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If Hurricane Irene's headed your way, you might be raiding the supermarket isles, hoping to stock up on food for the weekend. But don't think you need to fill the pantry with chips and salsa. There are plenty of ways to eat healthy, even if you're relying on prepackaged food.
"People go to the store and they're stocking up on junk food and party food," said Katherine Tallmadge, a registered dietitian and author of "Diet Simple" (LifeLine Press, 2011). "The truth is, it's really easy to eat nutritiously ."
To meet your nutritional needs, you want to make sure your meals provide a combination of protein, fats and carbohydrates, said Heather Mangieri, a nutrition consultant and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.
"We want to make sure that we still have that combination…and that we're not just eating the same foods over and over again," Mangieri said.
Mangieri recommends stocking up on the following foods:
Tallmadge recommends bean salad, which can be made from canned beans, and adding vegetables such as onions and celery.
"The options are just really limitless, I think," Tallmadge said. "Nobody is going to die of starvation being without a steak for a couple of days."
Pass it on: There are many ways to eat nutritiously during a disaster without a working stove or refrigerator.