Are you in need of better travel lunch ideas? Here’s our best healthy trucker travel lunch recipe.
Because I know you know you need to make healthy changes. You know you have to head out on the road. And you know you need to eat. But yet how do you make changes? Where do you start? What do you make? What do you eat?
It’s all so confusing at times I know. The moment I want to change something in my own life my old self would get instantly overwhelmed and see a mountain. All I would notice is obstacles, and talk myself out of the simple solutions right in front of me because I was programmed to only see struggle.
And when it comes to food, health, and changes I know many can relate.
I like to approach anything one step at a time. One box checked on my check list at a time. For some it works to just bulldoze down their old life, habits and choices and replace the with new ones. However, I caution you to this only because without the necessary insight as to why you ended up there in the first place you could find yourself faced with more unnecessary struggle.
O.K. now lets talk food.
As a truck driver I get it, you are on the road, limited resources, limited time, and plenty of unhealthy food options. In a recent conversation with TA-Petro they shared with me that their StayFit meals are of the lowest bought food items in their stores.
So that means one of two things: one, you aren’t buying them because you don’t like them; two, you aren’t buying them because you are cooking on your truck.
And quite possibly there is a third, fourth and tenth reason, but that is not the point. The point is. We need to change that. And since truck stops aren’t going to be changing anytime soon. That means you need to make the change. And that means you have to supply yourself with healthy, fueling, delicious food options so you don’t walk into the truck stops hungry and hangry.
Quinoa is one of my FAVORITE food options. It tastes good, it’s super easy to make, it’s filling, and fueling because it’s packed with nutrients.
But don’t take my word for it. The Medical News Today posted an article talking about the health benefits and nutritional components of quinoa and it is amazing!
They stated that:
“Quinoa is naturally gluten-free. One cup of cooked quinoa, weighing 185 grams (g), contains:
- 222 calories
- 8.14 g of protein
- 5.2 g of fiber
- 3.55 g of fat, of which 0.42 g is saturated
- 39.4 g of carbohydrate
- Magnesium – 30 percent recommended daily allowance (RDA)
- Manganese – 30 percent RDA
- Folate – 19 percent RDA
- Phosphorous – 28 percent RDA
- Copper – 18 percent RDA
- Iron – 15 percent RDA
- Zinc – 13 percent RDA
- Potassium – 9 percent RDA
- One cup also contains more than 10 percent of the RDA of the vitamins B-1, B-2, and B-6, and traces of vitamin E, B3, and calcium.
- Additionally, quinoa contains a healthy dose of fatty acids”
And that is just it! You need fuel. REAL fuel to super charge that temple of a body of yours. And sugary snacks, energy drinks, and potato wedges just aren’t going to cut it.
So to help make your life a little bit easier here is a SUPER EASY and QUICK recipe you can make at home and travel with while out on the road!
Healthy Meal Prep Ideas
Pair the quinoa with grilled chicken breast, or lean turkey, or even salmon and you are on your way to a delicious meal.
Cool Quinoa Salad Recipe for a Great Travel Lunch:
- 1-2 cups left over or cooked quinoa
- chopped broccoli (steamed lightly if desired)
- tea seed oil or extra virgin olive oil
- fresh, diced garlic
- salt (to taste)
- black pepper (to taste)
- non-fortified nutritional yeast (if desired, I love this it’s like a cheese topping)
- optional: shredded carrots, chopped peppers, greens, or fresh fruit or onions, cumin, turmeric
Mix all ingredients together and pre-pack serving size containers for travel lunch success.
Super easy and super simple healthy truckers lunch for on the go healthy eating!
And remember, anything new can be scary, hard and confusing. But Mother Trucker Yoga has your back (literally). Take it one day, one meal at a time and before you know it you will be read to go with the right fuel and right focus because you are what you eat. Or better yet, you are what you digest.
For more recipes like this check out Karen Urbanek’s Rawality Recipe Book