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Whether you’re facing the brunt of Northeast snowstorm the next few days, or you’re just hoping to get educated before Mother Nature’s next blow — it’s always smart to be prepared for bad weather.
So before grocery stores are wiped clean, beat the crowds and stock up your pantry with these storm essentials. Snowstorms can bring freezing pipes and power outages, so focus on these kitchen staples that are all affordable, nutritious and nonperishable.
With your pipes at risk of freezing, it’s wise to have bottles or gallons of water on hand.
2. Peanut butter
Peanut butter has a long shelf-life, and is packed with protein. Pair it with other essentials on the list, like bread and crackers.
3. Canned soup
Even if your power is down, canned soup can be eaten directly from the can!
4. Bread or baking mix
Bread is affordable and filling. However, since bread is usually in high-demand before bad weather, consider buying baking mix and making your own carb-filled goods!
Did the grocery store run out of bread? Crackers are perfect for munching. Plus, add peanut butter and honey for a sweet and salty snack
6. Canned tuna
Tuna is a great, protein-filled option that can be safely eaten without being cooked.
Honey has a long shelf-life — and tastes great on almost everything.
8. Granola bars and protein bars
These snacks are packed with fiber and protein, and can stay on your shelf for an extended period of time.
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