7 healthy hurricane essentials mike kneuer

Well Hurricane Erika isn’t going to amass to much but the potential for an emergency situation prompted a great question from one of my fitness family members. Sari asked “What are some good foods to stock up on for the hurricane?” That got me thinking about what I would eat if there was an emergency and I either lose power or had to evacuate. I had to choose foods that would not need to be refrigerated, don’t need to be cooked, and are energy dense. The following 7 items are a must have in order to eat healthy in case of an emergency.

Water– The first and most important thing you need to stock up on is water. If your utilities go down you will need fresh drinking water. You can survive much longer without food than without water.

Canned Chicken – I’m normally not a fan of canned goods due to the chemicals in the linings of the cans, but in an emergency situation it will do. It’s a good lean protein. I don’t recommend canned tuna due to the high mercury content of the fish.

Sardines – Packed with protein and healthy omega 3 fats. This is an awesome food, except for the taste.

Nuts and Seeds – Nuts are an energy dense food and have a lot of healthy fats to help keep you full. Macadamia nuts, almonds, pecans, cashews, walnuts, brazil nuts, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds all make great options. Stay away from salted nuts. The high sodium will make you thirsty and you’ll drink all your bottle water.

Jerky – They make all kinds of different jerky from all kinds of meat. It is dried out and lasts a long time. Look for “Nitrate Free” jerky, sodium nitrates are a preservative linked to many health issues.

Granola – Granola is a good carb source that has a long shelf life and doesn’t require cooking in case the power goes out. Look for granola that is lower in sugar.

Protein Bars – A great meal replacement option. Stick to all natural bars that do not contain any chemicals or artificial sweeteners (sucralose, acelfame postassium, ace k, aspartame, etc). Quest makes a healthy bar that tastes good and Epic makes protein bars from bison, grass fed beef, etc. Either makes an excellent emergency meal. BioTrust makes a protein cookie that is good too.

I’m glad that this hurricane is going to miss us, but I’m still stocking up on these either way.

Stay Safe Out There,

Mike Kneuer