Moving can be stressful! There is always more to do than expected, and generally under a lack of time (our family has just been there, so I speak from experience!). One thing you don't need to worry about unduly is knowing what to eat when you move.
Balancing the right fuel, emptying the fridge, and packing your kitchen can be confusing, but a little forethought can make all the difference in how you feel and how efficiently you pack.
This article is here to help you nourish your body with real food options, while keeping what you eat stress-free during the days leading up to a big move. We're going to take a look at my top tips for staying energized and healthy, simple meals on the move, and same day snack ideas.
Moving food: tips for staying fit and healthy during a move
Packing boxes - I always find it a bit of a puzzle - and coordinating your change of address is enough to give you some thought during the move. Here are my favorite tips to help you simplify meals and eat healthy during a move.
1. As always, plan ahead!
Just as I encourage you under normal circumstances, make a basic meal plan for the week before you leave. Remember to include everything frozen vegetables you must exhaust!
2. Prepare the food in advance
All meals you can prepare in advance and gel are invaluable for moving week! Cans, peppers, soups and meatloaf are always winners to freeze.
3. Take inventory
Moving often requires cleaning the pantry and refrigerator. As the last week at home approaches, take a quick inventory of what food is left over so you can eat it rather than throw it away.
4. Be creative with what you have
If a dish you normally make calls for asparagus, but all you have is broccoli, trade! Also try substituting different meats and herbs to tick the creative box and reduce food waste.
5. Aim for balance, let go of perfection
Getting moving is no excuse for letting your nutrition slip completely - plus, you'll need as much energy and focus as you can muster. Always aim for most meals to consist of quality protein, healthy fats, and colorful veggies - but let perfection go.
6. Keep snacks simple
If you or your kids need a midday breakfast, keep the snacks simple. Homemade trail mix, hard-boiled eggs and fresh fruit, and Guac for a crowd with Vegetarian Sticks are all quick, healthy options to have on hand.
7. Drink lots of water
It's tempting to stock up on caffeinated or sugary drinks to try and get through long days, but they can actually tire us out and interfere with sleep. Water - perhaps with a squeeze of fresh lemon and a pinch of sea salt - is the best moisturizer and energy booster.
8. Nourish your mental and spiritual health
It is important to think about how to nourish your physical body during movement, but the same is true of meeting your mental and emotional needs. Pause, deep breathing, and jotting down a few things you're grateful for - with a cup of herbal tea or herbal tea - can work wonders in busy times.
9. Keep some kitchen items on hand
Leaving a handful of cooking utensils until the last minute wrapping is helpful. A sauté pan, saucepan, a few utensils, and a chef's knife are a few standard items that can make your final meals easy to prepare. We keep our camping plates and utensils in the truck and take them out for the last day of a move.
10. Choose healthier take-out meals
If you find yourself in the queue towards the end of your packing days, choose healthier restaurants. Avoid pizza and fries - grab salads, roast chicken, and baked sweet potatoes.
11. Ask for help!
You may have friends, family, and neighbors asking if they can help you with anything as your moving date approaches. Don't be afraid to ask for a meal!
12. make a list of dishes for your new destination
Not only is it helpful to think about the days before you move out of your old place, it's also important to be ahead of the curve on what you'll need in your new home. Start by making a list of the pantry staples and refrigerator essentials you'll need to create your new kitchen.
Simple meals on the move
Moving meals can be healthy, simple, and require minimal kitchen equipment. Here are some ideas for moving week in your home.
Dinners for moving week
These dinners are either easy to prepare while the kitchen is half full or can be prepared ahead and reheated.
- Primordial Chile: This is one of my favorite meals to make ahead (freeze and reheat when hunger calls). It's heartwarming, colorful and delicious.
- Simple Ground Beef Tacos: A sauté pan, cutting board, and chef's knife are all you really need to bring these tasty tacos together with fresh ingredients.
- Curious Cobb salad: Cobb salads are great for using ingredients in the fridge and can be made ahead in mason jars.
- Garden Harvest Meatloaf: Full of protein and colorful veggies, meatloaf can easily be made ahead and frozen for crunch time!
- Chicken "pasta" with sundried tomato pesto: I love a great all-in-one meal - especially during moving week! This delicious dish is easy to make ahead and reheat portions as needed.
These minimal effort breakfast ideas are perfect for busy weeks (like when you're moving house).
What to eat on moving day (and feed the friends who help you move)
Healthy moving day food includes snacks to have on hand. These go a long way when you (or those helping you) need a little boost. Here are my favorites.
- Charcuterie board: Quick to assemble, great for cleaning the fridge and pantry, and satisfying for long working days - try a deli board!
- Chocolate Gingerbread Bites: Before your food processor hits the cardboard box, prepare some of these snacks. Store in the refrigerator or freezer.
- Healthy banana boats: Bananas, nut butter, and fun pantry toppings you have on hand will quickly complete this delicious snack.
- Fancy bugs on a log: Healthy and playful, bugs on a log are perfect appetizers for simple moving day snacks.
Long-distance travel may also require eating on the road. Make sure to check 115 healthy snack ideas and packaging guide for helpful suggestions during transit.
Plan your move, get ready and start packing!
Now you are ready for your next move with meals on the move to keep your body nourished and your mind healthy. These tips, meal ideas and snack suggestions will give you the courage to tackle every other part of your moving adventure.
It’s easy to get confused when it comes to health and alimentation. Even qualified experts often seem to hold opposing opinions. Yet, despite all the disagreements, a number of wellness tips are well supported by research. Here are 27 health and nutrition tips that are actually based on good méthode.
These 8 practical tips cover the basics of healthy eating and can help you make healthier choices.
The key to a healthy diet is to eat the right amount of calories for how réactive you are so you balance the energy you consume with the energy you use.
If you eat or drink more than your body needs, you’ll put on weight because the energy you do not use is stored as fat. If you eat and drink too little, you’ll lose weight.
You should also eat a wide range of foods to make sure you’re getting a balanced diet and your body is receiving all the nutrients it needs.
It’s recommended that men have around 2, 500 kcal a day ( 10, 500 kilojoules ). Women should have around 2, 000 kcal a day ( 8, 400 kilojoules ). Most adults in the UK are eating more calories than they need and should eat fewer kcal.
Starchy carbohydrates should make up just over a third of the food you eat. They include potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and cereals. Choose higher fibre or wholegrain varieties, such as wholewheat pasta, brown rice or potatoes with their skins on.
They contain more fibre than white or refined starchy carbohydrates and can help you feel full for longer. Try to include at least 1 starchy food with each main meal. Some people think starchy foods are fattening, but gram for gram the carbohydrate they contain provides fewer than half the kcal of fat.
Keep an eye on the fats you add when you’re cooking or serving these variétés of foods because that’s what increases the calorie content – for example, oil on chips, butter on bread and creamy sauces on pasta.
It’s recommended that you eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and veg every day. They can be fresh, frozen, canned, dried or juiced. Getting your 5 A Day is easier than it sounds. Why not chop a banana over your breakfast cereal, or swap your usual mid-morning snack for a piece of fresh fruit ?
A portion of fresh, canned or frozen fruit and vegetables is 80g. A portion of dried fruit ( which should be kept to mealtimes ) is 30g. A 150ml glass of fruit juice, vegetable juice or smoothie also counts as 1 portion, but limit the amount you have to no more than 1 glass a day as these drinks are sugary and can damage your teeth.
You can choose from fresh, frozen and canned, but remember that canned and smoked fish can be high in salt. Most people should be eating more fish, but there are recommended limits for some variétés of fish.
You need some fat in your diet, but it’s important to pay attention to the amount and type of fat you’re eating. There are 2 main genres of fat : saturated and unsaturated. Too much saturated fat can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which increases your risk of developing heart disease.
On average, men should have no more than 30g of saturated fat a day. On average, women should have no more than 20g of saturated fat a day. Children under the age of 11 should have less saturated fat than adults, but a low-fat diet is not suitable for children under 5.
Try to cut down on your saturated fat intake and choose foods that contain unsaturated fats instead, such as vegetable oils and spreads, oily fish and avocados. For a healthier choice, use a small amount of vegetable or olive oil, or reduced-fat spread instead of butter, lard or ghee.
When you’re having meat, choose lean cuts and cut off any visible fat. All types of fat are high in energy, so they should only be eaten in small amounts.
Regularly consuming foods and drinks high in sugar increases your risk of obesity and tooth decay. Sugary foods and drinks are often high in energy ( measured in kilojoules or kcal ), and if consumed too often can contribute to weight gain. They can also cause tooth decay, especially if eaten between meals.
Free sugars are any sugars added to foods or drinks, or found naturally in honey, syrups and unsweetened fruit juices and smoothies. This is the type of sugar you should be cutting down on, rather than the sugar found in fruit and milk.
Many packaged foods and drinks contain surprisingly high amounts of free sugars.
More than 22. 5g of total sugars per 100g means the food is high in sugar, while 5g of total sugars or less per 100g means the food is low in sugar.
Eating too much salt can raise your blood pressure. People with high blood pressure are more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke. Even if you do not add salt to your food, you may still be eating too much.
About three-quarters of the salt you eat is already in the food when you buy it, such as breakfast cereals, soups, breads and sauces. Use food labels to help you cut down. More than 1. 5g of salt per 100g means the food is high in salt.
Adults and children aged 11 and over should eat no more than 6g of salt ( about a teaspoonful ) a day. Younger children should have even less.
As well as eating healthily, regular exercise may help reduce your risk of getting serious health conditions. It’s also important for your overall health and wellbeing.
Read more about the benefits of exercise and physical activity guidelines for adults. Being overweight or obese can lead to health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, heart disease and stroke. Being underweight could also affect your health.
Most adults need to lose weight by eating fewer kcal. If you’re trying to lose weight, aim to eat less and be more réactive. Eating a healthy, balanced diet can help you maintain a saine weight.
Check whether you’re a saine weight by using the BMI saine weight calculator. Start the NHS weight loss plan, a 12-week weight loss guide that combines advice on healthier eating and physical activity. If you’re underweight, see underweight adults. If you’re worried about your weight, ask your GP or a dietitian for advice.
You need to drink plenty of fluids to stop you getting dehydrated. The government recommends drinking 6 to 8 glasses every day. This is in addition to the fluid you get from the food you eat. All non-alcoholic drinks count, but water, lower fat milk and lower sugar drinks, including tea and coffee, are healthier choices. Try to avoid sugary soft and fizzy drinks, as they’re high in kcal. They’re also bad for your teeth.
Even unsweetened fruit juice and smoothies are high in free sugar. Your combined total of drinks from fruit juice, vegetable juice and smoothies should not be more than 150ml a day, which is a small glass. Remember to drink more fluids during hot weather or while exercising.
Some people skip breakfast because they think it’ll help them lose weight. But a healthy breakfast high in fibre and low in fat, sugar and salt can form part of a balanced diet, and can help you get the nutrients you need for good health.
A wholegrain lower sugar cereal with semi-skimmed milk and fruit sliced over the top is a tasty and healthier breakfast. Further informationThe Eatwell Guide can help you get the right balance of the 5 main food groups. The guide shows you how much of what you eat should come from each food group. Read more about eating a balanced diet and understanding calories.