Desert Island Food

If you could bring one food to a desert Island what would it be?

I don’t mean pizza or sushi or cake. I mean one clean un-adultered food. Like peanuts or chicken.

I got into this discussion with a friend recently and I’ve been trying to decide on a desert island food for quite some time. Something that I could eat all day every day of course, but also something that would meet my essential dietary needs.

I’ve come to the conclusion that I would be happy eating peanuts, chick peas (garbanzo beans), or potatoes indefinitely. Now I have thrown these foods into a 2000 calorie a day food plan to see what nutritional info would result.



Garbanzo beans are my favorite food, usable in a variety of ways and delicious by themselves.

2470g of garbanzo beans make up 2000 calories.

This made up of 381g of carbs, 38g of fat, and 114g of protein. These are pretty good macros.

It also maintains good levels of potassium, calcium, and iron.

What it lacks is Vitamins A and C. The scurvy threat is real.

The real kicker is 95g of fiber.

This is great aside from the unfortunate lack of a bathroom on my desert island.




There are an exceptional variety of potatoes. We are going to look at the good, old fashioned Idaho Spud.

2694g of Idaho Spuds make up 2000 calories.

This gives us 473g of carbs (yikes), 0g of fat, and 54.5g of protein. That’s not great.

The micros and minerals show better news.

Potatoes have exceptional levels of potassium and Vitamin C.

They do pretty well on iron and fiber as well.

But, they are poorly lacking when it comes to vitamin A and calcium.




350g of peanuts make up 2000 calories, try feeling full on that.

With this, we see 62g of carbs, 175g of fat, and 88g of protein. Not bad, your body might end up in ketosis with 37g of net carbs.

Peanuts, unfortunately, lack when it comes to micros and minerals.

Fiber is ok, at 25g.

Potassium is barely decent.

Vitamins A & C, Calcium, and Iron are all very poor.



I am yet to find a proper food that would give you a well-balanced diet without access to a multivitamin.

What would be your desert island food? Can anyone find the perfectly balanced food item? I’m curious to hear your thoughts.