Vegan Hurricane Survival Kit

As you may or may not know Southern and Eastern parts of the U.S. gear up for hurricane season every year beginning in June and ending in November. Although not every year is extremely active if at all, this year Mother Nature has decided to rile us up with quite a few massive storms. Living in South Florida my family and I had to prepare for the biggie that was hurricane Irma two weeks ago. I hadn’t been in a storm since becoming vegan and was curious to figure out how easy or difficult it would be to stock up on vegan non-perishables, and/or easily cooked food items. Turns out it was not as difficult as I suspected.

Although we pretty much finished out stash of hurricane foods from last week and aren’t ready to purchase a whole other load, I went in and out of the aisles of our local grocery store to show you guys a list of items you can easily eat during your hibernation or evacuation period.

First thing us hurricane veterans all know is that grocery stores are emptied out within a day or two of news channels warning us of a major storm headed directly our way. Since vegans are already “difficult” eaters to begin with, we have to beat the crowd and get out there before there is nothing left that we can eat. Surprisingly a good amount of canned foods and snacks omnivores purchase for these situations happen to be vegan, or “accidently vegan”.

 

Refrigerated Foods:

My first list of items are foods that should be refrigerated but can be left out for longer than others without giving your entire hurricane squad food poisoning right away. I also suggest you have a cooler or a few coolers and ice packs on hand for these items in case the power goes out you have a bit of a buffer period.

  • Almond milk
  • Jelly/Jam
  • Hummus
  • Salsa
  • Sliced “cheese”
  • Veggie dogs
  • Veggie burgers
  • Gardein “chicken tenders”
  • Frozen non-dairy pizza
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Baby carrots
  • Celery
  • Non-dairy salad dressing

 

Pantry Foods:

  • Sliced bread
  • Buns
  • Tortillas
  • Tortilla chips
  • Plantain chips (Lime infused ones are the best!)
  • Pita chips
  • Pringles
  • Oreos (I thank the universe every day that these are accidentally vegan!)
  • Lara bars
  • Cereal
  • Peanut butter
  • Oatmeal
  • Trail mix
  • 90 second (Uncle Ben) quinoa/brown rice

These are all snacks that were available at my local grocery store. Whole Foods has better vegan snacks such as “cheese” squares and “cheese” puffs!

 

Canned Foods:

  • Black beans
  • Pinto beans
  • Refried beans
  • Corn
  • Amy’s Tomato basil soup
  • Amy’s Lentil soup
  • Amy’s Minestrone soup

 

Fruits:

Fruit is such a wonderful thing! They don’t necessarily need to be refrigerated and sometimes are in very convenient shapes and forms.

  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Bananas
  • Pears
  • Avocados
  • Tangerines
  • Grapes
  • Kiwis
  • Mangos
  • Pretty much ANY fruit that doesn’t get squishy after a day or isn’t a pain in the ass to cut!

 

Meals using food items:

With all these items you are prepared to munch on a snack at any moment, heat something up quickly incase the power goes out, or throw something on your gas-powered or carbon grill in the aftermath of the storm when/if you don’t have electricity for a while.

  • PB&J sandwiches
  • Chips and salsa
  • Salads
  • Rice bowls
  • Hummus with carrots/celery or pita chips
  • Cereal and almond milk
  • Oatmeal with almond milk
  • Burritos
  • “Hot dogs”
  • “Burgers”
  • Grilled cheese sandwiches
  • Soups
  • Fruit salad
  • Oreos and almond milk

 

Water cases (1 of 1)Drinks:

Along with food, it is also extremely important to stock up on fluids in order to stay hydrated during the storm or in case you want to throw a hurricane party for some positive vibes in a not-so-positive situation!

  • WATER, WATER, WATER!
  • Coconut water (mixer)
  • Iced tea (mixer)
  • Gatorade (mixer….maybe/last resort)
  • Vegan-friendly beer
  • Spirits/Liquor

 

So there you go! You are all set and officially prepared to be hibernating for a few days while still while still staying true to your diet/lifestyle. My family and I ended up evacuating to Tennessee but we took most of this stuff on the road with us in order to survive two 24-hour drives through chaos! Obviously, this is not a super fancy or elaborate list of foods and definitely not the healthiest, but TRUST ME when everyone else is surviving off of canned tuna and Nutella sandwiches, you are going to want to junk out as well! There is nothing wrong with that in my book!

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Hello internet world! My name is Jess and I welcome you to my experimental, hopefully long-lasting and successful vegan food blog! Eleven months ago (September 2016), I made the decision to discontinue my carnivorous ways and change to a mostly plant-based diet. As a month or so past, I figured why not try this whole "vegan" thing and completely cut out not only flesh, but dairy, eggs, and any other animal bi-products from my diet and lifestyle. I am now coming up on a year since my journey began and I feel better than ever! This lifestyle choice is extremely beneficial for so many reasons including personal health, the environment and of course loving instead of eating and mistreating our fellow earthlings. Prior to making my positively life-changing decision I had always had the thought of doing it in the back of my mind. Coming from a Hispanic family and culture where multiple forms of meat are crucial to every meal, I never thought I could actually really commit to it long-term. Once I dove in to this challenge I realized it really wasn't even a massive challenge and every day after a delicious meal I thought to myself, "Hey this isn't bad at all!" The purpose of this blog is to highlight the abundance of vegan-friendly products that are out there and how I included them in my every day, easy to make meals during my transition and even now. I've always been a food lover and am eager to indulge in tasteful meals, snacks and desserts. So whether you are vegan already, interested in becoming one but don't know where to start, or you are just curious to experience the awesomeness of vegan foods, TURN ON your vegan self and check out these amazing options that are just waiting to be made by YOU!

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