Some of the hardest things about driving OTR don’t even involve driving – they are all of the little things associated with life on the road. Things that most people take for granted, like showering or grabbing a snack, require serious planning and forethought for truckers. Eating well on the road is especially difficult. Buying meals and snacks at truck stops is easy, but the options are rarely healthy and the cost adds up quickly. So, we put together some ideas for quick and easy meals that can help you save time and money while driving.  

Breakfast

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but most of us are so busy in the morning that food is the last thing on our mind. It can be all too easy to fall into the habit of hitting a drive-thru or just skipping breakfast altogether. Here are a few simple options that won’t add too much time to your morning routine.

Eggs

Eggs are such a great breakfast item. There are a bunch of ways you can cook and combine them for added variety. Fry a couple eggs, throw them in a tortilla with cheese and sliced deli meat, and you are good to go. Looking for a grab-and-go option? Hard-boil some eggs in the evening and store them in the fridge. Eggs don’t require much equipment – just a hot plate and a pot or pan – and the clean up is quick.

Instant Oatmeal

This is a great option for mornings that you want something heavier and more filling. You can add your favorite fruit, honey, and if you’re trying to eat more protein, just add a scoop of your favorite protein powder. Instant oatmeal packs are very convenient, cheap, and quick to make.

Yogurt

Similar to oatmeal, yogurt is quick and easy. You can just have the yogurt itself, or you can make yourself a parfait by adding your favorite fruit and some granola. The yogurt itself is light and full of probiotics that are good for digestive health. When you add fruit, granola, and nuts, it can quickly make a hearty meal that will satisfy your cravings.   

Smoothies and Protein Shakes

Some people don’t get hungry first thing in the morning, but still want some calories for energy. Smoothies and protein shakes are a perfect solution. You can make them as basic or substantial as you want. If convenience is your priority, just throw some protein powder in a shaker with water. Swap out the water for milk if you want more calories and flavor. Got a little time and want to treat yourself? Grab some frozen fruit and a blender – the options are endless. Make a lot at once and store in your fridge for added convenience.

Snacks

Some quick and simple snack options:

  • Mixed nuts or trail mix
  • Beef jerky
  • Fruits or veggies
  • Whole grain crackers

Lunch

Nothing worse than feeling that mid-afternoon slump. You reach for that 2nd or even 3rd cup of coffee, but that doesn’t always do the trick. Here are a few lunch ideas that are sure to give you a boost.

Sandwich

Sandwiches are an easy go-to meal for lunches. They’re quick, easy to prep, and filling. You can also mix it up often! It doesn’t always have to be the same sandwich meat and cheese. Try switching it up, trying different meat, or a different cheese, you can even try adding other toppings you don’t normally try.  

Tuna/Chicken Salad

If tuna or chicken is not your style, swap it out with your favorite meatSalads are quick to throw together. Just add your favorite veggies, toppings, and dressing.

Soup

Sometimes, nothing feels more like home than a nice warm bowl of soup. You can do homemade soup in a crockpot, or you can buy your favorite canned soup and heat it up either on a portable stove or the microwave. Grab some rolls, and lunch is all set. 

Dinner

Nothing is better than having a good meal at the end of a long day at work. These meals do not take long to cook or prep, so they are ideal after a long day of driving.

Pulled Pork

Making pulled pork using the crock pot is a time saver. All you have to do is throw the pork, seasonings, sauce, anything else you want in there, and put it on the low setting for 5-6 hours while you’re driving. Add it to a roll with some coleslaw or just have the pulled pork with some rice on the side.

Meat Quesadilla

A quick and easy meal you can make in less than 10 minutes. All you need are some tortillas, cheese, and your favorite meat. Cook it yourself ahead of time or buy precooked meat at the grocery store. You can add some salsa, sour cream, or guacamole on the side.  

Chili

Another crock pot meal! Throw in ground beef, beans, broth, tomato sauce, and spices of your choice put it on low for 5-6 hours and dinner will be done by the time you’re off duty. There are plenty of differently slow cooker chili meals, so you can always switch it up.  

Conclusion

Just because you are driving Over the Road, doesn’t mean you need to compromise the quality of your meals. With some planning, you can make yourself delicious snacks and meals, so you don’t have to settle for whatever is at the truck stop. ShipEX understands the difficulty of eating well on the road, that’s why all ShipEX trucks come with refrigerators and 2000 watt inverters. If you’re looking for a company that empowers their drivers, check out ShipEX.  

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