Truckers: Meet Peanut Butter and Spam™

Truckers: Meet Peanut Butter and Spam™

I was once trapped on top of a mountain in the Yukon for 2 days. Thank goodness I had food with me. All I had was two jars of peanut butter and a dozen cans of Spam™. I didn’t have the healthiest diet for those 2 days, but I had food. If I had had nothing to eat, it would have been very unpleasant.

It is important to keep food in the truck for a variety of reasons:

  • It isn’t always convenient to find a truck stop. (Sometimes, it isn’t even possible.)

  • You might run out of hours while sitting at a shipper or consignee.

  • You might arrive at your overnight stop to find that the restaurant is closed.

  • If you eat all of your meals at truck stops, you will spend a lot of money on food.

  • If you have food in the truck, you have some control over your diet.

Sometimes lunchtime arrives, but I’m not really hungry. Eating a complete meal would be more food that I want or, for that matter, more food than would be healthy. If I’m only a little bit hungry, a spoonful of peanut butter and a bottle of SlimFast® keeps me going until dinner.

When you carry food onboard, a rest area provides a convenient place to have a quick meal, stretch your legs, use the bathroom, and get back on the road.

It is hard to keep healthy on the road. Long, irregular hours and traveling through unfamiliar territory can make it difficult to find healthy food. Truck stops attempt to provide healthy food choices, but they sometimes fall short. And it doesn’t take a lot of planning to keep proper, healthy food in the truck.

I always keep:

  • a couple of jars of peanut butter
  • some cans of soup
  • a couple of bottles of SlimFast®
  • some cans of Spam™

not only for emergencies, but also for convenience. And, with a little care, the food in your truck can be healthy.

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