It's inevitable that at some point all of us will face a time when a storm or some other situation leaves us with the power out in our homes for a day or more. During these times it's easy to reach for the sodium-packed processed foods for meal and snack time since most cooking options are not available. However, believe it or not, there are not semi-perishable items that can give you the nutritious power you need when the power's out:
- Dry cereal with dry milk powder (prepared with water)
- Peanut butter sandwich on wheat bread with a fruit cup
- Low-fat pudding cup with 1/4 cup nuts or dried fruit
- Whole-grain blueberry muffin or bagel with canned vegetable or fruit juice
- Peanut butter and jelly sandwich on wheat bread served with 2-3 cups pre-popped popcorn
- Tuna fish vacuum pack (~3 ounces) prepared with honey mustard served with 10-12 blue corn tortilla chips, rice crackers, or whole-wheat crackers
- Quick and Easy Three Bean Salad (makes about 5-6 cups or 10-12 (1/2-cup) servings of salad): Drain and rinse a can of cut green beans, a can of kidney beans, and a can of black beans; combine and mix with a vinaigrette dressing of your choice; add in 2 tablespoons of honey; sprinkle on ground pepper to taste
- Rinsed and drained canned chicken breast chunks (~ 5 ounces) served with 2 tablespoons of a low-fat dressing with "Quick and Easy Three Bean Salad"
- 1/4 cup dried fruit such as raisins or dried apricots
- 1/4 cup almonds, cashews, or mixed nuts
- 10-12 blue corn or whole-grain tortilla chips
- fruit cup
- low-fat pudding cup
- 2-3 cups pre-popped popcorn
- granola bar
- dehydrated turkey "jerky"
- dehydrated fruit "leather"
- low-sugar protein drink
- canned vegetable or fruit drink