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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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)
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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)
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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.

SEE ALSO:Here's what to expect from the 'paralyzing' blizzard set to clobber the Northeast later today

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