Healthy Snacks for Truckers
by Apex Capital | September 9, 2013
Tired of always pulling over and grabbing fast food when your stomach starts rumbling? Constantly stopping through the drive through not only hurts your waist line, but your wallet. Consider these simple snack food options that, with a little bit of planning, are great options for individuals who spend most of their time truckin’ on the road.
- Apples and peanut butter: Now that manufacturers make personal peanut butter packages, it’s easy to get healthy protein and fruit in your diet, even when on the go. By taking just a few minutes to core and slice an apple into wedges before hitting the road, you can dip apple slices into peanut butter for a tasty and healthy snack on the go. Just tear off the top of the personal pack of peanut butter and put the container in your cup holder for easy dipping. If you don’t like apples, you can substitute with celery and get a serving of veggies in! You can also do this with personal packs of hummus and red pepper or carrots too to spice it up.
- Lower sugar, high fiber bars: Nothing is more convenient than an individually wrapped cereal or granola bar, but make sure to pick ones that are low in sugar and high in protein and/or fiber or you could end up eating the calorie and sugar equivalent of a candy bar. Yikes! Some great options for cereal bars are Kashi Go-Lean® or Cheerios®. If you are looking to get more fiber in your diet (and everyone should) Fiber One® bars are a great option. Some high protein options include Luna Bars®, Kind Bars® and Lara Bars®, all which can be found in your local grocery store and have several tasty flavors and options.
- Beef or turkey jerky: Good news! This truck stop staple is a healthy option for truckers on the move, so next time you fill up, instead of reaching for the bag of potato chips or hot dog, grab a bag of beef or turkey jerky for a high-protein, low-fat snack. It will keep you full, without filling up your waistline. A good tip is to buy several bags in bulk at a neighborhood wholesale store and stash them in your truck, so a healthy snack is always on hand that won’t expire quickly.
- Air popped popcorn, pretzels & rice cakes: If a sudden salt craving hits, have no fear. Popcorn, pretzels and rice cakes are great low-calorie options and are perfect for on-the-go snacking. Plus these bags are portable and don’t require refrigeration. Make sure to portion out the serving sizes into individual storage bags to prevent over-eating. By taking just a few minutes to pre-plan, you can satisfy a salt craving without going overboard and by portioning out serving sizes, you can get several days of snacking from one bag, saving money.
- Dried fruits: Another easy way to get your daily servings of fruit is to eat them dried. Because you don’t need to pre-cut or wash them, dried dates, plums, oranges, and raisins or banana chips are all solid snack options that are quick, convenient and healthy options. Bonus, most truck stops sell dried fruits in convenient packages, perfect for on-the-road snacking.
Hopefully these tips provided some valuable snack options that you can easily implement into your daily routine to keep you energized and ready to tackle the next stretch of road in front of you. With just a little bit of pre-planning and thought, you can reach for any of these options instead of stopping through the drive through or falling into un-healthy snack traps at the truck stop. Your wallet and waistline will thank you!