Healthy Food Options For Long-Haul Truck Drivers

 

Healthy Food Options for long-haul truck drivers

 

In 2010, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health interviewed 1,670 long-haul truck drivers at 32 truck stops across the United States.

The National Survey of Long-Haul Truck Driver Health and Injury discovered that the prevalence of obesity (BMI of 30 or higher) was a whopping 69%, twice as high as the 31% of the national working population.

17% were categorized as morbidly obese (a BMI of 40 or higher), also more than twice as high as the national population with 7%.

At the same time, of the 1,670 long-haul drivers surveyed, only half as many truck drivers are covered by insurance (17% vs. 38%) compared to the national work population.

An unhealthy lifestyle and lack of healthy food options increases their risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer, joint and back pain, and stroke.

Some of these health issues can affect their ability to receive their commercial driver’s license.

For a truck driver, who may not have access to heating or cooling equipment, some meal preparation may be required in order to eat healthier. Good news though! It can save a good bit of money in the long run.

 

Here are some healthy food options for each meal of the day:

 

For breakfast:

  • Oatmeal
  • Fresh fruit
  • Low-fat yogurt
  • Whole-wheat toast with peanut butter and fruit
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Egg whites (1 egg yolk = 60% of your daily value of cholesterol)
  • Protein/cereal bars
  • Sausage and Egg Breakfast Rolls

 

Snacks:

  • Low-fat string cheese
  • Hummus and veggies
  • Fruit with Nut Butter
  • Unsalted mixed nuts
  • Whole-grain crackers
  • Beef or turkey jerky
  • Popcorn
  • Nuts
  • Trail mix
  • Tuna Pouch

 

For lunch:

  • Tomato, avocado and fried egg sandwich
  • Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Rollups
  • Turkey or veggie wrap: whole-wheat tortilla, turkey, romaine lettuce, low-fat cheese and mustard
  • Grilled chicken salad with low fat dressing
  • Veggie or turkey burger (preferably without mayo, ketchup or cheese)

 

For dinner:

 

Desserts:

  • Fat free ice cream or sorbet
  • Frozen grapes or strawberries
  • Frozen yogurt
  • Frozen fruit bars/ice pops
  • Low-fat yogurt with fruit and granola

Hopefully these alternatives can help transition from fast food to quick, healthy meals!

Resources:
https://blog.driveforprime.com/2014/08/healthy-simple-truck-driver-food-ideas-from-prime-inc/
http://www.atbs.com/knowledge-hub/10-healthy-snacks-for-the-road
https://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2015/03/03/truck-driver-health/