How Truck Drivers Can Avoid Eating Too Much Junk Food on the Road

Trucks at Truck StopsHave you visited a truck stop lately? If you visit the typical gas station/convenience store, you’re bombarded with salty, sugary snack foods and drinks. You could easily eat nothing but junk food if you wanted to– potato chips, cookies, pastries, Coke/Pepsi, etc. So, how can truck drivers eat healthy on the road?

Lean Meats

If you’re a meat lover, keep in mind that fried meats and hamburgers can pack on pounds. Why not switch over to more lean meats that have been either boiled or baked? Try eating more poultry and fish.

Fresh Fruits and Veggies

What about fresh fruits and vegetables? You could cut up carrots and/or celery and munch on them during the day as a good snack. You could buy some berries and enjoy those, too– tell yourself “blueberries are like M&M’s, but much better for me.” Hey, it could work!

Prioritize Fiber

Fiber-rich foods are “filling foods.” When you want to avoid overeating on the road, fill up on filling foods full of fiber. Choose from raw nuts, beans, brown rice and/or whole grain bread. For instance, instead of using white bread for your peanut butter and jelly sandwich, use whole grain bread. Does this make a big difference in how you feel after the meal? Definitely. That bread is going to satiate you. It’s thick, dense, and nutritious thanks to the whole grains.

Protein Packs

Speaking of peanut butter, try putting that on apple slices or celery sticks. You might also snack on things like trail mix, yogurt (which will help your gut bacteria), hard-boiled eggs (full of protein), and popcorn.

Avoid Drinking too Many Calories

Finally, if you want to “eat healthy” on the road, think about the drinks you consume. Start replacing some of those cans of Coke with bottled water. It’s important to drink a whole lot of water each day because then you won’t become dehydrated. Drinking lots of water helps make you feel full so you’re not as likely to want to overeat.

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