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Follow these tips for healthy eating on moving day

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If you look up the term “necessary evil” in the dictionary, you’ll see a picture of two people hoisting a sectional up the banister of a three-story walkup. Moving is rarely fun, and crankiness can set in almost as quickly as back pain.

Hunger will only exacerbate this crankiness, which is why it’s mission-critical to pack the right snacks while you’re still packing boxes. During these long, stressful days, it might be easier to grab some fast food or that bag of chips from your pantry. However, these meals won’t adequately fuel you for the process ahead.

Take portable snacks

Since you’ll likely be enjoying your snack in a van, on the curb, or while holding a lamp, simple snacks that can fit in your pocket or bag are a go-to.

One of the most portable snacks around, dried fruit, is also one of the most nutritious. Dried apricots, for example, pack a whopping 1,511 milligrams of potassium per cup, more than three times that of an entire banana. Potassium is critical for hydration, so it’s particularly important on any day when you’re sweating or otherwise dehydrated.

Second, your moving snack shouldn’t require a long preparation process. Snacks that you can open up and dig right into are key here. Nuts and trail mix are also great on-the-go options, as they’re full of protein and carbohydrates that will give you enough energy to take on the day.

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Avoid anything overly messy or perishable

Sushi and yogurt are delicious, nutritious snacks but they aren’t the best for moving day.

If dairy is your snacking happy place, go for hard cheese cubes instead of soft products like yogurt and milk, which will quickly spoil in the sun. If you’re feeling a little more peckish, opt for beef jerky as opposed to fresh deli meat. If beef isn’t your go-to, explore other types of jerky made from different meats or plant-based substitutes.

Moving is all about on-the-go snacking, and you should be able to indulge without running back and forth from the refrigerator. If you’re craving something fresh and filling, like a salad or marinated chicken breast, it’s probably best to put the moving on hold and take a lunch break.

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Pack a nutritional punch

Moving is hard work, and your body will need to be replenished. As we previously mentioned, nuts and dried fruit are great sources of energy-boosting carbohydrates and protein.

In addition to these, try a quick smoothie or protein shake in the morning. It’s highly portable, drinkable energy, and that will keep you hydrated and focused all day long. Fruit smoothies are also full of antioxidants and potassium from the berries and bananas to keep your immune system running like a well-oiled machine.

Don’t let moving day sneak up on you without a game plan, and nothing says “I have a plan” like having a really good snack on hand. Find something you can keep on hand and break out any time to keep hunger and crankiness at bay. If you follow these few tips and tricks, you’ll be able to snack whenever the urge strikes. Just put down the sectional first.

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