It usually occurs when there is no real food in the vicinity and you need to be nourished ASAP. For situations like that it is always handy to have a paleo emergency stash which you can carry with you, pack away in your desk or bring with you when you travel. When picking your snacks for your emergency stash you might need to consider the following criteria.
- Easy to transport
The snacks stash should be light, easy to transport and won't squish or melt easily.
- Keeps you sated
We want our emergency snack to patch up our hunger until we can get our hands on a real meal, and ideally not tempt us to mindless binge snacking. Therefore, we are looking for something high in proteins and/ or high fats
- Naturally long shelf life
Bummer if you end up in a "hungergency" situation and your snack has gone bad. Hong Kong is most of the time balmy and humid so better not pick something what needs to be stored in a cooler environment.
Here are my top 3 paleo emergency snacks.
(All available at the paleo health online shop Berrytime.Delivery within Hong Kong is free...yaaay)
No. 1: Jerky
Grassfed meat that keeps for a long time. What else do you want? Those things have saved me from perishing at Clark Airport in the Philippines when the only shops open at that time were discount versions of Dunkin' Donuts. My favourite jerky brand, as you might already know, is from EPIC. I always have at least one Epic jerky bar in my gym bag and carry on luggage. When things go desperate, go jerky.
No. 2: Nuts
"Duh! Obviously", you might say. But not any nut will do. Many nut brands which you can purchase from e.g. 7Eleven are drowned in soy or rapeseed oil. Get good quality dry roasted or raw nuts. You want your nuts activated which is fancy talk for soaked and sprouted. That process eliminates anti-nutrients like phytic acid often found in seeds and it will make the nut easy to digest. I love walnuts. Try them flavoured with wasabi and miso. Your umami taste buds will thank ya.
No. 3: Coconut Oil
This is the ultimate emergency food. A healthy fat with lots of MCT oil which unlike other fats can be easier converted into energy, therefore, less likely to end up in your fat cells. Already few drops of coconut oil on your tongue put a damper on your hunger and appetite. On travels and hikes, I often carry a small runner's gel flask filled with coconut oil. And coconut oil stays stable at high temperatures and does not go rancid for years. With this thing, you are always prepared. If pure coconut oil is a bit tough for you to swallow check out Berrytime's flavour infused coconut oils. The cinnamon or sweet ginger ones are awesome.