vitamin E
I found these to be incredibly refreshing despite their 'gummy bear' texture.
4. Hard candy and sugar-free gum
Helps moisten and freshen mouth.
5. Snak Club Oriental Mix
One serving: 110 calories/serving; 25 gram carbohydrates, one 1 gram from sugar
Part carbohydrates from green peas and rice.
6. Water, water, water, water
Although much better when cold, it is still great to sip in case of nausea.
All of the above or other brand equivalents, including cereal bars, glucose tablets, pouches of tuna and tuna mixes, and salted and unsalted nuts and seeds, would be excellent choices to donate for disaster relief.
Our thoughts are with those affected by the tornadoes and severe storms on Wednesday.
If anyone has other suggestions for donations, please post and I will share.