Do Most Truck Stop Restaurants Offer Healthy Meal Choices These Days?

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Oscar Graham III's Comment
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This means low in fat, sodium, artificial sweeteners and sugars.

This means high in protein, starches, fruits and vegetables.

This means full-course meals.

For breakfast I like oatmeal with low/non-fat milk and no butter and sugar. I also like fresh grapefruit. Also, I like shredded potatoes fried in a PAM-coated pan, scrambled eggs and lean fried ham.

For lunch I like salads with salad mix, non-fat plain yogurt, a tablespoon of real mayonnaise and canned chicken. Sometimes, I like sardines in water with my salad and steak sauce as a dressing mixed with plain yogurt.

For dinner, it is spaghetti of Stroganoff made with 7% fat beef and non-fat plain yogurt to replace sour cream in Stroganoff. I grille skinless breast chicken. My pasta sauce has to be low fat and low or no sugar. I do use barbecue sauce on grilled meats. I like vegetables as spinach, green beans, carrots. For starches I like white rice, Spanish rice, pasta or refried beans. I use low sodium soy sauce on rice.

It would be nice if truck stop restaurants would offer lean/low sodium/low-sugar healthy-choice menus.

Are truck stops non-smoking as well? I don't smoke.

If I were to become an over-the-road driver, I would not want to be burdened with cooking my own meals. The job is tough enough as it is and personal time is precious. I would like to rather spend my downtime sleeping or working out to stay fit.

I like bottled water and juice drinks made with 100% fruit juice diluted down with 75% bottled water. I don't drink water from a tap or fountain.

For deserts I like smoothies (super low-cal shakes) made with low/non-fat milk, frozen or fresh fruit as strawberries or pineapple and a splash of imitation or real vanilla. Smoothies is something that may be made in a sleeper unit easily with a power inverter and an Osterizer.

Tastebuds's Comment
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This means low in fat, sodium, artificial sweeteners and sugars.

This means high in protein, starches, fruits and vegetables.

This means full-course meals.

For breakfast I like oatmeal with low/non-fat milk and no butter and sugar. I also like fresh grapefruit. Also, I like shredded potatoes fried in a PAM-coated pan, scrambled eggs and lean fried ham.

For lunch I like salads with salad mix, non-fat plain yogurt, a tablespoon of real mayonnaise and canned chicken. Sometimes, I like sardines in water with my salad and steak sauce as a dressing mixed with plain yogurt.

For dinner, it is spaghetti of Stroganoff made with 7% fat beef and non-fat plain yogurt to replace sour cream in Stroganoff. I grille skinless breast chicken. My pasta sauce has to be low fat and low or no sugar. I do use barbecue sauce on grilled meats. I like vegetables as spinach, green beans, carrots. For starches I like white rice, Spanish rice, pasta or refried beans. I use low sodium soy sauce on rice.

It would be nice if truck stop restaurants would offer lean/low sodium/low-sugar healthy-choice menus.

Are truck stops non-smoking as well? I don't smoke.

If I were to become an over-the-road driver, I would not want to be burdened with cooking my own meals. The job is tough enough as it is and personal time is precious. I would like to rather spend my downtime sleeping or working out to stay fit.

I like bottled water and juice drinks made with 100% fruit juice diluted down with 75% bottled water. I don't drink water from a tap or fountain.

For deserts I like smoothies (super low-cal shakes) made with low/non-fat milk, frozen or fresh fruit as strawberries or pineapple and a splash of imitation or real vanilla. Smoothies is something that may be made in a sleeper unit easily with a power inverter and an Osterizer.

Yeah, it's called Subway. And they are everywhere. And by everywhere, I mean everydamnwhere! I wish truck stops would realize there are other subshops than Subway. That and Arby's, I'm sick of both of them.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Jeez, you Americans are so blessed. We have our own list of things we like and don't like and things we simply won't eat or drink meanwhile my relatives in Ukraine would fall on their knees to beg for raw potatoes.

It'll be difficult to eat like a king every day especially if you're not the one cooking it. However, if you do eat as you like then you probably won't be bringing any money home because you'll be spending your entire paycheck on food.

Oscar Graham III's Comment
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This means low in fat, sodium, artificial sweeteners and sugars.

This means high in protein, starches, fruits and vegetables.

This means full-course meals.

For breakfast I like oatmeal with low/non-fat milk and no butter and sugar. I also like fresh grapefruit. Also, I like shredded potatoes fried in a PAM-coated pan, scrambled eggs and lean fried ham.

For lunch I like salads with salad mix, non-fat plain yogurt, a tablespoon of real mayonnaise and canned chicken. Sometimes, I like sardines in water with my salad and steak sauce as a dressing mixed with plain yogurt.

For dinner, it is spaghetti of Stroganoff made with 7% fat beef and non-fat plain yogurt to replace sour cream in Stroganoff. I grille skinless breast chicken. My pasta sauce has to be low fat and low or no sugar. I do use barbecue sauce on grilled meats. I like vegetables as spinach, green beans, carrots. For starches I like white rice, Spanish rice, pasta or refried beans. I use low sodium soy sauce on rice.

It would be nice if truck stop restaurants would offer lean/low sodium/low-sugar healthy-choice menus.

Are truck stops non-smoking as well? I don't smoke.

If I were to become an over-the-road driver, I would not want to be burdened with cooking my own meals. The job is tough enough as it is and personal time is precious. I would like to rather spend my downtime sleeping or working out to stay fit.

I like bottled water and juice drinks made with 100% fruit juice diluted down with 75% bottled water. I don't drink water from a tap or fountain.

For deserts I like smoothies (super low-cal shakes) made with low/non-fat milk, frozen or fresh fruit as strawberries or pineapple and a splash of imitation or real vanilla. Smoothies is something that may be made in a sleeper unit easily with a power inverter and an Osterizer.

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Yeah, it's called Subway. And they are everywhere. And by everywhere, I mean everydamnwhere! I wish truck stops would realize there are other subshops than Subway. That and Arby's, I'm sick of both of them.

Ok, what about Jimmy John's? I like their sandwiches and they seem to be sensible healthier choices than hamburgers and fries.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Oscar Graham III's Comment
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Jeez, you Americans are so blessed. We have our own list of things we like and don't like and things we simply won't eat or drink meanwhile my relatives in Ukraine would fall on their knees to beg for raw potatoes.

It'll be difficult to eat like a kind every day especially if you're not the one cooking it. However, if you do eat as you like then you probably won't be bringing any money home because you'll be spending your entire paycheck on food.

No, my per diem should pretty much cover eating three hot squares, or one cold square for lunch, out daily even at places with healthy menu choices.

To cook the things I normally eat at home, I need a chest freezer, a full-size refrigerator, a blender, a toaster, a large microwave, Tupperware, a cheese grater, a gas or electric range stove and oven and a Weber gas grille. Not the normal food-service facilities the OTR driver will normally have access to all across the fruited plain. As well as a sink with running hot water, an automatic dishwasher, cupboards, spice racks: I mean a full-on household kitchen. Is their any reason under the sun that restaurants normally frequented by the OTR drivers cannot offer sensible menu choices? Can they not spray the skillet with PAM if the customer asks for it instead of drowning hash browns in oil? Can they not stock LEAN ham and LEAN ground beef? Why do these industries poison drivers with fat, sugar, calories and cholesterol? I wish the federal government would mandate that all truck stop restaurants offer healthy meal choices. Can this fat-slob image of big-rig drivers that the American food industry perpetuates ever end?

Of course, fresh fruit like grapefruit halves can be easily packed along inside the rig. I am sure the rig will have provisions for milk in the fridge. I have a bunch of Coleman coolers too.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Per Diem:

Getting paid per diem means getting a portion of your salary paid to you without taxes taken out. It's technically classified as a meal and expense reimbursement.

Truck drivers and others who travel for a living get large tax deductions for meal expenses. The Government set up per diem pay as a way to reimburse some of the taxes you pay with each paycheck instead of making you wait until tax filing season.

Getting per diem pay means a driver will get a larger paycheck each week but a smaller tax return at tax time.

We have a ton of information on our wiki page on per diem pay

Oscar Graham III's Comment
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Jeez, you Americans are so blessed. We have our own list of things we like and don't like and things we simply won't eat or drink meanwhile my relatives in Ukraine would fall on their knees to beg for raw potatoes.

It'll be difficult to eat like a kind every day especially if you're not the one cooking it. However, if you do eat as you like then you probably won't be bringing any money home because you'll be spending your entire paycheck on food.

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No, my per diem should pretty much cover eating three hot squares, or one cold square for lunch, out daily even at places with healthy menu choices.

To cook the things I normally eat at home, I need a chest freezer, a full-size refrigerator, a blender, a toaster, a large microwave, Tupperware, a cheese grater, a gas or electric range stove and oven and a Weber gas grille. Not the normal food-service facilities the OTR driver will normally have access to all across the fruited plain. As well as a sink with running hot water, an automatic dishwasher, cupboards, spice racks: I mean a full-on household kitchen. Is their any reason under the sun that restaurants normally frequented by the OTR drivers cannot offer sensible menu choices? Can they not spray the skillet with PAM if the customer asks for it instead of drowning hash browns in oil? Can they not stock LEAN ham and LEAN ground beef? Why do these industries poison drivers with fat, sugar, calories and cholesterol? I wish the federal government would mandate that all truck stop restaurants offer healthy meal choices. Can this fat-slob image of big-rig drivers that the American food industry perpetuates ever end?

Of course, fresh fruit like grapefruit halves can be easily packed along inside the rig. I am sure the rig will have provisions for milk in the fridge. I have a bunch of Coleman coolers too.

My doctor has me on a strict diet.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Per Diem:

Getting paid per diem means getting a portion of your salary paid to you without taxes taken out. It's technically classified as a meal and expense reimbursement.

Truck drivers and others who travel for a living get large tax deductions for meal expenses. The Government set up per diem pay as a way to reimburse some of the taxes you pay with each paycheck instead of making you wait until tax filing season.

Getting per diem pay means a driver will get a larger paycheck each week but a smaller tax return at tax time.

We have a ton of information on our wiki page on per diem pay

Oscar Graham III's Comment
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I just thought of something else!

Perhaps a weight-conscious driver could also pack his big cooler full of Lean Cuisine and Weight Watchers frozen meals and conveniently pop them into the sleeper mic! Just need napkins and plastic silverware. Nothing to wash or get dirty. Throw disposable trays in garbage.

Those Hungry Man dinners are about 70% fat in calories. I do read food labels.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Oscar, your posts remind me of some recent folks who've been in here. Everything they posted were researching into the reasons why they did not want to be a truck driver. You've now gone from your distaste for the modern shapes of our trucks to the excessive proportion of fats in our foods. And you even went so far as to worrying about the way our foot pedals are shaped in our trucks. You seem to be either happily unemployed, or just amusing yourself by trolling trucking forums.

Which one is it?

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Can this fat-slob image of big-rig drivers that the American food industry perpetuates ever end?

Wait a minute. You're the one that said your doctor has you on a strict diet. What's your current fitness level?

Is their any reason under the sun that restaurants normally frequented by the OTR drivers cannot offer sensible menu choices?

They do. No one is going to hold a gun to your head and force feed you cheeseburgers. Get a salad or go to Subway. Go to the grocery store and stock your cooler with the stuff you'd like. You'll have that option. A lot of people do it. There are truck drivers that run marathons and compete in athletic competitions of all sorts. When I was on the road I went running all the time and had a set of dumbbells with me. I ran as hard as anyone out there but I always found time for that stuff.

If you're serious about being healthy it's totally doable. It's not any more difficult on the road than it is at home. You're going to have a super tight schedule that changes from day to day so you'll have to learn how to squeeze in workouts and find healthy meal choices.

Didn't we just have a former military guy in here recently with an equally long list of highly particular demands? I remember someone even saying they sounded awful fragile and picky for a former military guy.

Here's the reality of what truckers get. They get a box with a mattress in it and two cigarette plugs for power to call home, and a work week on paper that's 70 hours, but in reality is closer to 100. What you make of it is what you'll get from it. For some it's a dream, for many it's a nightmare. But no one stocks their coolers with rich people food or sprays low-fat PAM on their skillet by special request or custom-fabricates throttle pedals to your specs.

To be honest, the longer the list of particulars a person has the shorter their stay will be in this industry, if they ever take a shot at it at all, which I'm sure most do not. I'm not saying you shouldn't want to pursue a healthy lifestyle. I do myself. But when you're scrutinizing the length of various throttle pedals amongst manufacturers and analyzing the fat content of the available skillet sprays available upon special request you don't exactly come across like someone who could handle a job like this, not even for a week.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Oscar, your posts remind me of some recent folks who've been in here. Everything they posted were researching into the reasons why they did not want to be a truck driver. You've now gone from your distaste for the modern shapes of our trucks to the excessive proportion of fats in our foods. And you even went so far as to worrying about the way our foot pedals are shaped in our trucks. You seem to be either happily unemployed, or just amusing yourself by trolling trucking forums.

Which one is it?

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I was typing the same thing while you made your reply. This has to be the same guy in a new disguise, or he has a soul mate out there he hasn't met yet.

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