It is challenging for truck drivers to maintain a healthy diet while on the road. It can be difficult for truck drivers to prepare fresh and healthy meals without a complete kitchen and fresh groceries. Many truck drivers stop at a fast-food restaurant due to it being quick and convenient. However, these foods are high in calories, sodium, and fat and are not cheap.
You can, however, make your own healthy and delicious meals. You do not have to be a great chef as with a little effort and planning, you can have your own nutritious meals.
Making your own meals allows you to control the number of calories, fat, and sodium. You can even store food if you have a refrigerator in your truck.
Here are a few healthy and delicious food ideas:
Breakfast is an important meal for everyone, including truck drivers. A nutritious breakfast provides truckers with the energy to start their day. It also keeps your energy levels up, which is very important when you are on the road.
It is essential that your breakfast contains proteins, calcium, healthy fats, and complex carbs. Below are some healthy and delicious breakfast ideas.
- Whole-wheat toast with peanut butter
- Low-fat yogurt
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Fresh fruit
- Cottage cheese
- Egg whites (available in a carton for easy cooking)
- Protein/cereal bars
When hunger strikes, you should have some healthy snacks to satisfy your hunger. Having healthy snacks in your truck minimizes the need to grab unhealthy and high-calorie snacks from the truck stop. Below we have some healthy snack ideas.
- Low-fat yogurt
- Hummus and veggies (broccoli, carrots, cucumber)
- Low-fat string cheese
- Beef jerky
- Unsalted mixed nuts
- Whole-grain crackers
There is no need to stop at a fast-food restaurant. You can make your lunch quickly and easily. Lunchtime is an excellent time to make better choices, for example, water over soda. Moreover, instead of choosing unhealthy sauces and spreads like ketchup and mayonnaise, you can choose healthy ones like mustard and mashed avocados. Below are some lunch ideas.
- Veggie or turkey burger
- Tomato and avocado sandwich
- Grilled chicken salad with low-fat dressing
Buy a slow cooker. With a slow cooker, you can make meals like BBQ chicken, beef stew, and pork chops and avoid buying a bucket full of fried chicken or a large pizza. But make sure that dinner is your smallest meal of the day.
The sweet tooth of truckers can be satisfied without indulging in a calorie fest. Below are some options.
- Frozen yogurt
- Frozen fruit bars/ice pops
- Fat-free ice cream
- Frozen grapes or strawberries
By making these simple, healthy, and delicious foods every day, you will be on track to becoming a healthy truck driver in no time. Visit our website Gillson Trucking for more information.