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7 Best Foods To Stockpile In Case Of A Natural Disaster

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By April Benshosan

Natural disasters often sneak up and wreak havoc with minimal warning. Bypass the extra stress by stocking up on these nutrient-dense foods that won’t spoil quickly and leave you scavenging.

Whether the trustworthy anchorwoman just shared news of a hurricane’s plans to hit your town or you’re just brushing up on disaster preparedness skills in the wake of recent unfortunate circumstances, preparation is half the battle won. When shopping for survival foods in case of a crisis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends stockpiling at least three days’ worth of meals. But when you’re hurriedly scanning the grocery store aisles, choosing the right foods may present itself as an unusually difficult task.

That’s why we’ve rounded up a list of the best foods to stockpile during an earthquake, hurricane, tsunami, you name it, to cut through that emergency-induced brain fog. These healthy and nonperishable picks are bound to keep you nourished, energized, and alive—and don’t require any cooking or refrigeration via the electricity you may lack. And although it may be tempting to toss a few comfort foods into your cart, be sure not to snack on any of these 150 Unhealthiest Grocery Foods In America—even when the lights go out!

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Water

“If your water is contaminated during an emergency, use bottled water if possible; bottled water is the safest choice for drinking and all other uses,” the CDC advises. You should have about a gallon of water per person (and per pet) each day, as well as ideally aim to store two weeks’ worth of H20.

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Canned Light Tuna

Canned light tuna is one of our best proteins thanks to its low mercury content and high protein and belly fat-blasting DHA payout. This fish just also happens to make our list of best foods to stockpile during a natural disaster because it’s easy to eat and boasts an über-long shelf life.

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Nuts

Although nuts retain their body-loving benefits best when refrigerated, they can last long when stored in an airtight container, too. We recommend noshing on raw over roasted and tossing these 6 Best Nuts For Weight Loss into a quick homemade trail mix.

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Apples

Ever noticed how that bag of apples you bought almost a month ago tastes almost as fresh as the day you purchased them? We especially love this crunchy fruit because it has a long shelf life and will provide you with long-lasting energy and tummy-filling fiber.

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Turkey Jerky

Unlike raw meat, the dehydrated chewy versions won’t go rancid and don’t require heat to become edible. Snack on some of the lower sodium options in our list of 14 Best Protein Packed Meat Snacks so that you won’t have to guzzle down an extra gallon of precious water.

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Bread + Peanut Butter

Simple sandwich supplies are essential for stormy weather. Peanut butter does not necessarily require refrigeration, and when slathered on hearty whole grain toast, it can serve as a filling snack or meal that will hold you over until the electricity returns… We hope.

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Protein Bars

Portable protein bars are perfect as a quick snack post workout as well as when you can’t make the trip out to the grocery store. Many bars are brimming with essential vitamins and nutrients in addition to offering a solid dose of muscle-maintaining protein. Not sure which to choose? We’ve tested 12 protein bars and chose the best one to help minimize the grocery store guesswork.


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