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Truck Stop Food 101: How to Eat Healthy on the Road

Real Truckers understand that truck stops can often be an oasis along the long, open road. From the moment you hear that familiar chime as you enter through the doors, you’re bombarded with thousands of options – some healthy and some not so healthy.

The next time you find yourself perusing the fluorescent-lit aisles, consider these tips to making a delicious and nutritious decision:


The most important meal of the day, truck stops offer a plethora of quick and simple breakfast options. While it may be tempting to reach for the frozen breakfast burritos or sandwiches, instant oatmeal or fresh fruit can provide the same satisfaction with significantly less calories.


Whether you’re making a midday stop or stocking up for the future, opt for lighter items such as beef jerky, string cheese, or a pre-packaged chicken Caesar salad. Heavier options, such as hot dogs or tacos, can leave you feeling drained and often burn out of your system quickly.


It’s the end of the day and the neon sign of the truck stop’s diner is calling your name. Greasy spoons may have earned their name for a reason; however, healthy choices can still be found. Choosing baked or grilled chicken over fried and mixed vegetables over potatoes and other starches can eliminate that post-dinner guilt with fewer fat and calories.


Need a quick pick-me-up? Instead of grabbing a bag of potato chips or chocolate bar, go for a protein bar or pretzels and hummus. Both are a great source of protein and nutrients.


While water is always the healthiest option, flavored teas and sparkling waters are a significantly better choice than sugary soft drinks and bottled coffees.

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