How to make a healthy breakfast in your truck

Breakfast IS the most important meal of the day, providing that it’s a healthy meal, and not a bowl full of sugar cereal. A greasy breakfast sandwich and sugar-filled donut are not beneficial to your health or well-being.

A better way to start the day is with an unprocessed, nutrient-filled meal that doesn’t force our bodies to kick into high gear trying to process all of the junk. A healthy breakfast will keep you full while minimizing the junk food cravings. Plus, it will provide you with long-lasting energy and focus throughout the day.

But for many truck drivers, a healthy breakfast doesn’t always seem possible. So you need to be prepared. You may be thinking there is no way of making a healthy breakfast in the truck every day, but you’ll soon find it’s not only easy but also delicious and budget-friendly. 

Here are some top recommendations that have been trucker-tested and approved:

energy bars

Oatmeal, but not the packaged kind! Stock up on a bag of plain oats for a couple bucks, and cook with hot water, milk, or dairy-free milk. Add whatever you have on hand – walnuts, berries, coconut flakes, or even some dark chocolate chips, but skip the sugar!

Smoothies pack a ton of nutrition into one drink. Start with fruit, spinach, and a protein powder. From there you can get creative by adding avocado, chia or flax seeds, or whatever else you have on hand. You can get a single-serve blender for under $20 at Walmart, perfect for life on the road and something many of our drivers use daily.

Energy bars, homemade of course, are great for those who like to prep some food at home before heading out for the week. Whip up a batch and keep them in the fridge/cooler for the fastest on the go breakfast you can find. There are hundreds of recipes online, so do a quick search and see what looks good to you. Most combine raw oats, peanut butter, nuts, cocoa powder, and maybe a little-dried fruit for sweetness.

Eggs… Scrambled, fried, boiled…anything goes! If you’re feeling fancy, whip up an omelet with any veggies or meat you have. Don’t want to cook them in the truck? Make little egg muffins by baking them in a muffin tray with veggies and cheese and take them on the road for a super easy breakfast you can eat cold or pop in the microwave.

Fruit is a great backup if you don’t have the time or energy to prepare something, so try and keep a couple of pieces of fruit handy for a quick breakfast. It won’t keep you full for long, so if you can, pair it with some Greek yogurt or peanut butter for a little more substance.

It may seem difficult at first, but once you get in the habit of preparing your own breakfast and enjoying the benefits, you’ll never go back!