As I write this column days before publication, I have no idea what the weather will be on Wednesday when it prints. In June, I had the pleasure of meeting a very fit Jim Cantore from The Weather Channel.

Hurricane Dorian has made me think back to my column from earlier this summer that discussed being prepared so you wouldn't get caught up in the public panic. Some of you listened while others were out looking for water. I filled up my tank early and got cash out of the ATM, but that is just about all the things we really needed to do. I will be double checking for some important paperwork, although I spent a little time earlier this year and scanned a lot of that stuff to a removable drive.

In the kitchen, I am focusing on eating all the food we already have on hand — starting with food that has been around the longest. Our uneaten food after the storm will be donated to the food pantry.

No matter how much I prepare, I'll never have enough snacks in my house. The thought of lying around for the next few days eating chips and other highly processed snacks sent me into chef mode. My son and I decided to make a nice selection of healthier hurricane snacks. We still bought a couple of bags of chips, but we also opted to buy mixed nuts and dried fruit for my sweet tooth. We also decided to make a few snacks, as well. Many snacks are full of empty calories and that is why we find ourselves eating more than what is favorable.

I complied a list of hurricane-friendly snacks that won’t leave your stomach feeling so empty within an hour of eating them:

apple slices and peanut butter celery sticks with peanut butter and dried cranberries (red ants on a log) dark chocolate chips and honey-roasted peanuts

See a theme here? Peanuts are an excellent source of protein and are really filling so you don’t need as many to feel satisfied. Peanut butter is good because you can enjoy it in a variety of different ways. You can also make my no-bake, easy peanut butter protein bars. I hope everyone is safe during the storm and I pray this storm misses us altogether.

ZE'S EASY PEANUT BUTTER BALLS

Ingredients:

1 cup crunchy peanut butter 1/3 cup honey, (we used orange blossom) 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, sifted 1 cup mini chocolate baking chips, optional pinch of salt

Directions:

In a large bowl knead together peanut butter and honey. Once combined add flour and a pinch of salt. Once flour and peanut butter mixture is combined, stir in chocolate chips, shape into half-inch balls and place on tray wax paper line tray. Place in fridge for 1 hour, then transfer to storage container. If you would like to dip balls in melted chocolate (we use the microwave melting chocolate), place balls in the freezer for an hour before dipping and return to fridge on a tray after dipping.

 

Ze Carter is a food columnist for the Daily Commercial. Email her at zecarter12@gmail.com.