For some reason, there’s just something about being on the road that makes you want to snack. And we’re not talking about stopping for lunch at a restaurant or grabbing a sandwich and coffee at a gas station. We mean full on SNACKS: Chips, soda, ice cream bars, licorice – the list goes on and on.
Of course, when you go on road-trips once or twice a year, you can get away with this kind of junk food binge. But when road-trips are, in fact, your Monday-thru-Friday, nine-to-five gig, your health and well-being just can’t handle the same type of eating habits. In other words, if you plan to embrace the trucking lifestyle, your snacking has to change.
Thankfully, there’s plenty of healthy, tasty treats out there. Read on to learn about how you can satisfy your snack cravings without deteriorating your health.
Apples, bananas, assorted berries, and whatever else suits your fancy. Fruit is nature’s candy, and the truth is, the more you eat it, the more you realize how much better it actually tastes over prepackaged junk food. Of course, fruit is also full of vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber, all of which will help you feel like your best self while on the road.
Low calorie and carb intake, high protein and big flavor: jerky offers truck drivers an excellent snack that’s quick, easy, and filling. Jerky also comes in a variety of meats: beef, turkey, venison, and buffalo are just a few to name. It’s important to note that jerky is typically high in sodium, so if you love this snack, make sure you hydrate accordingly.
Not only do they come in a variety of flavors, but cheese sticks are also easy to eat, packed with protein, and can keep you well-satiated while on the road. They can be high in saturated fats, so look for the low-fat options and make cheese a small part of your overall snacking each day.
Baby Carrots and Sliced Bell Peppers
Sure, these might not be the best-tasting items on the list, but they’re not bad either, and they’re great sources of fiber and various vitamins and minerals. They generally come prewashed, peeled, and ready to eat, and they’re an easy way to make sure you’re getting vegetables into your diet each day.
Nuts have lately been labeled superfoods – and for good reasons. High in healthy fats, vitamins, and fiber, they’ve been proven to aid in overall health. Cashews and almonds rate highest in health benefits, and though they’re better for you in their raw form, roasted nuts are still nutritious. Be sure to look for the lightly salted options.
If you’re a truck driver, snacking is inevitable. It’s possible, however, to avoid the all-too-normal pitfalls of junk food binging while on the road. Try out the foods above and let us know what you think!