Category: healthy eating

Eating Healthy with the Seasons

As a truck driver, eating healthy on the road is not always easy. It can be difficult to prioritize healthy eating and prepping healthy meals can be a challenge. As a truck driver, you travel many miles that require long hours in the truck and multiple stops at gas stations. Due to this type of career, it can be hard to find food options that are both healthy and satisfying. 

Truck drivers know all too well how hard it is to get good, wholesome meals two to three times a day. However, there are options, and with a little extra effort, healthy meal prep can be the solution! It may seem impossible to prep healthy meals that include fresh, nutritious foods due to the long inconsistent hours, but planning ahead can save you from stress and headaches. 

Now that spring has arrived, there are many ways you can incorporate delicious, healthy in- season fruits and vegetables into your meals. A few different ways you can enjoy these foods are through salads, yogurt, soups, and sandwiches. Just add some fruit, such as blueberries or strawberries, to your yogurt or put cucumbers or radishes on a sandwich. 

By adding in-season fruits and vegetables, you are providing your body with many health benefits, including the following.

Mixed Berries and Fresh Fruits

Fresh fruits provide many health benefits that consist of a combination of vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. Bananas are an excellent choice for drivers because they are high in potassium, which helps fight fatigue and leg cramps. Another great option is apples because they help boost your immune system. If you have a sweet tooth, mixed berries and fresh fruits are a great alternative to candy and other sweet treats. They will fulfill your cravings but help you stay away from the sugar crash that comes with a lot of snacks high in sugar. Most truck stops have a variety of fresh fruit options, so you’ll never run out! Just a few in-season fruits you are bound to find include:

  • Honeydew
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Kiwi
  • Apricots 


Just like fresh fruits, vegetables are another excellent choice of food to keep on hand while traveling. They also provide great health benefits including high fiber content. High fiber foods will help you feel fuller longer and stop you from overeating. Incorporating leafy greens into your everyday meals will increase your focus on the road. They are a good source of Vitamin K, which prevents certain age-related conditions. Leafy greens also help decrease cholesterol and preserve your eyesight. A couple examples you could try would be broccoli salad or cucumber salad. Broccoli is rich in minerals, nutrients, and fiber. Cucumbers are low in calories and high in nutrients. Enjoy as many fresh salads as you’d like, but keep in mind to skip salad dressings with high sugar and fat. Instead, go for a vinaigrette or balsamic dressing with olive oil. Some in-season vegetables to keep on hand include:

  • Cucumbers
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Radishes
  • Turnips
  • Asparagus
  • Tomatoes
  • Bell peppers

Being a truck driver, driving long hours daily is not an easy career. There’s no room for added stress, such as making sure you eat healthy. By planning ahead and making sure you have a good stash of fresh fruits and vegetables, you can ensure your sedentary profession will not prevent you from being healthy. Not only do these food choices keep you healthy, but they also help you remain focused and energized for your long trips. 


Healthy Meals You Can Have in Your Truck


Obesity has long been associated with driving a truck.  It’s a mainly sedentary job and despite the lack of physical activity, it can be exhausting. After a long stretch behind the wheel, drivers want to relax and rest up for the next shift.  Fitting in adequate exercise can be difficult so maintaining a healthy weight can be challenging.  

It doesn’t have to be that way.  With effort and planning, it is possible to make healthy meals while you’re out on the road.  One of the keys to healthy eating on the road is to keep your truck well-stocked with healthy choices.  If you don’t have them on hand, it’ll be harder to resist picking up truck stop food.     

Start by using the right equipment.  Space in a truck is always limited so think about the foods you’d like to make in your truck.  There are numerous cooking options such as a hot pot, microwave, toaster, small slow cooker, portable stove, and two-burner stovetop.  A fridge is a necessity and one with a freezer is best.    

When you make your own meals, you are in total control.  How many calories, how much salt, and  fat are entirely up to you.  Processed foods tend to be higher in all of these things, especially sodium, and if you are overweight and have heart issues or high blood pressure, it’s important to watch your salt intake.  


Protein helps you feel fuller for longer. Having a protein-packed breakfast will help keep you from reaching for snacks.  Some delicious ideas to start the day are:

  • Whole wheat toast with peanut butter (lots of protein)
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Cottage cheese with fresh fruit
  • Whole-grain cereal 
  • Low-fat yogurt with fresh fruit
  • Omelets (throw in your favorite protein, cheeses, and veggies)


  • Wraps are great for lunch because you can eat with one hand and fill them with anything you like.  Use lean meats like sliced turkey, or tuna, and add tons of fresh veggies.  Use a low-carb or whole wheat wrap to make it even healthier.
  • Soups (pick the non-creamy, low-sodium varieties)
  • Veggie pasta salad


If you have a freezer (you should), stock it with healthy treats like frozen yogurt or fruit bars.  Other handy snacks: 

  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Cheese and whole-grain crackers
  • Dried fruit (great snack that doesn’t need to be refrigerated)
  • Unsalted mixed nuts


Meal prep is your friend.  Many websites show you how to make a week’s worth of meals in one day.  Make them the day before your trip and pack them in reusable plastic containers.  Meal prep often involves cooking a protein, like chicken, and then adding rice or noodles, various veggies and sauces and spices, varying them so each meal is different.  It’s an inexpensive way to give yourself some variety in your healthy dinners. 

Rotisserie chicken can be thrown in with some pre-cooked rice and veggies and a little soy sauce, made into a delicious chicken salad wrap, or tossed on a salad. 

Tuna casserole can be cooked on a stovetop or in a slow cooker.  Egg noodles, tuna, cream of mushroom soup, cheese, and frozen peas, and you’ve got a hardy meal.

Mac-n-cheese can be made in a crockpot with cheese, macaroni, milk, butter, and eggs.  It’s not the healthiest, but you’ve got to indulge every now and then.  

When you do eat out on the road, try for healthier options like food that is grilled instead of fried, skip the hamburger bun, and drink water instead of soda.

By planning and prepping your meals before you head out on the road, it’ll be easier to maintain a healthy weight, you’ll have more energy, and you’ll feel better about yourself.  

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