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Convenience and sustenance may be the second most important factors for traveling people, placing safety as the first. Here’s where ‘food on the go’ takes place. To truckers, fast food can easily become a part of their daily diet. On the other hand, truck stop food may be higher than regular restaurants. They offer buffets and menu items, but sometimes aren't usually worth ordering.

For a dollar or two, you can choose the buffet and have dozens of choices for breakfast, lunch, or dinner but what you want is a healthy diet which consists of nutritious foods to fuel your body to perform to it's natural duties efficiently.

So, what do you pack for, say, a minimum of 24 hours between departing from home and arriving to your next semi-permanent location?

Here’s a list of nutritious food easy to prepare and can actually fill you faster. I'd love to hear your suggestions so please include your list after this post.

  • - granola bars
  • - whole apples
  • - dried fruit - raisins in the box, homemade dried apples, cherries, banana chips, and fruit leathers
  • - zucchini bread muffins
  • - frozen grapes
  • - goldfish crackers, animal crackers
  • - string cheese
  • - yogurt covered raisins

Truck drivers usually miss out on weekday family meals, but there’s still a great way for them to enjoy the same homemade meals as the rest of the family. You can bring frozen meals such as buffalo chicken wings, Mexican casserole topped with crushed tortilla chips, meatloaf, and homemade soup.

You can actually save about $60 to $100 a week if you avoid truck stop food and prepare anything you can buy frozen, you can make yourself, breakfast sandwiches and breakfast bowls.


Refrigeration Options
Not all trucks are large enough to accommodate a small refrigerator but you can use an electric cooler to keep your meals cold.

Bring easy to defrost and reheat foods; items like Kraft Easy Mac, cans of pasta, individual serving size Hamburger Helper meals, and Ramen noodles. These are quick and easy meals and they're much more reasonable than fast food or truck stop meals.

Semi-disposable plastic containers that are washable and freezable are also great to store your homemade meals. Look in the plastic wrap aisle of your local grocery store. They may come in all sizes.

If your into fresh bread, you can use a 12 volt lunchbox-style cooker or sandwich maker. Put a loaf pan inside, fill it with refrigerated biscuits, and cook it for about 45 minutes.

For a company driver, the cost of food and clothing may be the biggest expenses. So, we are constantly re-inventing ways for meal preparation and food recipes. It is still smart to be conscious and careful when it comes to food. It’s hard to eat healthy while on the road, but your life and performance may depend on it.

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Updated 11-08-2012 at 04:32 AM by Marie

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  1. Cabo1013's Avatar
    That is the one thing about going on the road that I am most concerned about... Eating healthy and staying in shape. Thanks for some insight on this, found this post helpful.
  2. Marie's Avatar
    Thanks for your feedback, Cabo1013. You might want to share your favorite homemade meals or a recipe, perhaps. And by the way, fruits are ideal, too, for they can fill you faster.
  3. pappy's Avatar
    smoking meats when you are home and keeping refrigerated in your truck can really make a difference and you can eat cold or heat it up smoked pork chops are great and make a good snack also cold or hot
  4. Marie's Avatar
    Thank you for the additional tip, pappy.

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