Fuel up and GO: Healthy and QUICK Recipe & Activity Ideas for the Professional Truck Driver

  Friday, March 29, 2024

Maintaining a healthy diet is crucial for both physical and mental health for everyone, but especially for professional truck drivers. Thankfully, with a bit of planning and creativity, it's possible to whip up delicious and nutritious meals right in the cab of your truck. In this blog post, we'll explore some easy recipes provided by Mavericks themselves that are tailored specifically for truck drivers who are looking to eat well while on the road.

TJ Hargis, our 2020 Driver of the Year and our 2022 Trainer of the Year provided some great tips to prepare for a successful week:

“So, I don't really "cook" in the truck. I like to prepare my meals at home and bring them with me. I will pop them in the microwave and dinner is done in less than 5 minutes. I do cook eggs in the morning in the microwave and warm up some sausage that I precook at home. I use my smoker a lot during good weather. I find small packs of meat at the local grocery store and prepare different meals like that so I'm not eating the same thing over and over. I can have a week's worth of food prepared for me and my student (if needed) in about 2-3 hours (depending on what I'm cooking) while I go do other things. It saves me a lot time at home and out here, I really don't feel like sitting in here preparing a meal at the end of day, I just want to relax.

Also, I always park in the back at truck stops, which gives me a good walk just going inside and back out. When I am parked in an area that allows, I will take a walk around and just take in the sights of some of the different little places we go to.

I average about $15 for breakfast for 2 weeks solo or 1 week with a student. For my dinner, I usually only spend around $20-$25 per week depending on what I get to cook. fFor the most part, I spend $40 or less per week on food.”

Scott Claiborne, our 2020 Dedicated Driver of the Year also provided some of his tips that he has for living a healthy lifestyle out on the road:

“My girlfriend helps me prep meals by making sliced meatloaf for sandwiches, breakfast casserole and grilling brussels sprouts. I like to bring ingredients to make yogurt parfaits with blueberries, vanilla yogurt, walnuts and honey. I also like to work out in my truck with a kettlebell.

Scott’s Workout:

3 x 50 squats with a 12 lbs. kettlebell

3 x 20 donkey kicks

3 x 200 arm circles (50 reps forward and backwards palms down = 100 Then 50 more reps forward and backwards palm up = 100)

3 x 30 lateral arm raises

3 x 30 pushups (usually broken up as 2 sets of 15)

3 x 30 lawnmower pulls using the kettlebell

3 x 30 ab crunches

The information provided here is not a substitute for professional medical advice.

Maintaining good health on the road is essential for professional drivers. Simple strategies like healthy eating and regular exercise can enhance your well-being and safety. Let's commit to staying healthy and thriving on every mile of the journey.