4 Healthy Snack Ideas For Truck Drivers On The Road

  • Mar 15, 2017

Staying healthy while on the road working for a trucking company can be a challenge. With easy access to a variety of fast food restaurants, gas stations, and other stops, it can be hard to resist temptation. That is why it’s smart to plan ahead and keep healthier snacks on hand for your journey. Not only will you find yourself stopping less, but you’ll find yourself fuller and with more energy. Here are a few easy snack ideas to help you get started.

1. Munch On Fruit And Veggies

Pack a cooler to keep snacks fresh. Cauliflower, broccoli, and baby carrots are easy to munch on while hauling TL freight. Avoid anything that bruises easily, such as a banana, unless you plan to eat it right away. Skip produce that may stain if you drop it, like cherry tomatoes or berries. Other good choices include celery sticks, radishes, yellow cherries (to avoid stains), clementines, and apples. Not a fan of veggies without dip? Pack little store cups such as ranch, guacamole, or hummus. Smoothies are also a great way to get your fruits and veggies while on the road.

2. Fit More Protein Into Your Diet

Protein is a great way to fill you up while giving you plenty of energy for your trip. Some great protein ideas include:

Natural Jerky (without additives)

Cheese Sticks

Hard-Boiled Eggs

Cheese and Crackers

Nut Butter Packets

Energy Bars

Almonds or Other Nuts

Yogurt

Canned Tuna (look for pull-tab)

3. Choose Healthier Pre-Packaged Snacks

Craving something salty? Go for a bag of pretzels over chips. Consider low sodium pretzels, since these snacks often contain too much salt. Granola and nut bars can be also be a healthy way to fill up, but check the label to make sure they aren’t too high in sugar. Popcorn is another great alternative as long as you avoid the unhealthy extras such as extra butter, cheese, or caramel.

4. Make Healthy Drink Choices

While it’s tempting to grab a soda while on the road, plan with healthier choices such as water, coconut water or flavored seltzer water. Need a caffeine boost? Keep coffee limited and black. Avoid juices and carbonated drinks high in sugar. If you need the occasional caffeinated or energy drink, choose low-sugar versions whenever possible.

5. Eat Fast And Smart

If you choose fast food as a snack, consider healthier options at your favorite restaurants. Avoid empty calories and greasy foods when possible, since they will only make you feel sluggish later. Getting a meal but still want to choose healthy? Many places now offer side salads as an alternative to French fries. Pay attention to nutrition labels to choose foods low in fat and sugar and high in protein.

If you are still feeling overwhelmed about the notion of packing snacks when you already have a full truckload, try planning dry snacks a week ahead and fresh snacks the day before. Consider purchasing dry snacks, such as granola bars, in bulk so that you can make them last longer. With a little extra prep time, you’ll soon find yourself eating healthier and feeling better while on the road!

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