Today was the 8-12 inch District wide debilitating “snowquester” and as such schools, the federal government, and independent marketing firms closed in great anticipation [yes, Andrew had a snow day].
And so Andrew and I fled to the market last night [we were left completely under prepared for Hurricane Sandy in New York last November and decided we’d learned our lessons]. The lines at the market were through the store, toilet paper was sold out in what I can only believe to be rationalized by the expected overconsumption of hot chocolate, and the entire pasta isle at Whole Foods was cleared.
So what does a nutrition conscious plant eater purchase for a storm?
These are the 5 things I made sure to keep handy:
avocados: they are an excellent source of fat, protein, fiber & vitamins. Not to mention they’re are so creamy and delicious. Slice one up and spread it on the crackers.
bananas: they’re naturally sweet & a great source of potassium, vitamin B6, calcium and fiber. For whatever reason, I equate bananas with dessert, so this is semi decadent?
crackers: I have a new found love for rye Wasa Crackers, they have a low glycemic index so they won’t spike your sugar levels and they’re really crunchy! It’s always nice to keep a relatively non-perishable carbohydrate handy.
raw nuts: [almonds, pistachios, walnuts..] they are an excellent source of good-fats and protein. Nuts have omga-3 fatty acids, fiber and vitamin E. Nuts are extremely nutrient dense meaning a small serving packs a large nutrient punch.
dried fruit: [dates, golden raisins, cherries, figs..] you get all of the vitamins and nutrients from undried fruit, but this option will keep without refrigeration They are also a great source for antioxidants. Keep in mind dried fruit is a lot more calorie dense that undried so don’t over consume.
If the power goes out and you are in the dark without a refrigerator, oven, microwave or toaster all of these foods will keep and need 0 preparation. The avocados and bananas will be fine left on a counter for up to a few days.
Though it did snow for a brief 20 minutes earlier this morning, there have been 0 recorded inches of snow in the District of Columbia. Andrew and I have been bunkered down in our apartment to avoid the rain. We’ve consumed a total of 9 cups of coffee, sat in almost every chair we own, and are getting a bit stir crazy.
What do you keep in your pantry during a storm? I’m curious!