Like a truck, a body requires fuel, good fuel, to run properly. A constant diet of greasy fast food and sugary soda would soon add up to health issues for anybody, especially truck drivers who are seated in one place so much of the time.
As a new driver you will want to learn ways of not only eating healthy, but preparing your own healthy meals. It will save time & money, and will give you many more choices.
Any place you travel across this country, there is bound to be a WalMart, or supermarket, or even a well-stocked truck stop that you can visit to re-supply once a week or so.
With a little planning ahead, eating healthy on the road is really no harder than eating healthy at home. Most drivers will have at least a plug-in cooler in their truck to keep perishables cold, and there are many, many, healthy, non-perishable alternatives when it comes to meals.
Forum - Healthy eating for truck drivers
What are some good meals and snack ideas for the road? I realize its not only good for health but also good on the pocket book! So any tips and ideas are welcome!
I was wondering if some veterans wouldn't mind describing HOW they prepare food or even clean up the mess afterwards. Is a Coleman stove an option?
Forum - Speaking About Eating...Anybody Use Long Shelf-life Meals?
There are several companies which make long shelf life foods for heat-and-eat, which are intended for backpackers or survivalists, or just for having an emergency food supply on hand for weather emergencies or natural disasters.
Forum - Iceless Coolers and 12V Coffee Makers
The Coleman brand coolers that plug in will run forever if you occasionally clean the fan and put a couple drops of oil on the bushing. They're not crazy expensive, work great and will hold quite a bit.
Many drivers find ways to prepare their own meals in their vehicle. From simple things like sandwiches to full crockpot meals, there are tons of options to cook healthy, and save money on meals while on the road.
Small appliances that can be used in the truck include microwave ovens, hot plates, frying pans, almost anything that you would find in your average kitchen. For those so inclined, plenty of drivers will carry a portable grill on the road, and cook in the parking lots at truck stops. Kind of like camping, but a lot noisier and smelling like diesel.
Forum - Cooking and eating good on the road
These are simple recipes that don't require a lot of prep or stirring, that's what makes them convenient in the truck. Of course we can do a lot better at home, but I enjoy fixing stuff in the truck, it smells so good while you're going down the road.
Forum - Cooking on the road questions
I have a two burner Coleman stove that runs off of the small 1 pound propane bottles. Is this something that a trucker is allowed to have on a truck? If it is, does anyone use one?
Forum - Trucker diet need help
We have not started trucking yet but one thing we intend on having stocked a lot of will be walnuts, peanuts, cashews and fruit. Some of those nuts help reduce cholesterol. You have to be careful about eating trail mix because it is loaded with calories too.
Keeping healthy snacks (apples, berries, nuts, bars, etc) and nibbling on them while driving will help keep hunger aside. Avoid fatty greasy foods. Subway is an alternative to fast food. You can get a pretty good lunch for 6 bucks.