Being prepared becomes even more important when you have children, especially babies, to care for. Not having enough food, water, and first aid on hand for your children is just downright irresponsible. We know how overwhelming and scary it can be to consider your risks, so we’ve put some resources together here to help you make sure your family is taken care of during emergency situations.
First let’s talk about a concept we call The Home Store. We believe that prepping is a way of life where you regularly analyze your risks and take action to guard against them. It’s really important to live in a way that you are using your storage food. Having a Home Store is a great way to save time and money, because freeze-dried food cuts preparation and cooking time in half so that you can focus on creating great tasting meals. Over time you’ll also find that a Home Store allows you to preserve a family culture where your kids become more involved.
It’s also important to make a preparedness plan and practice your plan so that in the event that something does happen everyone knows what to do. Practicing your plan makes the action steps more natural and easier to remember. The worst time to be doing something new is during a stressful situation, especially with children.
It’s also just as important to make sure you are putting good, quality, nutritious food into your body when you’re stressed. Many of the long-term food storage options contain high amounts of sodium and preservatives that can become a huge health risk if your situation becomes long-term.
What’s the solution?
Thrive Life’s approach to food storage is the perfect solution! Here are some key benefits to storing and using Thrive Life food in your home:
- The food is grown on non-GMO farms and is certified Gluten Free.
- The food is allowed to fully ripen, which means the food is full of nutrition and flavor
- The food is flash frozen within 48 hours of being picked, cleaned, and cut, so the nutrition is locked in!
- There is less food waste because you’re buying only the cut and edible parts of fruits and vegetables
- Pre-cut food that reconstitutes quickly saves you time while also preventing waste
- You save money because all Thrive Food has a 20 to 30 year shelf life and even lasts up to 2 years after being opened!
What does this mean for your children?
All too often us parents buy fresh fruits and vegetables in an effort to help our family eat healthy, but it’s hard to keep a large variety of fruits and vegetables on hand that get eaten before they go bad. Not to mention, that the time and effort it takes to wash, cut, and prepare those foods can really dampen our efforts. With Thrive you’ll be surprised at the kinds of fruits and vegetables kids will eat when they’re freeze-dried and taste like a treat! Our daughter loves the mango and peach slices. Plus, she things the sweet corn is candy! How much of a relief would it be to know that you have long term storage food in your pantry that your kids love to eat but it’s also really good for them?
Thrive Baby Food Solutions
Now that you understand the importance of storing food, and why Thrive foods are the healthiest choice, let’s look at how it especially benefits parents with babies. As parents we understand that children and babies have very specific needs, and feeding babies and children in emergency situations is always a top priority. If you do not have enough baby food on hand, you’ll need to find ways to make your own. Thrive Foods offers the perfect solution.
Did you know that one cup of peas contains more protein than a tablespoon of peanut butter, and also provides Calcium, Vitamin A and C, and Iron too? For babies who are 6 to 8 months old, peas are a great way to introduce babies to solid foods. Our organic green peas are the perfect emergency food for babies, and they’re so easy to make!
Simply reconstitute a few tablespoons of peas in the appropriate amount of water and then follow these easy steps:
- Gently steam the reconstituted peas with just enough water to slightly show through the bottom of your steamer basket.
- Steam until very tender; be sure to check on the water level, and don’t overcook.
- Strain peas and reserve any left over water to use for thinning out the peas. If you can, run cold water over the peas to cool them quickly. This actually makes the peas easier to puree.
- Place steamed and cooled peas into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing. If you do not have electricity simple use a fork to smoosh the peas until they are smooth and creamy.
- Add the reserved water as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin consistency. Keep in mind that baby’s digestive systems are still new and need their food to be as easy to digest as possible.
You may wish to push the peas through a sieve or mesh strainer to get rid of any remaining skins or chunks.
While mangoes may make a great first food for 8 to 10 month old babies, they are probably not good to use as the first solid food since they are a tropical fruit. Start with peas, apples, pears, and bananas.
What baby doesn’t LOVE bananas? Our bananas are diced and need to be reconstituted appropriately to get a smooth texture. Soak 1 cup of Banana Slices in 1 cup of cool water for 7–10 minutes, or until hydrated. Then drain any excess water and set aside. Simply puree them using a small amount of the excess water as needed to make them smooth. Serve as is! The great thing about bananas is that there is no need to cook them.
Other Things to Consider
Keep in mind that a complete Home Store includes storing water and an emergency bag. Having clean potable water on hand during an emergency is crucial for survival, and children, especially babies are at most risk to pathogens. Now that we’ve made it easy for you build a Home Store you should start building it today!
Congratulations! You are now a Prepper! It’s something to be proud of because you are taking responsibility for the well being of your family. There is no downside to being prepared, and the worst time to prepare is DURING an emergency.
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“Store what you eat, and eat what you store!”