Healthy Eating at a Truck stop: Is it Possible?
If you're a trucker and love to eat at truck stops, this lifestyle is not good for a healthy diet . In most cases, you would be correct. However, you can still enjoy truck stops occasionally and maintain your healthy diet. Its all about making good food choices, which starts with learning about the nutrition you need to stay happy, physically healthy, mentally stable, and active.
Pick up the menu, and start by skipping over the drink section. Though you may be tempted to enjoy a beer or mixed beverage with your dinner, these usually have many empty calories, which is not good for your health. The exception to this rule when it comes to alcohol is wine, especially red wine, which can be fine if you have a single glass and can actually help prevent heart disease.
Skip the appetizer menu, unless it’s to over a side salad. The appetizers at truck stops are usually high-fat foods that are not meant to fill you up and can make you crave even more high fat foods. Examples are mozzarella sticks, potato skins, and wings. Instead, focus on your main course or, if you must indulge, share a single serving with the entire table of people.
When choosing your meal, it is of course important that you look at the ingredients of the meal. Anything with cream sauces or high-fat meats should be avoided, and don't eat the potatoes or onion rings. Instead have dishes like vegetables, or ask for just the main course when possible.
Remember, portion is everything. Order off of the lunch menu whenever you can, and ask for a dogie bag before you order. Split your meal in half immediately so that you are not tempted to eat it entirely, which is almost always enough for two or three portions.
When you're done eating skip the desert menu, just as with the appetizers. Again, you can share a single desert with the entire table if you feel the need to order something, or split your selection in half. Many fancy desserts in truck stops have more calories than your entire meal, so keep this in mind before you wave down the waitress to put in an order! Of course, on special occasions, it’s alright to cheat a little, but overall healthy eating requires holding back the temptation around you.