We all can admit it is tough to find affordable and healthy eating options while on the road, especially for owner operator truck drivers. However, with a little planning, you can maintain a healthy diet.
If you have an in-truck refrigerator, consider yourself lucky! Truckers can stock up on healthy snacks. However, try to stay away from the chips and candy bars. You want to concentrate on snacks that will keep you full longer.
Believe it or not, there are some tasty, healthy options. String cheese, pretzels, fresh fruits, and veggies are just a few healthy choice options. A handful of almonds are always a quick and healthy snack. Also, you can keep green veggies refrigerated with a side of fat-free or light vegetable dip for a quick and easy snack.
If you are craving something sweet, strawberries or blueberries can be an option. You can always pack plain Greek yogurt and blend it with the strawberries or blueberries.
Changing it up at the restaurant
When eating out during your time on the road – watch for menu items that are low in sodium and fat. Typically, these will be baked options instead of fried. Keep in mind a salad can go a long way! Remember to eat greens and dress it with all of your favorite toppings (healthy ones of course).
Pre-packaged and restaurant foods often serve up a larger than recommended portion. Just like a buffet, these large portions can be very tempting. Yes, you are getting a lot of food for your money, but it is not always the best option. It is okay to eat at a buffet, however, you must remember to eat in moderation and slowly.
When you eat too fast, your body does not have time to be ‘alerted’ that it is full. Instead this will leave you hungry for more. Also, remember to take smaller bites, and when you are full – stop there!
Staying healthy for a successful career
These will keep you in the best of health which will prove to be beneficial in the case you desire to work with a reputed nationwide trucking company. Landstar requires good physical health apart from other qualifications.
Recommended healthy foods
- Lean meats (or baked)
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Low-fat salad dressing
- Peanut butter
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Grilled chicken
- Trail mix
- Bottled water
A few alternatives to unhealthy desserts are Jell-O, pudding or fresh fruit.
Foods to avoid
- Mayo based salads
- Full-fat salad dressings (regular Ranch dressing for example)
- Fried foods
- Foods with gravy or creamy sauces
- Desserts with a high amount of sugar
Be healthy during your journey!