powderedThough the dogs bark every time, I love it when the mailman ends up on my front porch because it almost always means that I’ve got one more bundle of goodies coming my way that’s sure to become a part of my preparedness efforts. And in spite of what you may see on the outside, coupled with my talk of red velvet cupcakes, I do actually rely on having plenty of quality nutrition in my home for everyday and more chaotic scenarios. Today the postman brought me something that fits right into my healthier focus of stocking up on shelf-stable foods. I open the box and fall in love all over again with the 12 canisters of delicious, pure, and tasty powdered coconut milk—and let out a raspy cheer.

Powdered Coconut Milk?  You Bet!

This powdered coconut milk is made with the smallest amount of caseine, necessary as an emulsifier; but brand is the only brand I found that contains only .025% of their 65% Virgin Coconut Milk formula—low enough that it won’t bother most who have an allergy to it. It goes into my fabulous green smoothie that I have each day filled with more goodies from EnerHealth Botanicals including their Ener Foods greens, and a couple of handfuls of sprouts that come in their “Survive to Thrive 40 Days and Nights Super Foods” collection.  I’m all about making sure I have enough calories, but in some instances, the quality of the calories are SO much more important, such as those I get in these kinds of great high-quality ingredients. I wanted Organic options to choose from as well and without having to sacrifice a long shelf-life. The 15 year shelf-life on these foods suits me just fine.

powderedWhen it comes to consuming such high quality foods, a caution is in order. Start consuming them now and developing a taste for them. Your body craves what it eats. And waking up one day and realizing you’re stuck with radish sprouts and powdered coconut milk may cause more of a mental meltdown that the original disaster. *grin* So I enjoy incorporating them now into my lifestyle rather than trying to talk myself into eating them later. Learn to love them now and thrive on them later. Such an approach only improves my state of Medical Preparedness along with my Mental and Food Principles of Preparedness along the way.

Usually my day starts with a  green drink consisting of the powdered greens, powdered coconut milk, freeze-dried strawberries and blueberries, a handful of healthy sprouts and seeds (such as chia), sugar and corn syrup-free apple juice, a wedge of banana or freeze-dried chips, and some of my Be Young Essential Oils Meal Replacement powder. I blend it all up in my VitaMix blender which works just fine when plugged into my Humless Solar Generator—so I know I can continue this routine for a long, long time to come—regardless of what curve balls Life might throw.

powderedPreparedness with Powdered Greens and Milk – Yum!

I may be happy with what I’ve got but I have to tell you that seeing these healthy items as a part of my future plans gives a whole different kind of contentment. Who’da thunk it that I’d be so happy looking at hundreds of pounds of sprouts (that I get from Five Star Preparedness too), cases of powdered greens, 10 pounds of chi seeds, cases of powdered coconut milk, shelves stacked with sugar free fruit juices, freeze-dried fruits and vegetables, and a solar generator? *grin* Yup. I’ve definitely fallen off the deep end.

Such lunacy is probably more pronounced since my idea of “food storage” is when I’m dreaming up some delicious ginger and curry sauces that I can conjure up with that powdered coconut milk, some diced jicama, and some of the canned chicken I’ve got, served over some of my long-term brown rice made in only a matter of minutes in my pressure cooker! Yum-mee!! Sounds like dinner! And for dessert I can throw some of the coconut milk powder along with some of my powdered remains of my freeze-dried pineapple and raspberries into the blender with some water and have a fabulous tasting dessert too! Sounds like a winner! (I never throw out the powdered remains at the bottom of the #10 cans of fruits and veggies for this very reason, Folks. There’s still so much flavor in there and it can be used in so many different ways such as in a broth, a dessert cream, as a rub on chicken or fish, and SO much more!

powderedYou should know that I’m not the kind of person who tells myself “No, you can’t have ________.” Instead, I tell myself that I CAN enjoy whatever I want so long as I get in the good things first, such as a hearty plate of salad greens, my green drink, my essential oils liver cleanse from Be Young, and my 2 quarts of water each day. What’s helped me make a difference in health and wellness is that once I make room for all of the positive items I don’t usually have much room or desire for the less-than-ideal foods and drinks. Nor do I crave them often.

Remember, EnerHealth Botanicals is giving away one of their awesome Survive to Thrive 40 Days and Nights Organic Food Storage Pails as well as a canister of their Ener Foods Super Green Drink powder as a part of our fabulous Prepper Outreach Contest! Be Young Essential Oils is also giving away 3 packages including their popular Liver Cleanse combination. So if you haven’t sent in your Prepper Outreach Entry yet, be sure you do so SOON! Either an essay or a video works GREAT! Voting will begin soon and you don’t want to be left out! There is STILL PLENTY of prizes to give away and we’re also going to make sure that EVERYONE WINS something great too! So take this opportunity to shout out and share why YOU got involved in preparedness and what an impact it’s made in your life! The more the merrier!



natalia · March 22, 2012 at 2:34 am

Yummy! I love coconut,I never thought about powdered coconut milk. I am so excited to include this with food stash. I bet it may be good with some chocolate milk or something. Thanks once again Kellene for the great advice=)

    Kellene Bishop · March 22, 2012 at 3:47 am

    Oh! Their chocolate is DEE-Vine as well. They have a cocoa mojo that is processed WITHOUT LYE! its’ GREAT!

Lynn · March 22, 2012 at 7:39 am


Can you tell me since you’ve already got a large jar of it…….how many ounces there is in it? It doesn’t say on the site. I guess I could call them tomorrow and find out…..but just in case you are still there at the computer….. ; )


    Kellene Bishop · March 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Hmmm. I’m looking at the container. It says there are 28 rounded tablespoons. I don’t know how much that makes in the liquid form, but EnerHealth Botanicals is always more than happy AND knowledgeable in answering any questions I’ve ever had for them.

Andrea · March 22, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Just a question–I love your site! Yours is the kind of information that I love reading and preparing my family and myself little by little. I’m a little worried, or skeptical, however, if what I’m reading is just reviews in response to freebies you’ve been mailed. For instance, the water storage post–it seemed that you did your research (and I believe that you did) and at the end there was definitely one recommendation and then a discount if the product were bought from a certain Canadian company using your discount code. Today’s post about the healthy powdered and sprouted options–a company simply mailed you some free products, knowing that you’ll blog about them and reach thousands of people. Do you feel like that cheapens what you have to say? That you’re just a middle man between other prepping companies and the layman preparer? I’m grateful for what you do. I just have limited funds and want to make sure that whom I listen to is 100% unbiased, well-researched, and impartial to the marketers who are trying to sway you or me.

    Kellene Bishop · March 22, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    You do realize that you just basically asked me if my word can be bought, don’t you? If you think you’re listening to someone whose opinion can be swayed by a freeze-dried this or a new that, then I’d seriously wonder if I was giving attention to the right person.

    Do you listen to Glenn Beck? Do you realize that he requires a half a million dollars in advertising to be spent before you can then pay him to personally endorse a product, such as Daily Bread? And yet, at the risk of being sued, I’ve called Daily Bread out as being one of the worst companies out there in terms of misleading and betraying their customers. Yet you can contact Ener Health Botanicals and they will tell you that I just purchased a case of powdered coconut milk ($240) and Be Young Essential Oils might tell you that I’ve purchased tens of thousands of dollars in oils from them over the past couple of years–definitely not the other way around.

    So to answer your question, no, I don’t feel like it cheapens what I say because the proof is in the 500 articles that I’ve written and given free access to over the past 3 years. I’m far too sassy, blunt, and serious about this matter of self-reliance to risk someone’s life and comfort to be swayed by baubles and pearls.

    A review is based on the actual use of a product, not how much I did or didn’t pay for that product. Would you prefer that someone just anonymously purchases a product and then does the review? Sorry, not on my budget. I’m a prepper too that has to stick to a budget.

Marge · March 22, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Hi Kellene,
My son bought me a very jazzy stainless steel pressure cooker this week, and I am trying to find your article on pressure cooking. I clicked on your ‘pressure cooker’ and it says that the article has been removed. I need info on cooking with less water. Am I out of luck? Thanks for all your help in the past.

    Kellene Bishop · March 22, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Two things you can try 1) Just put “pressure cooker” with the quotation marks, in the search bar. And you’ll find what you’re looking for. Also, I just tried the link again and it worked for me. (Thank goodness, cause I was going to have NO idea what happened to a missing article. *grin*)

Connie · March 22, 2012 at 3:13 pm

It’s 14 oz. You can see that info if you check out the combo page. 🙂

Connie · March 22, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Oops. I should have asked my questions before posting that. How much milk does that make when reconstituted? And are these jars vacuum sealed? How long will they last in storage? What’s the other 35% contents? Mmm. I’d love to try that chocolate…. 🙂

    Kellene Bishop · March 22, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I don’t know how much it makes when reconstituted. I’ve added it to water for making sauces based on taste (grant it, I am creating recipes along the way), but never did it from a “let’s make milk” perspective. EnerHealth is great at answering questions. Their number is 866-762-9238. They are packaged in sealed, thick BPA free containers. Shelf life is 2 to 3 years.

Stephanie · March 22, 2012 at 3:40 pm

I have been doing a lot of planning around what my family eats now and what we can incorporate into our diets slowly that will not only be to our advantage health wise but so we are used to eating it. I have actually taken that a step farther and decided that since my husband and I are older folks it behooves us to be as healthy as possible given age. I have lost 110 lbs in the last year and have about 20 lbs to go in order to be a healthier person that won’t burden the rest of our “community” or put them at risk should things go south. I am often reminded of a friends serious risk just after the Loma Prieta earthquake. She worked on the 16th floor of a building in S.F. and one of her co-workers was an obese woman who had to use crutches. (she had previously broken her leg) my friend had to accompany this woman down 16 fights of stairs and it took more than an hour to vacate a dangerously damaged building. I don’t want to be the one someone has to help along because of my obesity. I think being as agile and fit as possible is only to our benifit when it comes to safety. I refuse to let my weight make me a victim. I no longer have pain in my knees and rarely in my hips anymore. I am feeling better and looking more healthy than I have in 20 years.

    Kellene Bishop · March 22, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Stephanie, thanks for your story. It’s exactly the reason why I do anything on a daily basis to be healthier. I’m not about to be a liability to my husband and others when he could help SO many people! Congratulations on your stellar accomplishments!

KC2 · March 22, 2012 at 4:21 pm

LOVED this post! While there may be times that I disagree with something you wrote (and reasonable people can disagree on things now and they, can’t they?), I feel like I always learn something from your blog. You are SO right – start eating this way now, because if you are used to a cup of coffee and Cheetoh’s for breakfast, and you suddenly start eating sprouts, you will be an absolute pill until you adjust! And they have discovered that coconut oil and milks are healthy fats (after scaring everyone about movie theatre popcorn, popped in coconut oil, back in the 90s). Thank you for linking to these terrific resources, too.

Jill Pruitt · March 22, 2012 at 10:16 pm

I can’t find where the Survive to Thrive 40 Days and Nights Super foods states what is contained in the bucket. I just want to make sure I’m not overpaying for organic beans & rice. Are they ready prepared meals, sprouts, shakes, all of these? Please tell us more. Thanks.

    Kellene Bishop · March 23, 2012 at 3:06 am

    Right on the page I linked to, there are several tabs including one which lists everything that’s in it and nutrition information as well.

Dale Willavize · March 23, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Kellene, I do not have the “gift” you have for making yummy gourmet meals using food storage. Have you considered writing a cook book with recipes and maybe a section on prepping??? If you haven’t, would you please?

    Kellene Bishop · March 23, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    We’re sure working on it. 🙂

Margie · March 27, 2012 at 10:47 pm

I am reading everything on your site and love it all. Everyone has such great ideas, I am amazed at how much I never thought of and so much to learn. I am curious though, when everything hits the fan, what about the internet? I just wonder if we indeed have our own power source, will the internet be around. I ask this because I wonder if I should be writing everything down off your site. All the tips are priceless. When I need to know anything I run to the computer and just look it up. If I didn’t have it or the connection to other preppers out there I would feel a loss for sure. Just wondering what you and other think.

    Kellene Bishop · March 27, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Nah, the internet will go down quickly in a financial collapse as well as many other scenarios, but it is critical to the lightening speed money making of the Fed and the U.S. Treasury, so if it can be fixed quickly, it will.

Renee · April 4, 2012 at 7:12 pm

I had my first sort of green smoothie today……….yum. I would love to get the recipe you use, you’ve had much more experince and i always love your recipes. Hope you have some classes coming up…..you do great!!!!


    Kellene Bishop · April 4, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Check out The Green Smoothie Girl on YouTube and her blog. She’s got MEGA amounts of good recipes, and she’s so enthusiastic about her smoothies, it’s contagious! 🙂

Vickie · April 9, 2012 at 8:04 pm

i wanted to know how long the butter will keep if canned without going rancid. don’t all oils go rancid?

    Kellene Bishop · April 10, 2012 at 12:49 am

    Oil inherently doesn’t go rancid. It’s the exposure to oxygen that causes it to go bad and it breaks down. Bottled butter easily lasts for 5-8 years–the greater end of the spectrum is with ideal storage conditions of cool, dry, dark environment.

atasteofcreole · April 15, 2012 at 11:17 pm

The sites you promote are VERY expensive. Don’t you have anything for those on budgets? I use beprepared.com and grandmas pantry and their prices are so much better than yours.

for sprouts, i found an organic farmer on eBay with non-GMO alfalfa seeds for $10 per pound!

    Kellene Bishop · April 15, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Actually, Beprepared will NEVER be promoted by me. They have an awful reputation. And Grandma’s Pantry is NOT less than other places. In fact, I know that Five Star Preparedness’s prices are always less than Grandma’s including their pricing on milk, powdered cream cheese, freeze-dried meats, and sprouts. But if I could find a local farmer to give me sprouts (non-GMO) of course, I’d totally jump on it.

brenda · December 22, 2012 at 3:22 am

How long will coconut milk powder keep if sealed in glass jar using food vacuum?

    Kellene Bishop · December 22, 2012 at 6:14 am

    The company that I purchase it from says 2 years, however, I’m CERTAIN now that it’s at least double that when stored in a #10 can or glass jar and kept in ideal storage conditions.

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