What to eat on moving day: Moving day food ideas
Moving requires a lot of energy and focus – you need plenty of physical strength and mental stamina to successfully handle the laborious moving tasks and nerve-wracking relocation challenges. And to be able to keep your vigor and alertness high throughout the arduous moving process, you need to fuel up with the right food – healthy, nutritious, and balanced.
Eating right is especially important on moving day, when you’ll need to be at your best in order to cope with the chaos, do all the necessary work, and prevent mistakes and mishaps. So, even though food will likely be the last thing on your mind at that trying time (you’ll be busy and anxious and exhausted and will have no kitchen to prepare a meal in), you still have to make sure that you eat something healthy on the Big day to keep your energy and focus up.
Here are some simple and wholesome moving day food ideas to help you bolster your body and mind, so you can achieve a smooth and successful relocation.
What is the best food for moving day?
You’re going to need all your vigor and alertness on the Big day, so you’re going to need invigorating food – something healthy and nutritious that will sustain your strength and will help reduce stress and fatigue. Your food has to be light and wholesome to give you the necessary energy without slowing you down.
Moving day meals should include plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains. Overly processed foods (like fast food) and foods that have too much sugar (like candies) should be avoided because they give only a short energy boost followed by a sharp dip.
So, even though it may be very convenient to just order a pizza on moving day, you’re advised not to – there are other easy, yet healthy options. You just need to take some time to plan your moving day meals ahead of time:
- Go to the grocery store a couple of days before your move to pick up some healthy foods – fruits and vegetables, lean meats, eggs, whole grain bread, low-fat dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt), etc.;
- Prepare meals in advance – make simple meals like pasta and stew the night before your move and put them in the fridge, so all you’ll have to do on moving day is heat them up;
- Make finger foods for moving day – The best food for the Big day is something that people can grab with their hands and eat on the go (there will be no time to sit down for a meal and all your plates and utensils will be packed up);
- Have healthy, high-energy snacks on hand – nuts, fruits, granola bars, cheese cubes, peanut butter sandwiches, etc.
Creating a meal plan in advance will allow you to focus on your moving tasks on the Big day (as you won’t have to worry about what to eat and won’t waste time making meals) and will help you keep your energy up throughout the entire process (as you will have some wholesome food to sustain you).
Related useful read: How to eat healthy when moving
What to eat on moving day?
As your move approaches, be sure to set up a menu for what you’ll have for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Moving day:
What to eat on moving day for breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially when it comes to Moving day – it will keep you sustained throughout the busy hours of your move (not to mention that you may not have the chance to get another meal until evening). So, as much as you may wish to save some time and as nervous as you may feel on the morning of your move, make sure you don’t skip breakfast.
To get off on the right foot on the Big day, you need a healthy and well-balanced breakfast that is also quick and easy. This means a blend of carbohydrates, protein, and fiber, such as:
- Oatmeal – It takes very little effort to make and contains plenty of vitamins and nutrients – just make the oatmeal in the evening before your move, put it in the fridge for the night, and dress it up with fruit, honey, and/or nuts on the morning. Oatmeal and berries is an excellent combination for a healthy, high-energy breakfast;
- Cereals – Packed with carbohydrates and easy to prepare, cereals are another great choice for a fast and filling moving day breakfast. Add some fruits to make it even more delicious and energizing;
- Bagels or other pastry goods from a nearby bakery;
- Cheese toast – simple to make and full of useful fats and proteins;
- Eggs – a great source of high-quality protein and various vitamins and minerals.
It is a good idea to avoid bacon, salami, sausages, and other similar foods on the morning of Moving day because they will make you feel full and sluggish.
Good to remember: Be sure to complement your moving day breakfast with a cup of coffee and some orange juice – caffeine will improve your focus and alertness and vitamin C from the orange juice will boost your energy.
What to eat on moving day for lunch
Lunchtime tends to be the busiest part of moving day, so it’s best to have a healthy meal prepared in advance:
- Sandwiches – Arguably the best food for moving day, sandwiches are easy to prepare and easy to eat. Just make sure you use whole grain bread and layer it with quality meat (or another good source of protein) and fresh vegetables. Ham, chicken, tuna, eggs, cheese and tofu are all excellent choices for moving day sandwiches;
- Salads – Salad is a refreshing, energizing, and simple moving day food option. You can make some lettuce and vegetable salad or prepare salads with pasta, potatoes, quinoa, tuna, chicken, etc.;
- Vegetables with energy boosting dips – Celery sticks, carrots, peppers, and cucumbers all go well with hummus, tofu, and tuna dips – and you get lots of vitamins and proteins;
- Spaghetti – Simple and satisfying, spaghetti is great for moving day. Be sure to opt for whole grain pasta though – it is a rich source of fiber, protein, and carbs which are slowly released throughout the day to keep you vigorous and alert;
- Lasagna or quiche prepared the evening before;
- Other pre-made crockpot meals.
What to eat on moving day for dinner
You’re going to need some good food at the end of the exhausting moving day – a satisfying and relaxing meal that will help you recover from all the stress and hard work.
Even in the event of a local move though (when you will have already arrived in your new home and all your belongings will be delivered and maybe even partially unpacked), you’re unlikely to have the energy to prepare – and clean up after – a meal. Unless you’ve brought along some pre-made meal which you can simply warm up for dinner, your best bet is to order a take-out – just be sure to pick something healthy. If you’re up to it, trying a local restaurant is also a great option.
In the event of a long-distance move, a good restaurant is your only choice for a good meal on the evening of moving day.
What food to serve on moving day?
While it’s crucial to make a good moving day food plan for you and your family, you should not forget about the other people involved in your move either. Whether it’s a professional moving crew or good friends, you can’t let your moving day helpers go hungry.
1) What to feed friends who help you move – Serve something delicious and sustainable that will ease your friends’ hunger and will give them the strength and energy they need to help you with your move. Pizza is the easiest and most common choice, but it isn’t healthy and can be heavy on the stomach (and, thus, slow people down).
So, opt for some lighter and more wholesome foods – sandwiches, whole grain pasta, salads, fruits, granola bars, nuts, etc. Be sure to provide some of your friends’ favorite snacks too – cheese bites, cookies, brownies, yogurt, and even chocolate.
Check if there is anyone intolerant or allergic to certain foods and make sure vegetarians have a choice of non-meat options.
See also: How to thank friends for helping you move
2) What to feed a moving crew – It’s not your responsibility to feed the movers, but you should remember that your hired helpers are human beings who have their needs as everyone else. They’re going to do a lot of hard work on moving day, so they will grow tired and their energy will drop as time progresses.
It is, therefore, a good idea to provide snacks and refreshments to the movers (opt for some healthy grab-and-go foods and weather-appropriate beverages) to sustain their strength throughout the day. If the moving job will take more than a few hours, you may want to offer the crew lunch as well – your kind gesture will be highly appreciated and will help speed up the movers’ work. Do not just order pizza though – provide a choice of healthy foods (sandwiches, fruits and vegetables, pastry, etc.) or just ask the crew what they would like to have.
See also: How to thank my movers
Good to remember: The best food to serve on moving day is finger food – cheese bites, sandwiches, miniature quiches and meat pies, sliced fruits and vegetables, etc. These foods can be eaten quickly and easily on the go and do not require utensils, so they’re perfect for the busy moving day.
Additional useful information: Moving day tips and must knows
A few more things to have in mind when it comes to food for moving day:
- Provide lots of snacks – Moving is a very physically demanding job, so people will need to recharge every once in a while. So, make sure you have plenty of snacks on hand on the Big day – granola bars, cheese cubes, peanut butter sandwiches, fruits, nuts, and other similar munchies rich in fiber, protein, and natural sugar;
- Plan for your road trip – If you’re moving across the country, you’ll need some food for the trip to your new home. Pack some nutritious, easy-to-eat items to enjoy on the road – cold cuts, sandwiches, hard boiled eggs, fruits and nuts, granola bars, etc. Do not forget to bring plenty of bottled water as well;
- Use left-over foods – You need to use up your food supplies before the move, so try to cook easy moving day meals that use whatever ingredients you already have in your home. Also, consider preparing dishes in bulk in the week before your move – any left-overs will come very handy on the Big day (See also: What to do with food when moving);
- Get some paper plates and plastic utensils to use on Moving day, during the trip to your new home, and in the first days after the move – you may not have access to your kitchen items during that time and even if you do, you probably won’t have any desire to deal with dirty dishes on top of everything else;
- Stay hydrated – It’s critical that you stay properly hydrated throughout the moving process – drink plenty of water to keep your body systems functioning at an optimal level and provide a variety of healthy, refreshing drinks for everyone – cold tea, fruit juices, and drinks with electrolytes in the summer and hot coffee and tea in the winter. Avoid icy beverages, carbonated drinks, and energy drinks that can be harmful to your health.
Related useful read: How to keep your energy up during a move
So, what to eat when moving? In a word – healthy, well-balanced food that will keep your body and mind in prime condition throughout the arduous relocation process.
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Published at Thu, 28 Nov 2019 14:02:30 +0000