Buying food for a hurricane kit doesn’t mean stocking up on junk food. There are plenty of healthy options to keep a well-balanced diet while riding out the storm. Energy-rich proteins and grains high in fiber will help maintain focus during a natural disaster.
For protein, canned tuna and salmon are good options because they’re packed with Omega-3 fatty acids. Same with nuts, such as unsalted almonds or walnuts, keeping you full longer. Another option for protein are canned beans and legumes.
For grains, buy steel cut oats or dried couscous which are high in fiber. They can be soaked in water overnight, no need for heating.
For fresh fruit, oranges and apples don’t need to be refrigerated and will last through the storm. Pick up dried fruits such as apricots, cranberries, figs and dates for a snack.
Buy a variety of different colored canned vegetables. Some options include corn, carrots, green beans, beets, artichoke hearts — just check the label for low sodium.
If you’re craving salty snacks or sweets, consider trying whole-wheat crackers, pita chips and dark chocolate.