Bread and milk are terrible blizzard rations — here's what you should actually buy

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Winter storm Jonas is brewing on the East Coast and is projected to start dumping snow and freezing rain on Friday night. So you should run to the store and buy bread and milk, right?

Wrong.

Bread and milk expire pretty quickly and require refrigeration. They're also pretty light on the nutrients and won't keep you satiated and supplemented as you ride out the weather.

The trick is to buy foods that don't won't expire quickly or need to be refrigerated. They should be easy to prepare, easy to eat, high in protein, and provide enough variety to keep you full and happy for days.

Here are 13 better items for your grocery-store run.

1. Peanut butter: It's high-protein and lasts for months.

2. Canned soups and chili: You can eat it straight out of the can. It's also packed with nutrients. You might want to avoid soups loaded with sodium and artificial flavorings, though.

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Bread and milk are terrible blizzard rations — here's what you should actually buy
Pennsylvania Avenue looking toward the U.S. Capitol in Washington is virtually empty, early Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, as the Nation's Capital hunkers down in preparation for a major snowstorm expected to begin later in the day. The Federal Government will close all of their offices in the area at noon. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)
Tracy Whitman, of Owings Mills, Md., carries a snow sled she purchased in Towson, Md., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. The northern mid-Atlantic region, including Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia, is preparing for a weekend snowstorm that is now forecast to reach blizzard conditions. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)
Xueyu Zeng, of Towson, Md., sweeps snow from a walkway in Towson, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, after a snow fell the night before.. The northern mid-Atlantic region, including Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia, is preparing for a weekend snowstorm that is now forecast to reach blizzard conditions. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)
Richard Warner, of Newtown, Pa., right, and an unidentified man discuss the pros and cons of various snowblowers outside a Lowe's home improvement warehouse Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in Langhorne, Pa. The northern mid-Atlantic region, including Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia, is preparing for a weekend snowstorm that is now forecast to reach blizzard conditions. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Vincent Ayd, left, owner of Ayd Hardware in Towson, Md., and truck driver Mike Jock, of Newark, Del., unload snow shovels and ice-melt in Towson, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. The northern mid-Atlantic region, including Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia, is preparing for a weekend snowstorm that is now forecast to reach blizzard conditions. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)
Phi Tran, of Bensalem, Pa., holds a blower that he bought in preparation for a snow storm predicted this weekend, Thursday, Jan.21, 2016, in Langhorne, Pa. The northern mid-Atlantic region, including Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia, is preparing for a weekend snowstorm that is now forecast to reach blizzard conditions. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
A worker in a hardware store assembles snow shovels on January 21, 2016 ahead of an expected blizzard. A blizzard warning has been issued for the Washington region with a forecast of 2 feet, 61 cm, of snow. / AFP / Mandel Ngan (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Firewood and antifreeze sits for sasle in front of Lowes Home Improvement in Bowie, Maryland, on January 20, 2016, as weather forecast predict an incoming blizzard to the area. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Half empty shelves of water are seen at Safeway in Bowie, Maryland, on January 20, 2016, as weather forecasts predict an incoming snow blizzard to the area. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
A shopper pushes a cart down the toilet paper aisle at Safeway in Bowie, Maryland, on January 20, 2016, as weather forecasts predict an incoming blizzard to the area. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman stands in front of firewood and antifreeze with snow shovels as she shops at Safeway in Bowie, Maryland, on January 20, 2016, as weather forecasters predict an incoming snow blizzard to the area. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
The shelf sits empty where snow shovels used to be at Lowes Home Improvement in Bowie, Maryland, on January 20, 2016, as weather forecasters predict an incoming snow blizzard to the area. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Half empty shelves of water at Safeway in Bowie, Maryland, on January 20, 2016, as weather forecast predict an incoming blizzard to the area. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Shoppers at Safeway in Bowie, Maryland, grab what is left of the snow shovels on January 20, 2016, as weather forecasters predict an incoming snow blizzard to the area. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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3. Avocados: If you're lucky enough to live in a region that supplies avocados year-round, stock up on a few. They're high in protein, easy to eat, and will liven up any sandwich, soup, or dip.

4. Bottled water: If your water supply becomes contaminated, bottled water is a great way to keep yourself hydrated and can be used to rinse your fruit, vegetables, and body. Save plastic — and money — by grabbing larger containers.

5. Protein bars: Quick, easy way to get some calories and protein without the work.

6. Crackers: Slather on some peanut butter or used them as a sliced-bread substitute for a sandwich.

7. Multivitamins: Replenish essential vitamins quickly.

8. Canned beans: They're versatile and oh so nutritious and yummy.

9. Dried meat: Who says these are only for meatheads? Lock in the protein with this savory snack — just watch out for the extra salt.

10. Nuts and trail mix: They're easy to eat, high in protein, satisfying, and don't require refrigeration.

11. Cereal: Multigrain cereals are a nutritious, pleasurable snack. If you passed on the fresh milk, try using powdered milk or eat it dry.

12. Canned tuna: Tuna is a great source of protein and is easy to prepare. Just don't forget a can opener!

13. Seasonings: One of the simplest and arguably most important things is to add some flavor to bland foods.

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For more tips on how to prepare for the storm, check out our handy guide here.

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