Staying healthy on the road can be tough for a trucker, but the Real Truckers community is here to help! Spending hundred of hours on the road can lead to increased blood pressure, high blood sugar and abnormal cholesterol levels. The healthier you are, the better you will feel after a long haul and the more energy you will have during your time off. Here are five foods that are available at most truck stops that will help you feel better, stay on the road more and make more money.
Popcorn is actually a pretty healthy snack that most truckers have easy access to during their hauls. Be sure to leave off the butter, cheese, caramel and other toppings that add on calories, fats and oils. Popcorn is also a good food to help prevent issues with your bones, cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
Hummus – great for truckers with allergies!
The main ingredient in hummus (chickpeas) is a great source of protein, fiber and antioxidants. Most of the time hummus is gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free, so it is a great option for truckers with special diets. Hummus comes in several flavors and are great with vegetables or pretzels.
Sunflower, Pumpkin and Chia Seeds
If you enjoy snacking on the road, sunflower seeds contain high levels of vitamin E, which can help those nagging injuries from swelling up when you’re on the road. Sunflowers seeds also help with the nagging effects of arthritis. Pumpkin seeds improve your insulin levels and help with the effects of diabetes.
Chia seeds absorb water and expand in your stomach, making you feel fuller. Be sure to monitor your serving sizes of these seeds, they are full of fiber.
Beef jerky has been a popular snack for decades, but all beef jerky is not good for you. Many brands you have heard of are filled with bad ingredients. Newer brands are made of all-natural, grass-fed beef. When made from natural ingredients, beef jerky can be a good source of protein and contain heart-healthy ingredients.
Rather than choosing fruit-flavored yogurt which adds extra sugar, grab a low- or non-fat plain yogurt. It's a good source of vitamin B-12, which may help prevent symptoms of depression. If you need some extra flavor, try adding fresh berries or granola. Real Truckers is here to help you succeed on the road and we know snacking can be expensive. Reach out to our friends at Drive Logistics to learn how to become an owner operator and make more money.