Let’s answer the question:
“How can I stick to solid nutrition without electricity”
Okay, if hurricane Irma knocks out our electricity for an extended period, we can still keep our nutrition on point, it will just be more similar to camping!
You might find yourself gravitating to shelf stable snacks and non-perishables like canned food, that’s fine, but I want to give you some ideas that can help you keep your diet on track.
- Freeze fillets of chicken, steak, and fish beforehand to get some extra mileage out of their freshness
- Stock up on ice to keep your meats and dairy chilled for as long as possible.
- If you don’t have a cooler, no worries, your fridge/freezer is already a high quality cooler.
- Most fruits and veggies can stay at room temperature for a few days too.
Beans offer great fats, complex carbs and starches, and fiber. Usually they are already cooked so heating them up can make them a nutritious part of a meal.
Tuna is actually VERY nutritious, a can of tuna offers a couple servings of protein. Try to get 2-3 servings per day.
PRO-TIP: Make sure to drain the juices from canned items,(including veggies and canned fruits) to avoid consuming the extra salt and preservatives.
Each day we should aim to eat 3-4 servings of protein, depending on our body mass. If you don’t have any fresh or canned meats, try a protein powder- it can stay at room temperature and you just add water to get a solid serving of muscle preserving goodness.
An interesting twist on oatmeal that requires no cooking is to soak some old fashioned oats in water to soften them and mix in some condensed milk and cinnamon, or mash in a banana or peanut butter for a delicious meal in the morning.
Even without power you can eat bananas, apples, oranges, and nuts in the morning.
If you have a grill or heating element you'll have a lot more options.
Some starchy foods/grains can sit at room temperature and when cooked, become a great part of your hot meal:
- Whole grain pasta