By: Lee Breslouer
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Ordinarily, sitting in your house with the lights off for a week means you’re knee-deep in a Narcos marathon. But with winter and its unruly weather on the way, it’s totally plausible you could end up stuck at home with no power involuntarily, too. If and when that happens, you’ll need your home stocked with enough calorie-dense food and drink to last a few weeks and keep you sane. With that in mind, we spoke with Tony Nester, a survival instructor and owner of Ancient Pathways, to find out the essentials.
This stuff is easily found at the grocery store, and will last one person about two weeks if they eat 2,000 calories a day. Nester advises you get more rather than less, as you could help other people who didn’t prepare like you did!
Both are excellent and easily available protein sources. Mark the date you bought them with a Sharpie. This stuff doesn’t last forever, but could easily sit untouched in your pantry that long.
Pasta is the dish that always fills you up and never lets you down. Yep, that’s definitely the slogan for pasta.
Both canned chicken or canned Chicken of the Sea are ideal protein-loaded dinner options, says Nester.
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Nester recommends you buy different sizes of water bottles and store them around the house. Pick up a 24-pack of one-liter bottles to have on hand, then store a larger 7-gallon blue jug in the garage, for instance. “There’s a saying the SEALs have that ‘Two is one and one is none,’” Nester tells us.
PMA stands for “Positive Mental Attitude” foods, and they’re essential for your mental stability when you’re stuck in your house for two weeks with no power. Buy stuff that makes you feel good, like coffee and chocolate. “Whatever rocks your day,” says Nester.
Eating pasta, beans, and rice for two weeks straight will be even less fun if you don’t have crushed tomatoes to help out.
Oats are a great source of protein first thing in the morning, and you can easily enhance the flavor with other items on this shopping list. Except the spaghetti sauce, unless that’s something you’re into.