Healthy Foods Truck Drivers Can Eat on the Road
When most truck drivers eat on the road, they load up on high-calorie foods at fast food restaurants or gas stations. While convenient and quick, eating these foods for every meal puts a strain on the body’s health.
Just because you’re on the road for long periods of time doesn’t mean you can’t eat healthy. Truck drivers who eat healthy not only improve their health but also save money. After all, it’s usually more cost-effective to prepare food to take on the road than it is to spend the money at restaurants.
Fortunately, there are many different types of healthy—yet still tasty—foods you can pack before a trip. Plan in advance, and enjoy healthy food for every meal while you’re on the road.
According to studies, breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day because it provides nutrients and gives you energy early on. However, the type of breakfast food is important, especially for truck drivers who need to stay alert while driving. Some excellent sources of breakfast food include:
- Hard boiled eggs
- Whole wheat toast and peanut butter
- Cheese sticks
- Dry, whole wheat cereal
Foods with too much artificial sugar (such as processed cereal and pastries) do provide energy, but that energy does not last and will lead to a sugar crash later on.
Lunch is also an important meal because it re-energizes the body and increases blood sugar levels, which helps restore focus. Some healthy meal choices for lunch include the following:
- Low-fat, low-sodium soup
- Chicken, beans, lettuce, ham, etc. wrapped in whole wheat tortillas
- Fruit (fresh or in a cup)
- Peanut butter and jelly on whole wheat bread
- Lettuce salad topped with chicken, tomatoes, nuts, and a light dressing
Sometimes you can’t avoid eating at a restaurant or gas station. Luckily, many places offer healthier choices on their menu. Choose a salad instead of a double-patty burger.
For truck drivers who need to drive late into the night or through the night, dinner can be almost as important as breakfast. Dinner can offer the right kind of energy to allow you to concentrate and stay sharp while driving. Examples of healthy dinner food include the following:
- Whole wheat pita pocket stuffed with chicken, tuna, etc.
- Fruit juice or vegetable juice
- Pre-cooked chicken salad with pasta and spinach (with a low-fat dressing)
- Ham and cheese sandwich on whole wheat bread
- Turkey patty on a whole wheat bun
No matter what you choose to eat, choose water for a healthy beverage. Water prevents dehydration during a long drive and doesn’t fill you with excess sugar, as soda does.
Eating every few hours helps stave off hunger while also providing a steady stream of energy. Choosing to eat only at mealtimes might cause drowsiness that could affect driving. By eating just three big meals a day, much of the day is also full of gaps of hunger, which might lead to impulsive eating at fast food restaurants or gas stations. Some foods for healthy snacking between meals include the following:
- Whole grain crackers
- Nuts (such as unsalted peanuts and almonds)
- Fresh or dried fruit
- Hummus and vegetables
- Beef or turkey jerky (low-sodium brands)
- Granola bars
Items to Bring to Help You Eat on the Road
While all this food could be prepared at home before a trip, some of it requires equipment to enjoy it on the road. Consider bringing along the following:
- Plastic utensils
- Plastic bags
- Water bottle
Eating healthier doesn’t mean hard work or boring food. Invest in this equipment, purchase some healthier foods, and enjoy a healthy truck driving lifestyle.
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