Healthy Eating For Truck Drivers

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Old School's Comment
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No need for an APU , I use a 350 watt inverter that plugs into the 12 volt power source. It cooks while I'm driving. The truck needs to be running or it's too much of a drain on the batteries.


Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

PR aka Road Hog's Comment
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I use the Nutribullet every day for a smoothie. Its quick to make an easy to clean. I buy bananas apples strawberries blueberries and apples (when I can't get them from home) cut them up and put them into my freezer where I also have a bag of spinach. Makes great nutritious smoothies quickly, and as stated, is super easy to clean. I also carry a small george forman griddle to cook salmon, chicken hamburgers and steak. again, easy to cook and clean. Toss in a microwave, and I can cook just about anything, anywhere. I am usually the envy of the truck stop when drivers see me cooking up a nice filet !!

Eckoh's Comment
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Reading this stuff makes me sad.. cause i want to do it to be as healthy as i can, but Swift does not allow anything bu plug in inverters... i have no clue what i can and cannot run on a 300W plug in inverter.

Larry E.'s Comment
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A refrigerator and a microwave have worked for me. Yogurt and cheese are staples. Fresh fruits and vegies are easy to store. I try to make a WallyWorld stop every 10/2weeks. Sometimes I will get the fruit/vegies at the truck stops, but they tend to be pretty expensive. Because of the flatbed workout, I have some "not so healthy" foods that work for me; Beefaronni and ravioli in the microwave containers. Hormel makes some pretty good single serving meals, too. ChickenBreast, Dressing and Gravy, Beef tips and mashed potatoes in gravy, etc. I only drink water and coffee so I don't have to worry about the extra calories with soda and other drinks. Works for me and this old man metabolism.

As for recipies, StarCar had a whole bunch on another thread. Check out the "womens" section and you may find it. That goes for the guys, too, since Star has lots of good info about a lot of things.

David's Comment
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Reading this stuff makes me sad.. cause i want to do it to be as healthy as i can, but Swift does not allow anything bu plug in inverters... i have no clue what i can and cannot run on a 300W plug in inverter.

I drove for swift my self and know the feeling, But you can get the 12v cig lighter appliance's that will work as Daniel B. had said.. Also, you can look at the bottom of most applience and see what the watts are.. if its under 300watts you shouldnt have much issue running it, I don't know of an appliance that takes less that 400watts though. Maybe a coffee pot....

Now I did purchase a 1000watt battery plug inverter when I was with swift. I put it under my seat and ran it under the chair to the battery posts. and turned it on when I needed it. When ever I went to a swift terminal , I'd dissconnect it. Ran it for 11 months I was there. The only time I ever went to a terminal was when I was heading Home, or had to pick up a load at one. Otherwise I stayed at Rest Areas and truck stops...

I totally agree with Danial B. Stop sodas.. Its the most unhealthy thing to do apart from smoking.... I've got 7 months with no Soda, that hardest part is the first 1-2 weeks. After that it gets easier. I started drinking water, green tea (no surgar), I'll do a Low cal powerade/gatorade sometimes....

There is also the option of doing fresh juice but requires a blender/juicer. I've gotta replace my old one, but its a great way to get fresh veggies/fruits. There's actually a movie on this, call "Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead". Good watch if your interested, I think its still on Netflix or you can find it on youtube as well.

Subway is a good alternative to McD's or any other fast food, just watch for the sauce, they have aton of bad things in em.. Lite may works good and tastes like regular mayo.


A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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