What’s In My Emergency Snack Kit?

Or an even better question: Why’s there a new NMA post on a Sunday?

Well, you might call it an assignment.  I’m participating in MeYou Health’s Blogger Well-Being Challenge at DailyChallenge.com, where for 10 days I’m taking on one small (tiny, even) challenge each day.  The challenges are mostly health-related, but some are just about taking the time to relax, to enjoy something, or to be nice to somebody for no good reason.

(Disclosure:  MeYou Health does offer compensation for the bloggers who are participating, but I declined to accept payment, to be consistent with my rule of not writing paid posts.)

Today’s Challenge: Create an Emergency Snack Kit

Today’s task, which they asked me to write about, was “Create an emergency snack kit.”

We’re not talking Armageddon.  Here, we’re using “emergency” pretty loosely—like if you don’t get a chance to eat lunch one day and you’re starving.  In said “emergency,” it’d be nice to have some sort of snack you can eat, rather than pulling over at McDonald’s and ordering a thing of fries the size of your head.  Which in weak moments, I have done before.  And I bet you have, too.

What’s in my snack kit

So here’s how I made mine: One bottle of water, one packet of Vega Whole Food Health Optimizer, some raw almonds, raw pumpkin seeds, and dried cherries.  And a shaker cup, to store all of it and have a way to mix the Vega powder with the water while buildings are exploding all around me.

Why’d I pick this stuff?  Well, first, I didn’t want my emergency snack kit to attract maggots.  So nothing that would rot quickly, like fresh fruit or vegetables.  (Sure, the nuts will lose some flavor and nutrition over time, but hey, it”s an emergency, so I’ll have to deal.)  I also picked stuff that was healthy and calorie-dense, so that it would fill me up but not take up the entire backseat of my car.

And finally, I chose raw almonds and pumpkin seeds because they’re both so damn good for you, and I always wish I ate more of them.  The problem is I don’t like them very much, so I’m more likely to eat an insane amount of honey-roasted cashews or something not as good for me.  I figured this way, since we’re talking emergencies with no other way of surviving, I’d be forced to eat the good stuff!

It’s sort of like Back to the Future Part II where Biff goes back in time and gives his old self the sports almanac so he can pick winners and get rich and ruin the world.  Only this is me going forward in time and forcing starved, emergency-panicked future-me to eat raw nuts.  Which is not really the same at all, I guess.

So that’s my kit.  If these daily challenges sound like fun to you, check out DailyChallenge.com, follow @MeYouHealth on Twitter, or visit their Facebook page.



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  1. Great idea! I used to have one of these in my car in case I got stuck in traffic, but it had something unfortunate that melted in the hot summer temps 🙁 What type of container did you use for your kit?

  2. This is off topic, but I am training for my first marathon, and was very sore and achy after my 19 mile run on Saturday…plus it was a miserably cold and rainy morning. I had decided, after reading your “what you should know about your first marathon”, that I was going to take an ice bath afterward. I got both feet in and chickened out. You are hard core for submitting to that torture, that’s all I have to say. I salute you!! 🙂

  3. Matt, Thanks so much for sharing what’s in your emergency snack kit. It looks delicious! And having a cup to mix up a healthy shake is a wonderful idea. I’m going to have to adopt that… and soon!

    Also, we really appreciate you being part of our Blogger Well-Being Challenge!

    Have a great day!
    Social Media Manager
    MeYou Health

  4. Just signed up. Sounds interesting. I’m so busy lately though with the Adventure Naturals startup, I don’t know that I will actually do them.

    Your snack kit is awesome though. I would definitely put almonds and pumpkin seeds in mine too. One of our bars might end up having both in it! I bet you would like it though 🙂

    • Caleb, I’m sure I would like it. I don’t think the taste of raw almonds and pepitas is bad, it’s just very bland. But with honey or agave or salt, they both can be good. Rich Roll has an awesome raw cookie recipe that’s based on coconut and raw almonds, and I’m addicted to them.

  5. I have left pretzels in my car and am not sure how they will hold up to heat (I live in So. Cal.). I have often wondered what would keep in the car…

  6. Though I don’t have one in my car, I’ve found a jar of peanut butter (Cinnamon Raisin from Peanut Butter & Co) invaluable! It’s great either by the spoonful when needed, or I love to spread it on my other “emergency food”, graham crackers.

    I also keep a homemade peanut butter and honey granola bar in my purse at all times. Just enough of a punch to get me to a next meal if needed! 🙂

  7. Nourish*mind*body*soul says:

    I’ve started keeping trail mix in my car for those times when I’m hungry and need a snack

    • Funny you should write about this. Today was the first day I didn’t have my emergency snack kit in the car, and I felt very unprepared, and then hungry and thirsty because I knew I didn’t have it. Not that I always dig into it, it’s just comforting knowing it’s there. I just keep a zip-lock bag of blanched almonds and a bunch of those 1 oz boxes of raisins and a 30 pack of bottled water. It’s there all the time, whenever I need it. Amazing difference in the way I eat compared to how I was two years ago when you wrote the “Help Me Save My Mother” post!

  8. Great idea, I usually pack apples, Larabars and other vegan bars for emergencies.

  9. Thanks to your post the other day about motivation, I signed up for Boise Ironman 70.3! 🙂

  10. Jail Bird from DC says:

    I always have Larabars in my desk at work, in my car, in my purse… They are great in an Emergency!! Actually they are great all the time.

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