5 Tips On How Truckers Can Cook And Eat Healthy On The Road
For new drivers, life on the road can be an adjustment. One question we often get from students at our trucking school is about eating and how that all works on the road. Fast food can be tempting and easy but the costs add up, both on your health and wallet.
Here are 5 tips put together by our veteran truckers for drivers looking to eat healthier and even cook while on the road.
1. Get some good plastic or glass containers. Ditch the cheap throw-away ones and invest in some solid pieces. You’ll use them more often and they can be used as bowls, plates, or even cups when needed. And don’t forget to bring utensils! Stay hydrated with a solid, refillable water bottle. Water will help reduce muscle cramps that can be caused by too much soda or coffee, plus you’re cutting back on cost and saving plastic by bringing your own.
2. Bring a steamer. A steamer or crock pot can plug right in with a power inverter and can be used to cook rice, vegetables or even simple crock pot recipes. Before you depart just add in your ingredients, throw in some spices and you’re on your way to a fresh meal. The general rule of thumb is two cups of water to cook 1 cup of dry rice.
3. Look for Farmer’s Markets. Many truck stops now offer Farmer’s Markets where you can buy seasonal produce like fresh fruits and vegetables. Often times you may see DOT dynamic messaging signs alerting you when there’s a Farmer’s Market at an approaching rest area. If you’re driving OTR this is a fun way to check out local, seasonal foods from across the USA!
4. Plan ahead. What can you make ahead of time to bring along? Hard boiled eggs, cheese, flour tortillas, peanut butter, unsalted nuts all make for great items that are simple to store and can add to your meals on the road or provide a snack along the way. If you like tuna, get the ones in foil packets rather than a can because they’re easier to open and don’t require you to bring a can opener.
5. Make use of your fridge and/or microwave. Many trucks with a sleeper berth will have a microwave and/or refrigerator. If they’re available to you then take advantage or search for an updated list of top ranked car cooler bags online. For a more DIY approach, one graduate recently showed us his ice-filled cooler kept seat belted to the passenger seat, complete with drainage hose and water release valve to drain away melting ice.
Remember, you get out of your body what you put in. Eating healthy on the truck is a choice, just like it is at home. Eat more vegetables and fruits, and less fast food, salted meats and deep fried food and your body will thank you for it.