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Choosing Healthy Fuel on the Road

Choosing Healthy Fuel On The Road

Choosing healthy fuel for your body is hard for anyone. It is even harder for truck drivers who are constantly on the road for days or even weeks at a time.

Eating healthy starts with you saying to yourself, “I can do this.” It’s mind over matter.

Sure, it’s easy to stop at a diner, truck stop, or fast food restaurant to grab a bite to eat.  These places are quick and convenient AND they are EVERYWHERE! However, the majority of food at these places is high in calories, fat, and sodium–none of the things that are going to help you improve your health. Not only is this food pretty unhealthy, but it can also be expensive, too!

The good news is that YOU have the ability to choose what you put into your body. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated–it’s just a matter of choosing the RIGHT FOODS and a little planning. 

These FIVE snack ideas require a minimal amount or no preparation time at all. They are perfect for the busy trucker who is constantly on the road. 

 

1. Fruit

 

The possibilities are endless:

  • Apples
  • bananas
  • oranges
  • grapes
  • berries

Some fruit may require extra storage or preparation, however, it’s a super simple option that is readily available at most rest stops. And when you are worried about sugar, remember “berries are best”. 

 

2. Vegetables

 

Vegetables are super easy options that require little to no prep time.

  • Carrots
  • celery
  • cucumbers
  • cherry tomatoes
  • peppers

Adding hummus to the mix also gives you an extra boost of protein which will help keep you feeling full for a longer period of time. 

 

3. Hard-Boiled Eggs

 

Before you’re about to head out on the road, boil some eggs, peel them once they cool, and then wrap them in plastic wrap before putting them into a container. Right before it’s time to leave, load the container up with ice and throw it into a cooler. It’s that easy! BONUS: Don’t want to make them yourself? No worries. Most truck stops sell pre-cooked eggs in their refrigerated section.

 

4. Mixed Nuts

 

Nuts are nutritional powerhouses are packed with heart-healthy fats, protein, vitamins, and minerals. The best part: most places sell nuts that are pre-packaged and ready to go! No prep necessary! And when possible look for raw, and watch the salt content in some mixes.

 

5. Protein/Energy Bars

 

Choose a brand that has whole grains, is high in protein and fiber, has a low amount of sugar and is in the moderate calorie range. Protein/Energy bars are available almost anywhere you stop so they are another great grab and go option! Stay away from brands like Cliff or Luna as they are made with soy. We love Enduro Bites made in Colorado, and SoLo Glycemic Nutrition Bar, and my favorite the GFB – Gluten Free Bar

 

Choosing healthy food on the road takes practice, but the benefits are definitely worth it! 

 

Here are some other great recipes for you to try!

Healthy and Simple Recipes for Truckers

The Best Healthy Trucker Travel Lunch Recipe

The Best Granola Recipe: Truckers Travel Breakfast

Egg in a Basket (Egg in an Avocado)

Easy Mongolian Beef Made on the Truck

Granola Recipe Mother Trucker Yoga

The Best Granola Recipe: Truckers Travel Breakfast

Grab me some granola! It can be challenging to find health snacks, let alone a health breakfast. Well have no fear. My good friend Karen Urbanek who just so happens to have written an entire cookbook on health eating with a focus on raw, fresh, and delicious.

Now don’t go running. No one expects you to become a vegan and hug trees. But her knowledge about how the body works and what foods fuel you and what foods don’t it insane! Like totally insane!

And when she says she’s cooking, the entire town (no joke) comes running.

But you don’t have time to run over to her house in Utah I’m pretty sure and I wish I did, but I don’t either. I thought a good second place would be sharing her recipe for ZuZu’s Apple Cinnamon Seedy Granola.

I have to say, having tried this before, it is delicious! And SUPER easy to make yourself. And is perfect for travel.

But don’t take my word for it, try it yourself.

Mother Trucker Yoga Granola Recipe

ZuZu’s Apple Cinnamon Seedy Granola:

  • 1/2 cup pure cane sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey or agave
  • 9 cups organic gluten free oats
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup dried apple
  • 3/4 tablespoon cinnamon
  1. Heat sugar and honey/agave until dissolved.
  2. Mix all ingredients together.
  3. Bake in roaster pan at 180 degrees for 2 hours stirring every 15 minutes.

And that is it!

Not only are these ingredients every grocery store has. But it is also super easy! And I love easy! And I love simple. Most importantly, I love good!

Chomp on this as a roadside snack.

Sprinkle this on yogurt (I love coconut yogurt) or grab a cup of fruit from the truck stop and mix it together.

Remember every little change you make adds up. And that is the truth!

But at Mother Trucker Yoga we understand that making any change can be challenging. So to make it easier consider keeping a food journal to help you track what you are eating. Because you can’t change what you don’t yet know exists.

Try out this easy recipe and let us know how you like it! And most importantly share out this recipe with fellow trucker or make some for them and share in the enjoyment of eating it together.