One of the perks of road tripping is the plethora of snacks and goodies you can munch on as vast stretches of countryside pass outside your window. However, as a long-haul trucker, you probably know first hand just how detrimental things like fast food and truck stop snacks can be to your health.
In fact, a study released by The Healthy Trucker listed obesity as one of the biggest health risks for drivers, with more than 73% overweight and over 50% obese. The stationary truck driver lifestyle doesn’t exactly promote regular physical fitness either, And when paired with coast-to-coast routes that feature in-and-out eateries and junk-food havens, staying healthy on the road is a difficult task.
Fortunately, obesity, poor health, and being overweight doesn’t have to be your fate as a truck driver. With the following 8 tips, you can learn about things that make eating healthy on the road easy, like how to make healthy on-the-go meals, which healthy on-the-go snacks to choose, and how to master the art of cooking in a semi-truck. Check it out!
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, regardless if you’re frying bacon in the comfort of your own home or preparing oatmeal in the middle of the Midwest. While greasy breakfast sandwiches may seem like a quick, easy option, there are several healthier breakfast foods that are equally as easy to find in common stops and easy to make in your truck. Incorporate the following options into your daily routine for a healthier diet:
With a nutritious, healthy breakfast, you can jumpstart your day while also maintaining healthy eating on the go.
Healthy eating for truck drivers isn’t easy, particularly when it comes to finding healthy lunch options. As easy as it may be to take a quick stop at a fast food restaurant, there are several healthy substitutes that are equally as easy to make or find as greasy cheeseburgers and french fries.
Maintaining a healthy diet doesn’t have to be difficult if you keep these low-calorie, low-carb lunch options close at hand.
After a long day on the road, dinner time is often a warm welcome reprieve. And just because these dinner options are healthy doesn’t mean they don’t taste good. Consider the following dinnertime delights.
By ending your day with a healthy dinner, you can give your body the nutrients it needs to stay healthy on the road.
Despite how hard you try to eat healthy meals, snacks can easily throw you off track. However, just like meals, you might be surprised to find that there are several tasty snacks that can make it easy to eat healthy on the road. Snacks to bring on your trip include:
Instead of chips and candy, reach for some of these healthy snacks when the craving hits.
One of the biggest contributors to unhealthy eating is convenience. It’s often easier to grab fast food grub than to make and store food yourself. But with the proper truck driver cooking equipment, making healthy foods and keeping it stored and accessible is easy.
While keeping a cooler stocked with your favorite foods is a good option for short routes, there are specially-designed mini fridges for semi trucks that can keep your foods safe and refrigerated. These 12-volt mini fridges come in a variety of different sizes and can be powered with a simple cigarette plug adapter. In addition to keeping your food 40 degrees cooler than the cab of your truck, these refrigerators also help to keep your food organized and sanitary and your truck interior clean.
When it comes to eating healthy on the road, planning ahead and preparing your meals in advance is key. By making things like soups, sandwiches, and salads prior to your trip, you won’t have to worry about making meals on the road and you’ll always have a healthy meal option close at hand.
When you’re on the road and your food supply starts running low, instead of breaking your healthy habits by eating at some fast food joint, stop at a local grocery store to buy more healthy foods. Places like WalMart Superstores are often easy for truckers to access and also carry fresh produce and other health-forward options. And it’s much more cost-effective to plan your meals in advance and go bulk-shopping than it is to put together a meal on-the-fly.
Like the mini fridges, there are several special trucker cooking appliances that make cooking and eating healthy on the road easy. Appliances like a double burner stove top or portable stove make it easy to heat water and pan-cook foods (while your truck isn’t moving, of course), while things like specially designed microwaves for semi-trucks can come in handy when warming up pre-made meals and reheating leftovers, even on the road.
Other appliances that can help make cooking easier include a crock pot, blender, electric skillet, and hot pot. You’ll need an inverter and power strip for your truck, and make sure to verify that any appliances you plug in don’t exceed the appropriate wattage for your inverter. Again, by planning ahead, you’ll be able to know exactly which types of appliances you’ll need to maintain healthy eating on the road.
While cooking and eating in your truck can help you save money and stay healthy, you’re likely still going to want to eat out every once and awhile. By adjusting some of your restaurant habits, you can make good decisions when eating out.
First, opt for grilled foods over fried foods and ask about healthier options to substitute for french fries or onion rings. Go easy on salad dressings, substitute lettuce wraps for buns, and ask for water to drink instead of soda. Lastly, remember that a big part of eating healthy is portion control: by choosing smaller portions, you’ll prevent yourself from overeating.
With the help of these eight tips, you’ll find that eating healthy on the road is well within your capabilities. Planning several healthy options for each meal of the day and having the right cooking equipment in your truck will make it easy to satisfy your food cravings.