Five a Day: Top 5 Healthy Food Choices for Survival

Five a Day: Top 5 Healthy Food Choices for Survival

Situation: You’ve being exiled to a private island, and your captors will only supply you with five foods. What do you pick?

As a lover of food, I want to enjoy eating and at the same time, get the right amount of nutrition. Of course, the situation has a one in a million chance, but this list is applicable in any situation.

Banana – I call it an all-around food. I know I cannot live a day without bananas. It is easy to eat and carry. It supplies energy, plus satisfies sweet cravings. Definitely, this is my choice for my first food intake in the morning to keep me going.

Egg – Eggs are good sources of energy and protein. There is always satisfaction and strength after eating one hard boiled egg. It serves as a battery for a draining body, where it can sustain the body for half a day. Omelet, scrambled, or fried, it doesn’t matter.

Sweet Potato/Kamote – For a healthy source of carbohydrates, this is ideal in surviving a day. It can be boiled, fried or even baked and the way it is cooked can alter the mood in eating it.

Kamote Tops/Talbos ng Kamote – Practically, they are leaves. Aside from being great sources of fiber, kamote tops  are good fillers in the stomach. After loading too much of these leaves, it could take more than half a day before hunger strikes again.

Nuts – Considered as brain food, nuts, when chewed slowly, can give a sensation of being full. Boiled and roasted nuts are my best options. For a chip-eater like me, nuts are very good substitutes to satisfy the mouth when bored.

There are a lot more, but these are my favorites which are practical to eat and to prepare in a survival situation. They are also readily available almost everywhere. May this list help you in your future adventures such as camping and hiking, or just for healthy snacking.

How about you, what are your top 5 food choices in an exile?

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