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Being a truck driver requires being on the road most of the time. Sometimes, it's easy to forget to have meals while behind the wheel. However, it's something that should not be forgotten.

Driving trucks, though fulfilling, can also be taxing on your body. Not being able to have enough nutrients will have negative effects on your body. In most cases, you would gain weight and start to feel sluggish. Fatigue is another adverse effect of having insufficient nutrition. Did you know that driver fatigue is one of the top five causes of truck accidents?

You don't want to be in an accident, so it's best that you watch you health and not skip your meals. We have prepared eight recipes that you can make to ensure your body is in tip-top shape despite staying behind the wheel for hours in a day.

1. Lemon Chicken and Rice

Lemon Chicken is a classic recipe that will keep you healthy and satisfied. You can easily pair this up with long grain rice as the side, but if you want a healthier alternative you can opt for brown grain. Check the ingredients & recipe below:



2 cups of water

2 cups of long grain rice

4 boneless chicken breasts

3 Tablespoons of butter (in small cubes)

2 teaspoons of lemon zest

1/2 cup of lemon juice

1 lemon

1 teaspoon of crushed garlic


1. Place rice with enough water into slow cooker.

2. Put the butter evenly into it.

3. Then, add the chicken pieces into the slow cooker.

4. Add the lemon juice and sprinkle a lemon zest and garlic.

4. Cut the lemon into several slices and arrange them on top of the chicken.

5. Cover and cook on low heat. Wait for 6 to 8 hours.


2. Mexican Corn and Bean Soup

This is a simple variation from the usual beef stew. It gives you everything you could ask for; you get meat, vegetables, beans, and a warm delicious meal after a long drive.


2 packages of Italian-style turkey meatballs (cooked and frozen)

2 cans of Mexican-style tomatoes

1 can of seasoned chicken broth (with garlic)

2 cans of black beans

1 package of kernel corn (frozen)


1. Using a slow cooker, combine the meatballs, undrained tomatoes, broth, drained beans, and corn.

2. Cover the cooker. The, cook the dish using the low-heat setting.

3. Wait for 6 to 7 hours.

4. If you're in a hurry, set it to high heat and wait for about 3 hours.


3. Barbecue Pork

Sometimes, a good old classic barbeque is just the right way to go. A tender delicious piece of pork is just what you need to get your day started.


4.25 pound of pork ribs

1 bottle of barbecue sauce


1. Place the two pieces of meat inside the slow cooker at the same time.

2. Cover each of the layers with your chosen barbecue sauce before adding another layer. Continue to layer the meat and sauce until you have used it all up.

3. Cover the cooker and cook the barbecue on a low-heat setting.

4. Wait for 6 to 7 hours.


4. Toasted Peanut Butter & Apple

Here is another classic but with a twist. Instead of the usual PB&J sandwich, let's mix it up a bit. In this simple recipe, you get carbs, peanuts, fruits and a healthy fulfilling breakfast on the go.


A handful of Almond/peanut butter

1-2 English muffins or bagels

3-4 Apple slices


1. Get your English muffin or bagel and cut it in half. Spread your almond or peanut butter and top it with apple slices.

2. Enjoy your healthy delicious snack!


5. Pot roast with carrots and potatoes

You do not need to sacrifice taste when it comes to home-cooked meals. Here's another classic that you can easily cook!


Worcestershire sauce

Pot roast

Beef broth

Baby carrots


Onion soup mix


1. Put seasonings on the pot roast with the pepper and salt.

2. Sprinkle Worcestershire sauce over the meat.

3. Arrange the washed carrots in the pot and add the potatoes and other vegetables of your choice.

4. Put the pot roast on top of the vegetables you've prepared.

5. Wait for at least 6 hours when using a high setting.

6. Pour roast's juices about 2-3 times while cooking.

7. Get the roast from the pot and slice the roast meat. Get the vegetables, too and put them on top.


These dishes are both delicious and nutritious. You can cook them at home or even in the comfort of your own truck. All you need to do is invest in a good slow cooker.

Ashley Mills

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This is Ashley a blogger and independent freelance journalist. Working as an independent media consultant since 2008. I've contributed a lot of news articles, ideas, inventions and more on various online weblogs.