Canned Veggies and Beans
Some recipes that I could’ve made with these would’ve been a cold pasta salad or a bean salad with cut up tomatoes, herbs, and onions. I might have dipped my tortilla chips or corn chips in like a salsa. If I really wanted to be savage, I would’ve eaten these straight out of the can. With the beans and chickpeas, I could’ve mashed it with a fork and spread it on some whole grain bread for a hearty vegetarian sandwich. Top that with veggies of choice and you’re good to go.
Canned Soups and Sauces
I thought about not getting these, but they are classic items to have in a pantry during rough weather. Soups are perfect for rainy days, but when you have no power, they can’t give you that warm and fuzzy feeling you crave with the dish. I knew that I would probably be eating this cold, so I made sure to purchase cans with that in mind. Hearty soups like chicken noodle, vegetable, and chicken and rice, work best because they act as a meal.
Diced tomatoes and tomato sauce are two staples that should be in your pantry at all times if possible. During this time, I thought I would be using them as a quick add-in for my pre-made dishes. I had pre-cooked some pasta so that I could just open up the can of tomatoes, throw in some spices and mix them together. An instant cold pasta dish with no added sugars that you would get from regular pasta sauces. The diced tomatoes I could’ve added to my bean salad as a make-shift salsa to be enjoyed many different ways.
Milks and Broths
Next, I purchased these other staples. I got some non-refrigerated boxed veggie stocks and almond milk. The almond milk would be amazing for cold coffee, cereal, or drank on its own for a protein rich beverage. The stocks I would’ve drank on their own or added them to the tomato sauce to thin it out. Bone broth would’ve been a good choice as well for the added collagen and bone nutrients. Because I would’ve had no water to thin our creamy dishes or soups, the broth would’ve been helpful for this as well as add flavor.
These items are typical for a power-outage. Not only did I get my regular round of tuna and salmon cans, but I got some chicken, just in case my prepared meats went bad. Because I didn’t eat them, I have them ready for the next storm. For these I would have eaten them plain, mixed them with avocado for a salad-like consistency without the mayo, or mixed in to my cold pasta with some raw veggies. Let’s be real, my go-to meal is usually tuna salad (with the avocado) spread on toast with tomatoes and greens, red onion, and herbs. Yum yum.
Ready Made Entrees
I didn’t get too many of these because, darn it, they are expensive. I did splurge on one packaged Veggie Korma dish. Most people when they prepare for a hurricane they tend to buy a lot of processed foods that are loaded with added sugars and tons of sodium. The problem with this is that sugar causes our blood sugar to spike and then crash and we are hungry not too long after we’ve just eaten. Not good when you’re trying to sustain your food. When it’s loaded with sodium or salt, you get very thirsty. When you’re trying to conserve your water supply, this is not an ideal situation.
When stocking up for these types of situations, buy these ready-made meals sparingly. Yes, they are super convenient, but when you are trying to stay healthy, try not to use this storm as an excuse to indulge.
These are my favorite things to buy. They are quick and nutrient dense. Here I chose little protein balls that have minimal ingredients. I also picked up some Epic meat jerkies and my favorite protein bars, Go Macro. I only had two jerky sticks because they are quite processed with high levels of sodium, but I knew they would be a great choice for protein.
Sometimes when I’m feeling not as hungry, I’ll have some sort of a protein ball or bar. These are absolutely perfect for when the power goes out. They have a long shelf life, fill you up nutritionally, and sometimes act as a meal replacement. These would be my #1 go-to.
Obviously, I’m not opposed to snacks. I love me some dark chocolate, popcorn, corn chips…you name it. I chose some gluten-free seed crackers, above 70% dark chocolate and popcorn with minimal ingredients. Honestly, I don’t really snack too much during the day. Usually my meals will fill me up. Sometimes I will have crackers and hummus for a meal if I’m feeling lightly peckish. I knew that I was going to probably be bored and snacking was inevitable. Having dark chocolate above 70% cocoa is the best for you. Anything lower then that would be supplemented with more dairy and more sugar. The taste is stronger at first, but like anything your tastebuds will adjust. Popcorn is my absolute favorite snack and this brand does it very well. Beautiful ingredients like pink Himalayan sea salt and coconut oil make this snack not too shabby.
For some easy carbs, I choose to go for a healthy yet filling cereal, some whole grain bread, and some chickpea pasta. The cereal is a great choice for an easy breakfast or quick little sweet snack. I just pour in the almond milk and good to go. The bread is clearly a staple during this time. Sandwiches that I would make may include hummus and roasted vegetable, avocado toast with fresh herbs, chickpea, egg, tuna/salmon, or chicken salad, a PLT (Protein, lettuce & tomato) with my jerky or already prepared proteins, and toast with nut butter or ghee.
Nuts (Butter) and Dried Fruit
Counter Fruit & Veggies
Refrigerated and Prepared Foods
I tried to be very intentional with what I had in my fridge and what would be going bad the quickest when the power goes out. I also looked for simple foods that way I could pair with many other items. Most of these items are foods that I can eat warmed up or cold if there is no way to reheat it.
Raw Fruits and Veggies
Dips and Toppings
I didn’t take a photo of my freezer because it wasn’t very interesting. I had left only frozen fruits and ice in there. Everything that could’ve made a stench, if left to thaw, I made sure to cook and store in the fridge, or eat it up before the storm came. Once the power went out, I would’ve taken the ice and put it in my cooler to store only the necessary things that need refrigeration.
I was deeply concerned for my ability to have a fresh coffee in the morning if the power were to not exist. My Nespresso machine gives me life. To be honest, the coffee doesn’t do anything for my ability to stay awake, but I just love the flavor and the smell. If I wasn’t going to be able to make a foam topped Decaf black coffee during this rainy, boring time of no power, I don’t know what I was going to do. I know…Cold Brew!
Lastly, I made sure to purchase enough water for 3-4 days with the assumption of a 1 gallon consumption every day. I ended up fighting (just kidding) for 2 cases of water and filled up all of the spare water bottles/containers I had in the pantry. I was set. For all those little things like flushing the toilet and bathing, I made sure to also fill up the bathtub for those things. I did not drink that water though. I like to keep my water as clean and filtered as possible if I’m going to be drinking it.