Hurricane season runs every year from June till the end of November. According to the US SAR Task Force, an average of six hurricanes develop every year over the season. It’s a time of uncertainty for everyone around the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, and along with other tips, people are usually told to board up their homes, not let their gas tanks drop below half-tank, and stock up on hurricane-friendly foods (I.e. foods that don’t require a fridge to stay good, and don’t require electricity to heat).

We’ve put together a list of a few hurricane friendly foods that will keep you full and keep you healthy.

1. Canned fish Tins of different sizes and opening

Tuna, salmon, mackerel – fish is your friend, and the canned variety shouldn’t be looked down upon. You’ll get tons of Omega-3 fatty acids and fish oil, which are good for eye health, inflammation, sleep, and depression and anxiety.

2. Nuts and seeds variaty of raw cereals and nuts for breakfast. Oatmeal flakes and steel cut, barley, walnut, chia, raisins. Healthy ingredients

Nuts can be stored outside of the refrigerator and require zero cooking so they are the perfect hurricane friendly food.  Packed full of healthy fat fiber, and protein, they’re good for your heart – just make sure not to eat too much.

4. Canned fruit Portion of canned sliced Pineapple on wooden background

If you need something sweet and don’t want to reach for the PopTarts, fruit will be your friend. Personally, our favourites are peaches, mandarins, and pears. Canned fruits can contain extra or added sugar, so watch out for that, but if you’re happy with what you read, a spoon and a can opener are all you need.

5. Crackers, chips, popcorn Popcorn in white bowl on wooden background

You may or may not have noticed, but most chips and crackers have long expiration dates and can be stored at room temperature. For this reason, they make ideal hurricane food. Opt for healthier options like baked chips, popcorn, and oat or corn-based chips.

6. Protein powder heap of vanilla protein powder

Weird that this makes the list huh? Thankfully, all you need is water and a shaker bottle. While it isn’t the most natural source of protein, it will keep you full.

7. Canned beans and (select) canned veggies Different kinds of vegetables such as corn, peas and tomatoes in cans

You know what still eat in a hurricane? Hummus! Chop up an onion and some garlic, and squeeze some lemon (none of them needs refrigeration) and sprinkle some s&p over hand-mashed canned chickpeas with olive oil. Dip your crackers in – delicious!
Veggies can be a little harder – not all of them are as great canned as we’d like them to be. Our favourite canned veggies are: corn, green beans, carrots, olives, peas, beets, water chestnuts, potatoes, and artichoke hearts. Go for low sodium options whenever possible. 

8. Cereal or granola Bowl of homemade granola with yogurt and fresh berries on wooden background from top view

This stuff is filling, and it’s great at room temperature. Eat it dry, add powdered milk and water, or add boxes milk.

9. Fruit pouches and dried fruit Overhead shot of dried fruits in paper bag on an old wooden table

These are in the baby food aisle and the dried or preserved fruit aisles. Don’t skip them, they’ll keep you sane.

10. Health bars No bake energy granola bars on white wooden table with spatula. Top view.

RXbars, larabars, Clif bars, KIND bars, whatever your favourite is, stock on up. Go for bars full of plant-based protein, made with natural ingredients, and low in sugar.

Femi A-Williams is a health and fitness convert trying to reconcile a healthy lifestyle and a happy food life. She is 80% whole grain and 20% donut.

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