5 Healthy Move-Friendly Meals that will save you time & stress!
Moving can be overwhelming. You may feel like you’re juggling more tasks than you can keep track of–getting set up with a new job, transferring your kids to a new school, managing the finances, updated addresses, transferring utilities, and packing up everything you’ve accumulated over the years.
It all can feel, well, stressful to say the least. Did you know that stress–in addition to causing sleep issues, headaches, and a decreased immune response–also causes unhealthy food cravings? And poor nutrition can contribute to tiredness, hinder our ability to work well, and increase our stress levels! That’s definitely not what you need right now.
On a brighter note, healthy food can reduce the negative effects of stress on your body, lower your blood pressure, aid in better sleep, and strengthen your immune system.
Below we’ll make sure that, in the midst of all the moving mayhem, no one’s getting hangry. Our five favorite move-friendly meals are healthy, tasty, and won’t break the bank. Check out our top picks for wholesome grab-and-go foods that’ll keep you movin’ and your body groovin’ while you pack up.
Roll-Out-Of-Bed Breakfast: Overnight Oats
Throw six ingredients into a jar, give them a stir, and stick them in the fridge. This is the beauty of overnight oats. The blog we’ve linked above will give you a base recipe which includes rolled oats, chia seeds, yogurt, milk, vanilla, and a sweetener.
Then, it offers 8 variations you can make to take your oats up a notch. For a classic taste, try the Maple French Toast version. Have a insatiable sweettooth? Sample the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough oats. Feeling like a southern belle? Give the Vanilla Strawberry recipe a try.
A Fast and Fresh Lunch: 5-Ingredient Kale Caesar Salad
Kitchn’s tasty kale salad can be quickly thrown together for a nutrition-packed lunch. It’s toppings of homemade croutons, lemon-pepper dressing, and shaved parmesan cheese will make kale-haters change their minds.
To make these move-friendly meals more filling, top it with some protein. You can go the super easy route and add a can of tuna or salmon, cook up a salmon filet or chicken breast, or–to keep things really quick–pick up a rotisserie chicken for a topping.
A Protein-Packed Snack: Chia Pudding
10 years ago, if you asked a grocery store clerk for chia seeds, they’d say “Who?!” 800 years ago, chia seeds were a staple in the ancient Aztec diet. Today, chia seeds have moved back into mainstream meals, and Walmart sells bags of them.
These tiny seeds pack a huge punch when it comes to nutrition. They’re extremely rich in dietary fibre, omega fatty acids, calcium, andtioxidants, and protein, as well as iron and potassium. They keep you fuller for longer, and they turn into a thick, pudding-like consistency when mixed with milk or added to a smoothie.
We love the recipe linked above because it uses coconut milk, giving the pudding an extra decadent and creamy consistency. If you’re not a fan of coconut, no problem. Just substitute the coconut milk for your milk of choice. You can batch-make this recipe, add unique toppings you or your family will like best, and serve them for breakfast, a side, or a snack.
Comfort Food for Dinner: 15-min Pea and Basil Pesto Pasta
This speedy and satiating dish is full of plant protein. Its pea and pine nut pesto will let you eat pasta guilt-free. Designed by the dieticians at Pick Up Limes to be quick and easy, you’ll spend less than 15 minutes making this warming and filling dinner.
Simply saute a few shallots and galic cloves, roast some pine nuts for two minutes, blend together with some fresh herbs and spices, and boil up some spaghetti. Depending on your health goals or dietary needs, you may want to switch out the linguine in the recipe for something a little more healthy.
Try a whole wheat, gluten free, or low-carb pasta to give this dish a nutritious boost. Bulk up the recipe with some chicken breast, salmon, or ground turkey if you’re feeling extra hungry.
Dessert Done in 3 Minutes: Chocolate Mug Cake
At the end of a long packing day, who doesn’t want a little rewarding treat? It’d be easy to plop down on the couch and pop open a tub of Ben & Jerry’s. But if you want the satisfaction of a delicious sweet dessert without any of the stress-inducing side-effects we talked about earlier, try this little treat out.
Ready in 3 minutes, this chocolate mug cake designed by Downshiftology is rich and decadent. Feel free to get creative decorating this cute little treat with your own favorite toppings, like nuts or nut butters, berries, or a dollop of coconut cream.
You’re About to Save Even More Time…
Finding the time to fit in some healthy mealplanning and cooking during a move can be challenging. Who are we kidding? Eating healthy can be challenging any day of the year!
We hope these five quick and healthy move-friendly meals will give you the extra time and extra energy you’ll need during your move. Need an extra ten minutes to spare? Here’s a free PDF download of all the ingredients you’ll need to grab at the store to make these 5 recipes. We’ve converted the measurements to make two servings, but feel free to double your shopping list if you have more family members at home.
Good luck moving house. And as always, feel free to reach out to our team. We know this process in and out and would love to help.
5 Healthy Move-Friendly Meals Grocery List
Rolled Oats: 1 cup
Chia Seeds: 1 Tbsp
Nonfat Greek Yogurt: ½ cup
Vanilla Extract: 1 tsp
Sweetener of Choice (honey or maple syrup): 1-2 Tbsp
5-Ingredient Kale Caesar Salad
Country-style bread: 2 ounces
Olive Oil: 2 ½ Tbsp
Kosher Salt: ½ tsp
Black Pepper: ½ tsp
Lemon Juice: 2 Tbsp (from about 1 lemon)
Parmesan Cheese, grated: ¼ cup
Dijon Mustard: 1 ½ tsp
Lacinato or Flat-Leaf Kale: ½ large bunch
Protein of choice: chicken, tuna, salmon, chick peas, etc.
Canned Light Coconut Milk: ½ a can
Chia Seeds: 2 ½ Tbsp
Honey or Maple Syrup: 1 ½ tsp
Vanilla Extract: ¼ tsp
Kosher Salt: tiny pinch
Toppings of choice: fresh fruit, jam, nuts, etc.
15-Min Pea & Basil Pesto Pasta
Pasta: 5 oz
Pine Nuts: ¼ cup
Olive Oil: 2 Tbsp
Galic: 2 cloves
Shallot: 1 shallot
Jarred Roasted Bell Pepers: 1 large
Cooked Green Peas: about 1 cup
Fresh Basil: ½ cup
Arugula: 1 cup
Optional toppings: Pine nuts, green peas, chili flakes, fresh basil, lemon wedges
Chocolate Mug Cake
Almond Flour: ½ cup
Cacao Powder (or cocoa powder): ¼ cup
Maple Syrup: ¼ cup
Coconut Oil: 2 tsp
Vanilla Extract: 2 tsp
Eggs: 2 large
Optional toppings: coconut cream, berries, chocolate chips, orange zest