Maintaining a healthy diet while out on the road can often be a challenge for many truckers during their long days away from home. The plethora of goodies and snacks easily accessible along the way can be very tempting, no doubt. However, it is important that truckers focus on what foods they are regularly consuming to keep them in good health. Not having access to a full kitchen of delicious home cooked meals everyday can make it very tempting to stop at the nearest McDonalds for a Big Mac, large coke, and fries. Not only is that meal loaded with calories but regularly eating fast food can be expensive as well. Thankfully, there are several alternatives to help make life on the road healthier and a little easier.
Everyone has heard the saying, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. In order to maintain a well-balanced diet, it is imperative this meal doesn’t get skipped. A healthy breakfast benefits you by maintaining your energy level when you are on the road for extended periods of time. Luckily, breakfast can be quick and easy, with minimal prep time. Perfect when you have jam packed day ahead of you. Give these alternatives a go:
*Tip: Be mindful of items high in sugar, as that can lead to a slump later in the day.
Lunchtime is another opportunity to make quick, easy, and healthy eating choices. Options may be limited, depending on what you have access to, but that does not mean your meal cannot still be nutritious and delicious. Here are a few ideas for lunch:
Hunger is likely to strike in between meals, and with it the temptation for that truck stop candy bar or other similarly unhealthy snack. To avoid this, keep your truck cab stocked with healthy grab-and-go alternatives that make snacking guiltless. Try these options instead:
As dinnertime approaches, the long hours spent driving all day can start to take its toll. Substandard meal choices are most commonly made during this time of day. Therefore, it is important to keep in mind that dinner is most beneficial when it is your smallest meal of the day. Schedules may be tight but, to ensure proper digestion, try your best not to eat dinner right before bedtime. Pro tip: Get a miniature slow cooker (if your truck allows for it). It will make life much easier when cooking meals and prevent the urge to grab that large pepperoni pizza from the nearest truck stop. Try these options:
Other tips to keep in mind include watching what you drink (ie: replace a sugary soda drink with green tea if you need a caffeine boost or coffee with sugar-free creamer or no creamer). During home visits, meal prep before hitting the road again so that you have meals ready to go. Practice portion control. Keep a stash of healthier condiment choices in your cab for sides and salads to help cut back on calories. You can also download mobile apps such as MyFitnessPal to log your meals and help you stay on track.
While there are still so many other ideas and healthy options out there, this will certainly help you get off on the right foot. When you start to incorporate healthier choices, you will be on the road to becoming a happier, healthier trucker in no time!
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