In Florida, hurricane season is from June to November every year but the peak is from August to October. Being plant based has it’s benefits as there are no worries about animal milk or meat getting spoiled if there is no power for a few days to a week.
While fresh whole foods are the best, you can still stock up on non-perishable plant foods. Keep in mind, there are a lot of foods that are vegan/plant based but are still processed and do not contain much nutritional value (ex. Oreos, Skittles, & chips). Here’s a list I came up with with plant based options (that are also gluten free & dairy free for those who aren’t vegan) to be prepared for hurricanes that will fuel and nourish your body.
Plant Based Hurricane Prep List: Bars (ex. Larabars, Kind Bars)
Navitas Power Snacks
Assorted Nuts & Seeds Shelf-stable Nut or Seed Butter (almond, cashew, sunflower, etc) Homemade Banana Bread (made ahead of time) Lundberg Rice Cakes
Precooked Quinoa & Brown Rice Mary’s Gone Crackers Non-refrigerated Fruit (ex. Bananas, Apples, Pears, Oranges, Nectarines, Plums, & Avocado) Dried Fruit (no sugar added, sulfite free)
Apple Sauce (unsweetened)
Bare Apple Chips
Freeze Dried Vegetables (Broccoli, Peas, Beets) Vegetable Chips (Bare, Kale – homemade or store bought)
Good Catch “Tuna”
Freeze Dried or Roasted Edamame
Canned Beans & Chickpeas (low/no sodium, no preservatives)
Canned Soups (low/no sodium, no preservatives)
Canned Fruit (no added sugar or preservatives)
You can fill up a cooler (Rtic or Yeti) with ice to keep your fresh fruits and vegetables lasting for a couple of days. Instead of buying bottled water which is usually the first to run out in stores, I recommend storing filtered water (if your water is filtered at home) ahead of time in glass & stainless steel containers. Coconut water is also a great alternative that has electrolytes but look for brands without added sugar (Harmless Harvest, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods 365). Some things you can go ahead and buy ahead of time, just check expiration dates. If you can’t find certain items in store, check out Thrive Market or Amazon.
If you have any other recommendations, please share in the comments!