HIGH PROTEIN BREAD
As the price of dairy and meat continue to increase, you might find yourself cutting back on your daily consumption. In order to do that you are going to need to eat more whole grain and legume combinations to substitute the missing complete proteins. I don’t believe in vegetarian diets myself, this is just a way to stretch out your grocery dollar while not cutting back on calories or nutrition.
One of the first benefits is that you are eating the same thing as your storage food. The last thing you want is to eat strange food during an emergency. I don’t care if you store freeze dried food, MRE’s or canned sardines and rice. Whatever you store you need to eat on a regular basis. While already eating a high fat/high protein diet in the military, once we got to the field and started eating the Meals Rejected by Ethiopians it played havoc with your digestive system. Of course, the stress of little sleep didn’t help, but the slop in a sack didn’t help the chronic constipation. And it is not just my sad experience. Common sense tells you that in time of stress unfamiliar food will not be eaten. Your appetite will decrease and you just won’t feel like eating. Normally this is a good thing as we are mostly all a little too chunky monkey for our own good. But in a survival situation you need your strength. There is a good reason that everyone stresses the importance of only storing the same food that you eat. I always eat whole wheat every day. It keeps me regular, it is nutritious, in my case it is free, and it is the majority of my food storage.
The second benefit is the lower cost. I don’t care how high the cost of grains and beans go, they are still cheaper than meat and dairy. Unless you only kill deer for your meat. Then it might be cheaper than buying vegetable protein. But that is comparing apples to oranges. Here I am just going with store bought supplies. Most of us live in the city and get our food from the grocer. It might not be optimal from a preparedness standpoint but that is the reality. You still want some animal protein. It is a compact package so there is less work your digestion needs to do. Even if you buy store bought flour instead of grinding your own, you are still saving a lot of cash. And lets face it, meat and salt and fat and sweets are hard wired into our desires for eating. We have to deprive ourselves of enough luxuries while poor, we should be able to consume at least a little of the things we want. In particular, I am now focused on the time you will need to cut back on meat. Not cut out, just cut back. Say, when you are forced to go from a half pound a day to a quarter.
If you take two cups of whole wheat flour and add a half cup of soy flour to it, that batch will yield close to 90% of your daily protein requirement ( a 150 pound man- total requirement of a 130 pound woman ). 37 grams of protein. If you ate the whole thing you could get by with a bit of butter or yogurt or cheese added to it for all your protein needs ( obviously adjustable with other factors such as exercise ). The wheat or the soy itself yields less protein, but eaten together the protein yield is increased. If you wanted to, you could cut back on meats to just a few times a week to save even more, assuming you ate this bread every day. When I burned a lot of calories I could have easily eaten this whole batch in one or two meals, but everyone is different. Even eating one half this batch will cut back a lot on your animal protein bill. Something to keep in mind as you are wondering how to cut the grocery bill ( we already covered sprouts to save on produce ).
To simplify my life, I would just make flat bread out of this flour. Enough water for a dough, take golf ball size chunks and flatten on a floured board, place in a dry very hot pan. Flip when dark brown spots form, repeat on the other side. Don’t make them too thick to avoid uncooked innards. This can be a great lunch. Simple and uncomplicated. Or fry up like pancakes for breakfast. You may come to the point where meat is scarce and your whole diet is beans and bread and sprouts, but in the meantime here is a grocery money reduction step.
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