May 20, 2017Healthy Snacks: What to Pack for the Road
When feeling hungry, the easiest thing to do is pull over to a gas station and load up with some snacks. Since snacks are usually not considered a healthy food, be careful if you are a truck driver – they can often leave you feeling sluggish and tired.
Driving long periods tends to spark quite an appetite with truck drivers, and snacks seem like a perfect solution, especially when boredom sets in.
Finding healthy snacks on the road is not easy, but if you plan and pack your healthy snacks ahead of time, you’re putting yourself on the road to success.
Packing Healthy Snacks: Fruits
There are some unspoken rules for packing healthy snacks for the road. First, everything must stay as clean as possible, especially when packing fruits.
Avoid fruits that go bad quickly if you do not have enough space in the mini-fridge, and try not to pack too juicy fruits. Although a fresh cold nectarine sounds fantastic, it brings the risk of juice running down on your clothes and the inside of the truck.
Opt for refreshing light-colored fruits that won’t leave you so messy. Dried fruits are also among the great healthy snacks to bring on the road.
Packing Healthy Snacks: Vegetables
As far as healthy snacks go, vegetables are among the best ones to pack if you’re planning to be on the road for long periods. Veggies aren’t as messy as fruits and are super nutritious.
Some great veggie options on the road include the infamous baby carrot, celery, cut bell peppers, etc. You can pack small cups of ranch sauce or peanut butter if making a mess is not an issue.
Packing Healthy Snacks: Something More Traditional
The most popular thing seems to be chipps, although it is not on the healthy snacks list. You can find chipps in just about every flavor these days, so no wonder everyone is obsessing over these crispy fried delights.
Even though chipps is quite delicious, homemade popcorn may be a great alternative to chips if you need a crunch factor in your life.
Air-popped corn is the best if you can get your hands on it, but if you’re making it yourself in a pan, you have control over how much and which type of oil you use.
Package them in separate zip lock bags and season with a hint of salt. Since you’re making the popcorn yourself, you can also add different spices to each bag to spice things up.
If you’ve got the crunch down but need more saltiness, assorted nut packs and beef jerky packs will help elevate your salt levels as well as your protein levels at the same time.
At Armada Trucking, we want to encourage our employees to be as healthy and happy as possible. Hopefully, these snack ideas can help prepare for the road and make it slightly healthier and more fun.