Choosing healthy snacks on the road can be a tedious task. From over-processed snacks at truck stops to greasy fast food, finding a healthy snack that also tastes good may seem impossible. However, eating healthy on the road is imperative to living a long, happy life as a commercial truck driver, and it is not at challenging as it may seem. Here are some great, healthy options for snacks on the go.
You may not find a surplus of raw, crunchy vegetables at your usual truck stops. However, you can count on any grocery store along your route to have a variety of vegetables for you to snack on. Easy, on-the-go vegetables include baby carrots, celery sticks or broccoli. If those aren’t your favorites, don’t worry. There are plenty of other nutritious options out there.
If raw veggies on their own isn’t your thing, try dipping them in some hummus. Hummus is a great source of protein, fiber and antioxidants, and with yummy flavors like chipotle and roasted garlic, hummus is the perfect way to liven up your snack. Try hummus with carrots, sliced bell peppers, or even some pita chips for a healthy snack.
Fruits are another excellent snack for the road. They are packed with important antioxidants and vitamins, and they can give you the boost you need to get through a long drive. Many grocery stores and even truck stops offer pre-cut and washed fruit cups for easy snacks on the go, and just about every gas station has bananas and apples on hand. Just be careful not to purchase fruit cups packed in sugar syrup. Fruit is plenty sweet on its own without the added sugar and extra calories to weigh you down. Try snacking on a fresh apple to give yourself a boost of energy or have some watermelon to stay hydrated on the road.
Jerky can be a satisfying and tasty snack on the road when you are craving something savory and are limited to a truck stop. However, be sure to choose a healthy jerky that is low in sodium and sugar. A good rule of thumb is to choose jerky with less than 500g of sodium and 5g of added sugar per serving. Even if you are a little on the picky side, you should still have plenty of jerky to choose from.
Boiled eggs are a great snack for the road because they are high in protein, filling, and easy to eat; just be sure to keep them cool while traveling. Peel your boiled eggs ahead of time and keep them in a cooler on the road. If boiled eggs are a little bland, liven them up by adding hummus or avocados.
When you just want a healthy, filling, and easy option to store in the truck at all times, there is nothing wrong with stocking up on protein shakes. You can buy protein shakes in powder form to simply mix with water, or you can buy the shakes pre-bottled for easy access. Protein drinks can also provide you with many essential proteins, vitamins, and minerals that will keep you healthy on the road and may otherwise be difficult to get.
Snack bars can either be a great, healthy snack or a secret source of sugar and fat. If you choose the right bar, they can be a great source of protein, keep you full between meals, and maybe even satisfy your sweet tooth with honey and berries. However, there are some bars on the market that might as well be candy bars with all of the sugar and fat they have packed in. Be sure to choose bars that are high in protein and nutrients and low in sugar and fat.
This may not be a snack or even a food but drinking plenty of water can be a great way to stay healthy, energized and full. It may be tempting to avoid water while driving long distances because it will cause more frequent bathroom stops. However, allowing your body to become dehydrated by limiting water all day will cause you to become drowsy and fatigued. Being dehydrated can even cause you to start craving sweets and junk food. Instead, be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day and snack on fruits that are high in water content. This will keep you hydrated and keep your sugar cravings in check.
Healthy Habits for Truck Drivers
Staying healthy and energized on the road can be a challenge, but you should take the time to pack nutritious snacks and meals before you head out on your next trip. In addition to eating better, try implementing exercises and stretches into your driving routine as well. Start making your health a priority, and you will feel happier, have more energy, and enjoy a better quality of life every day.