What healthy foods can I send to the troops in Iraq?

They’re in Iraq, and they’re hungry.

While it’s safe to say the troops are also tired, weary and hard-working, they are also in need of healthy, quality foods in the form of shippable proteins, fats and antioxidants.

1. Beef jerky. High in protein and sustenance, meat sticks in the gut for longer periods of time. It’s literally an easy grab-and-go food, tends not to spoil in heat or cold, and provides a lot of energy in its form.

2. Sunflower seeds. Small packages of this product provides energy and good fats, while its vitamin E promotes cardiovascular and healing benefits.

3. Nuts. Tree nuts (for those not allergic) provide a lot of energy in the form of small snacks. Almonds and macadamia nuts are both high in fat and low on the glycemic scale, promoting a feeling of fullness. High in fiber, vitamin E and selenium, antioxidants promote health in conditions which might not otherwise be healthy.

4. Pre-paid phone cards. You can’t eat love, but the ability for troops to call home means more of their money can be sent home to their families so that they can eat healthfully as well.

 These not-for-profit groups offer more information and services to the men and women serving overseas:

anysolider.com This organization provides names and addresses and needs of soldiers, but care packages can be sent to anyone. The site is extremely giving, based on the love of one family’s support for their son and burgeoning into a full-fledged effort that has brought comfort and security to tens of thousands of men and women overseas. site

Operation Gratitude (picture, left) From their site: Operation Gratitude “seeks to lift troops’ morale, and bring a smile to their faces by sending care packages addressed to individual service members deployed overseas. OPERATION GRATITUDE care packages contain food, toiletries, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation, all wrapped with good wishes of love and support.” Like anysoldier.com, this group has helped hundreds of thousands of soliders through locating the needs of the men and women overseas. site

Do you know of any other organizations paying it forward to the troops in a not-for-profit manner?
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