You won’t likely have a lot of time to cook fancy meals as your move nears. And once you move, your new kitchen will be in chaos for at least a few days, so cooking isn’t a top priority. But eating out every night adds up, and restaurant food isn’t always the healthiest. Use these tips to keep your diet and your budget on track during the move.
You know the move is coming up, so take a little time to plan some meals and snacks. You don’t want to go on a major shopping trip right before you pack up. Planning your meals allows you to buy only enough to feed your family up to the move. Choose meals that are simple to prepare, such as pasta dishes. If you plan meals that are complicated you might be tempted to ditch the menu and go for takeout.
Another way to stick to eating at home during a move is to do as much meal prep as possible ahead of time. A few weeks before things start getting hectic, take an afternoon to whip up several meals that you can keep in the freezer. You can also start doubling your recipes as the move gets closer so you have extra to freeze. This leaves you with meals to reheat when moving gets busy.
The closer the move gets, the less time you’ll likely have for anything other than packing. Healthy snacks kept on hand give you a way to keep your energy up when you don’t have time to stop for a meal. Ideas include nut butters with whole grain bread or crackers, fruit, deli meats and vegetables that are already cut up.
Plan Meals Out
You don’t have to eat every meal at home. Choosing to eat a few meals out gives you a break during the move. Plan to eat out on nights you know you will be extra busy or when the kitchen isn’t in shape for cooking. For example, the night before you move to the new house or the first night in the new house are good times to go to a restaurant or get takeout since the kitchen will be packed up.
Don’t forget healthy drinks during the move. All that packing and lifting gives you a workout, so drink plenty of water. Keep other healthy drinks on hand, such as tea, to keep you hydrated.