Most people don’t take very good care of themselves while they’re moving. There’s so much going on that it’s easy to let proper nutrition and hydration fall by the wayside. Resist the urge to use a drive-through for every meal or to skip mealtimes altogether! If you eat right during your move, you’ll feel better and move more effectively. It’s worth the time commitment, no matter how pressed for time you may be.
To help make sure you keep eating, we’ve put together a list of our favorite “moving” foods. These are the meals and snacks we recommend you keep on-hand for your next move:
Hard-boiled eggs are a perfect on-the-go snack for busy people. Making a dozen the week before your move is a low-cost, high-protein way to keep up your energy. All they take is a single pan, so you don’t even need to unpack your kitchen to prepare them! Plus, they keep well and travel well for day-of-move energy boosting.
Apples are another food that travels well, makes you feel good and are easy to eat on the go. Apples are high in antioxidants, which help slow down the body’s processing of carbohydrates. In other words, antioxidants make other foods provide your body with nutrition over a longer period of time.
Apples aren’t just a great source of nutrients; they’re also general energy efficiency boosters! That extra efficiency will really help when you need constant, consistent energy during your move.
If you haven’t noticed already, our recommendations have a few key components. They don’t involve a lot of cookware, they’re simple and they provide a nutritional boost. Yogurt is a perfect example.
Keep in mind: yogurt won’t travel quite as well as the other recommendations on this list. We recommend it as a boost leading up to your move more than a snack during the actual move. Yogurt is a protein-packed, vitamin-dense snack that’s easy to eat quickly in the morning or for an afternoon pick-me-up. Plus, there are delicious flavors out there that will help you pretend you’re eating dessert!
We’re nuts for nuts. Almonds, walnuts and cashews are all dense with life-giving calories, energy-sustaining protein and healthy fat. Nuts like these also contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These fatty acids are a great source of energy for anyone who wants to feel full without feeling heavy.
We know you can’t live off just snacks before and during your move. You’ll want alternative options that give you the energy you need without messing up your kitchen. That’s where premade burritos come in. You can clean out your pantry before the move by creating a number of these and storing them in your fridge. There are tons of options!
You can fill burritos with health- and energy-boosting options like avocado, egg, sausage, spinach and other fresh vegetables. They can be rolled up and kept in the fridge for the week leading up to the move. They can also be made further in advance and frozen if you’ll have access to a microwave to defrost them. Burritos are an easy, efficient and low-impact delicious food. They’re perfect for a move.
The long and short of it is this: you want to eat food that’s simple during your move. Good moving food is food that doesn’t interrupt you or make you feel tired, bloated and heavy. It might seem nice to order pizza on moving day, but foods that are greasy and heavy can slow you down. Instead, stick with snacks like the ones we’ve listed here, drink plenty of water and save the pizza for a post-unboxing celebration.
If you’re looking for any other help with your next move, give Wheaton a call. Our expertise in packing, moving, and transporting things cross-country is second-to-none.