As a truck driver, eating well and taking care of yourself is essential to staying healthy both mentally and physically. But without the everyday comforts and tools of cooking in your traditional kitchen, it may be difficult to figure out exactly what you can make and what tools you should take with you.
According to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, long-haul truck drivers are more likely to smoke, be overweight, and are less likely to be physically active compared to other US workers. This can also lead to health complications and trigger underlying conditions. That’s why we’ve put together this list of ways you can make meals to stay healthy and reduce trips to the store.
Cooking gadgets you should consider include:
- Portable Stove
- Coffee Maker
- Mini Fridge
- Crock Pot
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While it may seem obvious, a portable stove is essential to making meals while on the road. You can choose between a single burner or induction cooktop and be able to make anything you like with the proper cookware. You’ll want to make sure that you have pans and spatulas on hand along with the proper tools to keep them clean like soap, sponges, and rags. You’ll also be able to heat up leftovers at any time.
Need a quick snack? With a blender, you’ll be able to make smoothies packed with protein and fruit to get you through the day. You can also make things like milkshakes, sauces, and condiments. Depending on what you want to make, you can use a small handheld blender to use on the go or a full-sized blender to make things you can store for later.
There’s nothing better than being able to start your day with a boost of energy. Instead of needing to find a coffee shop that’s open, along with one that has coffee you actually like, a coffee maker lets you make exactly what you want at any time. With a variety of options like a french press, a collapsible pour-over coffee maker, or even instant coffee, you’ll be able to easily find the most convenient way for you. Be sure to bring your preferred sugars, milk, and creamers as well.
What better way to store your leftovers and ingredients for future meals than with a mini fridge? Whether you’re storing fresh or frozen food, it allows your food to last longer and will reduce the number of trips you’ll need to make to the store. Plus, it allows you to stock up on certain things like snacks and drinks to keep you fueled during the day.
If you’ve got more time on your hands, a crock pot is great for a variety of meals like soups, stews, and tenderizing meat. As they cook food slowly, it’s a great way to try a variety of dishes that you can prepare in the morning before a long drive. By cooking over a period of four to eight hours, it allows strong flavors to develop and makes great leftovers.
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