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How to Prepare Healthy Moving Day Meals

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During a move, you will be preoccupied with the arduous planning, packing, and organizing--your focus on preparing nutritious, lean meals can easily fall by wayside. However, there's no reason you should fall victim to the lure of convenient, but grossly unhealthy, take out and fast food. These tips will help you quickly and easily prepare healthy moving day meals for you and your family.

Before the move

In the weeks leading up to moving day, your schedule will be jam-packed with moving tasks, leaving little time for meal planning. However, don't let the exhaustion of planning your move lead to convenient take out meals and fatty fast food. You must finish off all the perishable food in your home before you move anyway, so it's a good idea to use it up while you can.
  • Several weeks before moving day, take inventory of your freezer, fridge and pantry.
  • Giving priority to perishable food items, construct a menu for the next several weeks, using up any fresh produce, meats, and frozen food.
  • Keep trips to the grocery store limited--try to come up with recipes using what you already have.
  • Focus on meals you can make in bulk--crock pot meals like soup, stew and turkey chili work great for your busy schedule. You can simply divide meals into portioned containers and freeze, providing many easy meals during your hectic move-planning period.

Eating on the road

Is it a long ride to your new home? If you rather not indulge in greasy roadside diner food or burgers from the drive-thru, pack nutritious, easy-to-eat fare to enjoy on your car trip.
  • The day before your move, your refrigerator must be bare and clean. Take a quick trip to the grocery store to pick up a few staple items for your travel meals.
  • Whole wheat wraps and cold cuts, hummus and veggies, granola or nut bars, fresh fruit, hard boiled eggs, and bottled water are all healthy finger-food options that travel well.
  • Prepare a cooler with ice packs the morning of your move so your food stays fresh and cold on your trip.
  • Pack each family member's lunch in a separate container to make divvying up the food much easier while traveling. This will also make packing the cooler a simpler task.
  • If you'd rather enjoy a sit-down meal, check your route in advance for restaurants offering healthy choices.

First night in your new home

When you arrive at your destination after a long hard day of moving, the last thing you want to do is start unpacking all of your cookware and slave over a meal in your kitchen. This is why so many people reach for the phone and dial the local pizzeria when their move is complete.
  • Pack a first-night meal in your cooler. Along with your food for the road, pack pre-made frozen meals in your cooler, such as leftover chili or stew. If you made enough before your move, these meals could feed you for several days until you get settled in. You may arrive at your new home late, so anything you can simply heat and eat will be appreciated.
  • Make a quick trip to the grocery store. Though it may be the last thing you feel like doing, quickly picking up a few staple ingredients-- like a protein and some produce--and throwing together an easy meal won't take too much effort. You can simply grab a pre-made veggie side dish off the grocery store salad bar and throw chicken breasts in the oven when you get home for a healthy, no-fuss meal.
  • Prepare for breakfast your first morning in your new home. Oatmeal, granola bars, whole grain toast, yogurt or hard-boiled eggs are all easy breakfast options you can pack in advance or pick up at the grocery store when you arrive at your new home.

Nicole La Capria  Posted by Nicole La Capria on April 9, 2013

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