Eating when on the road can be tough in general. And eating healthy is even harder. Grocery stores and healthy fast food options are not often readily available, or very convenient to access, on the road.
According to the CDC, truck drivers tend to have higher rates of heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and obesity compared to the average U.S. adult workers.
So when it comes to maintaining a healthy truck driver lifestyle, what are the best methods?
We thought we’d take a look at one of the most popular fast food spots to see what menu items nutritionists recommend for eating healthy on the road.
Healthy Eating at McDonald’s
When you think of McDonald’s, you think of super-sized greasy food, right? Me too.
Turns out, there are some choices that can give you the right combination of good nutrients and a reasonable calorie count. Plus, they will leave you feeling satisfied and full and won’t break your bank.
Here are just a few ideas for each meal of the day.
Fruit and Maple Oatmeal
Oatmeal can be a great option if you’re cruising through the drive-through one morning. Leave the brown sugar off to reduce the sugar and calories. One serving has fewer calories — and is more satisfying — than a bagel because it has five grams of protein and five grams of fiber.
Grilled Chicken Ranch Snack Wrap, a Side Salad, and Sliced Apples
To get the most nutrition out of this meal, make sure to hold off on the ranch dressing on both the wrap and salad. Instead, you can squeeze a lemon and sprinkle some pepper on your salad for a healthier dressing alternative.
This meal offers a serving of veggies and fruit and will fill you up for the rest of your day.
Grilled Onion Cheddar Burger and a Premium Southwest Salad
This meal clocks in at about 460 calories and roughly one-third of the day’s recommended amount of fat, fiber, and sodium.
Nutritionists suggest that, rather than choosing soda, opt for unsweetened iced tea or low-fat milk.
Truck driver health is one of the most important things you can maintain. When you’re healthy and happy, you’re able to be more focused on the road. It can be a challenge, but we hope this blog provided you with some easy healthy eating ideas you can take with you on your next haul.
What are your healthy fast food hacks? We’d love to hear!