We have shared many recipes over the years to help drivers prepare wonderful, not always healthy, home cooked meals in the truck to help them find the balance in their diet. What it really boils down to is having the right appliances in the truck to cook your meals and the time to prep meals, which can often be done at home.

Of course, prepping and cooking aren’t always an option, life is busy and sometimes when you’re in you just need time to rest and relax with the family. This may lead to a more expensive and unhealthy trip down the road, but it having that reset is equally important to keep the balance in your life.

When you don’t have the time for the prep and you need to search the aisles of the grocery store on the fly, you can make some great guilt-free choices that keep your budget in check.

Fruits and Vegetables

  • Apples
  • Baby carrots
  • Bananas
  • Broccoli
  • Canned fruit (no added sugar)
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Frozen fruit (no added sugar)
  • Frozen/steamer bag veggies
  • Grapes
  • Lettuce/greens (the darker the better)
  • Oranges
  • Pineapple
  • Potatoes

Meat and Protein

  • Beans – black beans, pinto beans, etc
  • Chicken breast
  • Fish
  • Lean ground beef
  • Natural peanut butter
  • Sandwich meat (low sodium): turkey or low-fat ham
  • Tuna


  • Cottage cheese
  • Eggs
  • Greek/light yogurt (watch sugar)
  • Light string cheese
  • Low fat milk (1%, skim, almond milk)


  • Brown rice
  • Fiber one/cereal bars
  • High fiber cereal (Cheerios, Raisin Bran, Mini Wheats)
  • Light popcorn
  • Whole grain crackers
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Whole wheat English muffins
  • Whole wheat pasta/spaghetti
  • Whole wheat tortillas

Snacks and Miscellaneous

  • Beef jerky (low sodium if possible)
  • Herbal tea
  • Hummus
  • Raw almonds/pistachios
  • String cheese
  • Water

When you’re loading up your cart, just make sure you grab yourself a variety of items from each of the main food groups and you’ll be good to go, even if you have to resort to truck stop or fast food for some of your meals.