Benefits of Cooking While on the Road

A meal made by a trucker while on the road

Day after day, you hit the same places – the truck stop, fast food, whatever junk you found at the convenience store after you filled up or in the vending machine at the rest stop. It’s the same foods over and over, and, to be honest, they make you feel awful. You’ve got that “dunlap” thing going – your waist has “dun lapped” over your belt. Not to mention the amount of money you spend every single day could probably put a kid through college.

Believe it or not, you can cook while you’re out on the road, and the benefits are immediate.

What You’ll Need

Before your next trip out, you’re going to need a few things to make sure your eating plan on the road is more than cans of cold soup and crackers. Depending on the space you have in your rig and your budget, you can equip your truck with a small, mobile kitchen:

  • Small refrigerator
  • Lunchbox cooker/portable stove
  • Rice steamer
  • Single-serve blender
  • Small slow cooker
  • Outdoor grill

You’ll also need to make a grocery list based on what you like to eat and what you have to cook with. After that you need a plan of action. Find recipes that are easy. Load up on fresh vegetables and lean meats. Try to avoid convenience foods that are processed and full of salt and sugar.

What You’ll Get

It may seem like a lot of effort to put into eating every day, but the benefits outweigh the extra work required. And once you get a routine figured out, cooking won’t seem so difficult.

  • You’ll be eating healthier.
  • You’ll lose weight.
  • You’ll have more fresh foods in your diet.
  • You’ll eat less salt, sugar, and preservatives.
  • Your overall health will improve.
  • You’ll eat a wider variety of foods.
  • You’ll save money each week.

Plan ahead, find easy recipes, and buy what you really like to eat. All of these things will help you avoid temptation and make cooking on the road much easier.

There’s no reason you can’t indulge in the occasional stick-to-your-ribs truck stop dinner. Maybe you’re not human before you have a cup of coffee and a donut in the morning so cooking breakfast seems impossible. Start slow and find what works for you, but if you cook even a few meals on the road, you’ll definitely see an improvement in your health and your bank account balance.

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