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Healthy Hurricane Food Prep

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Woah! A hurricane is coming, and you are trying to figure out how to plan for possibly being without power and stocking up on non-perishables, but afraid your health adn fitness goals are going to take a hit.

Have no fear- there are some healthy options you can plan to have around to fuel up well but also weather the storm- Here's reFORM Studios' Founder Katrina's preferred list of foods:

Water. You've already see the posts about water fling off shelves, but staying hydrated if potable water becomes an issue is really important for your health. Buy bottled if you can, fill old milk jugs, freeze containers of tap water now and store in your freezer (will also help keep temps cool), and fill other vessels and cover with saran wrap to keep dust out- keep at least 1 gallon per person per day stashed, ideally 3+ days.

Protein: Packaged tuna, beef jerky, canned beans, and peanut butter are my favorite go-tos here. Additionally a protein supplement powder that can be mized with water as a backup is a good idea.

Produce: Canned and frozen vegetables will last and make a good option. Neither will spoil quickly without power. Also some veggies, such as peppers, squash, and tomatoes do not need to be refrigerated- anything not in the cooled section is great to stock up on.

Fruit: Apple sauce is a classic, as are oranges and bananas. Dried fruit is also nutritious (just watch for added sugars).

Carbohydrates: Even if you don't regularly eat it, it's a good idea to have a loaf of bread (whole grain) aroudn to keep your energy stable and eat with that peanut butter in a pinch. I'm also a fan of wheat crackers and dry cereals.

Healthy fats: Avocados (of course!) and olive oil here for the win. A candle light snack of bread dipped in olive oil and some herbs doesn't sound like too terrible a way to pass the time, does is? ;)

Bonus ideas: Trail mix and snack mixes that are made up of nuts and dried fruits are easy, though nutrient dense. They will last. If you have a favorite brand of protein bar that can also be a lifesaver if you need to be on the go or without power or the ability to cook for a while. I'm also a fan of hard cheeses to add protein and fats to the mix if you are a cheese lover.

Above all stay safe, but plan ahead and don't despair- you can stay healthy even during disasters with some creative thinking and good prep work!

 




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