Blizzards and Power Outages - What to Eat?

New York and New England are about to experience what is being called "an historic blizzard". When you hear this, you may be wondering what to buy at the grocery store if you're going to be snowed in for a few days, possibly without power. 

You don't have to throw all your good habits out the window.  Here's my  list of really easy things to have on hand that will keep everybody nourished as you weather the storm. 

Have an abundant array of fruits and many veggies that can be without refrigeration for a couple of days. (apples, pears, bananas, lemons, limes, oranges, clementines, grapefruit, pomegranates, carrots, celery, broccoli, etc.)

Rice and Beans Cook up some brown rice and when you’re ready to eat, open a can of kidney, adzuki or cannellini beans, rinse thoroughly, and mix them into the rice. Or do it right after you prepare the rice so they each absorb flavors of the other. Slice a lemon and combine the juice with some olive oil and a splash of vinegar to make a nice dressing. 

Carrots and Hummus or Peanut Butter or Almond Butter   Keep the humus in a cool place or in a cooler or use PB or AB.   Eat with carrots and get your protein, fat and carbs all in a tasty dish. 

PB and J   The old standby - make a sandwich with some rye crackers

Pasta and marinara with veggies and beans. Make this up BEFORE the storm so you have it on hand

Eggs   Again, prepare before the storm - hard boil and ready to eat

Popcorn  If you have a gas stove you’ll probably be able to make this any time - have some real kernels and take a break from the monotony (or shoveling). 

Cereal  Get some Barbara’s or Post shredded wheat with no added sugar or salt. Add nuts and bananas for a great meal - not just breakfast if need be. 

Packaged beverages You can buy dairy, almond, soy or rice milk in non-refrigerated cartons if you need something for your cereal. 

Nuts and raisins and cranberries   Great nutritious and satisfying foods.

Water Most important for staying hydrated. Have it hot or room temperature.