Eating healthy on the road can be challenging. Of course, it is much easier to take a hamburger or hot dog from a fast-food restaurant at a truck stop. Or buy chips and soda from a convenience store. This lifestyle leads to obesity and health problems like heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol. Here are five healthy eating tips for truckers to make daily meals healthier.
Cook and plan your meals
The best way to save on food and eat right is to cook your own meals. Of course, this will take time, but your body will thank you. We advise you to set aside time and cook food for several days at once. Choose meals that do not spoil and stay tasty for a long time, such as meat and vegetables or pasta. A crock-pot can help you with this. While you sleep, it cooks. You can find hundreds of easy-to-follow recipes online.
Eat Healthy Snacks
Give preference to healthy snacks: fresh fruits and vegetables, like carrot sticks or apples with peanut butter, Greek yogurt, beef jerky, nuts, tuna pouch, mozzarella, hard-boiled eggs, dried fruits, hummus with pita crisps, dark chocolate. Not a bad replacement for potato chips and crackers, huh? Just go to the grocery store before hitting the road and stock up on everything you need.
Drink more water
It is very important to stay hydrated because it can affect a driver’s alertness on the road. When choosing a drink, remember that water is always healthier, then pop or juice. Drink a glass of water before each meal. And stay away from energy drinks – they can cause serious health problems. When it comes to coffee, try to limit yourself to 2 cups per day.
Choose Healthy Menu Options
If you decide to “eat out” while on the road, don’t go to fast-food restaurants too often. Steer clear of fried meals, white bread, and salty condiments. Choose grilled meat and fresh or steamed vegetables instead. Ask to replace the high-calorie salad dressing with olive oil or salsa. Don’t be afraid to ask for double or triple vegetables as your side. If you are not sure what to choose, ask your waiter for nutrition information.
Eat More Often
Try to eat lightly or eat smaller portions and more often. When you eat a heavy meal, you need a lot of energy to digest them, and also it leads to blood sugar spikes. It can make you feel sleepy. Eat three to four times per day, for example, two meals and two snacks.
Try to follow these simple tips and your life will change for the better even more than you can imagine.