Today I want to go something that helped me get through years of trucking. I was an over-the-road truck driver and I used to hate going to truck stops. It is too expensive and you spend a whole lot of money on food. That’s what I’m going to talk to you about today is food.
A lot of us truck drivers, we gain a whole lot of weight because the stuff that they give us at those truck stops is just garbage. You got all the fast food, Subway is probably some of the best food you can eat but it gets expensive to eat it for every meal. What I used to do and what I still do now is I prep my food. One of the things as an owner-operator– the best things you can have on your truck is a refrigerator and a microwave. You can go get a refrigerator from Lowes and you can get yourself an inverter. You should have no problems and you should have a freezer, like a freezer compartment up top and the rest is the fridge.
I’m going to tell you about some of my local meals I prepare during the week. I’m a local driver and I still prepare my meals for the week. If I make too much and the meals have been in the fridge too long I’ll throw them up in the freezer so they’ll keep longer.
I like to make a seafood gumbo on the weekend and then portion it out for my meals throughout the week. I put them in Ziploc bags and seal it up. When it’s frozen that will last me for months. When I’m ready for some more gumbo and bring it down and put it in the fridge to thaw out. I like to put crawfish, lobster, octopus, and white fish in the gumbo.
I also make a Caribbean jerk and teriyaki chicken with rice. I made this all on Sunday. Put the chicken on the rice in a Ziploc bag and it’s ready to go.
Another meal is tacos. I fix up the taco meat and cheese. Put them in a Ziploc bag and heat it up. Then just put it on some hard taco shells and it’s an easy meal.
I even prep breakfast. I made some eggs with some potatoes and turkey sausage. And I don’t have to go out and spend a bunch of money.
I make a frozen frittata as well. Just freeze it all and bring it out for dinner of any heated up and it will taste just like when I made it.
This is something I tell a lot of the over the road truckers, even if you’re a local guy. The best thing you can do is get you a Nutribullet or a juicer. If you’re on the road and juicing it’s probably going to be too much of a problem so I would say go with a Nutribullet. Prep what you’re going to juice in individual Ziploc bags. That way you can simple dump the contents in the bag and turn it on and you’re ready to go.
This right here has been prepped, it’s got bananas, peanut butter, and avocado. You prep this up and put it in the freezer and take it down the day you need it. And plus the Nutribullet is pretty easy to clean up.
Another one is kale, spinach, raspberries, and bananas. Another one is more of a tropical blend, pineapple, cantaloupe, and oranges. Finally one with apple, strawberry, kale, and bananas. Just use fruits and vegetables you like.
It’s easy to prep and I don’t have to go spending my money in a truck stop and this keeps you more healthy because all the processed garbage they have available. Fast food is terrible for you so you prep this stuff up you have it ready to go. You don’t have to spend a lot of money and a lot of time in the truck stops.
The only reason I go to the truck stops is to use the bathroom and to get diesel, that’s it. I don’t buy the food.
Last but not least, buy an inverter. Get you a 2000W inverter. Get you a refrigerator. You can get from the Lowes and they’re about $200. The 2000W inverter will probably be about $179. You can get yourself a microwave from a thrift store. Matter of fact you could possibly get the fridge from a thrift store also. Make sure you get one with a top freezer compartment and the fridge as a separate unit.
You’ll be able to store all your food and you’ll be happy. I hope this helps a lot of people and hopefully you won’t be one of the truck drivers that has a big ole beer belly that’s hanging down past his knees because you have the power to eat what you want to eat on these trucks. You can eat better than people that’s at home on your truck if you prep your meals. That’s all I have to say. If you don’t want to end up in a box think outside of it.