TRUCKER MAMA: It is Said You Are What You Eat

I don’t know about you, but for me, that’s kind of a scary thought. 

When I traveled non-stop for my work, I made mostly bad food choices – I needed food that traveled well, was inexpensive and easy to access.  And more times than not, I drove through a familiar drive-thru and ordered something that I liked.  Big Mac, anyone?

I am still not great at planning ahead and benefit only from the lack of options near where I write.  Coffee and Diet Coke are a main food group for me. 

Let’s explore together some better options on top fast food menus.  I focused on ones often co-located in truck stops and with drive-thru windows, because they are known to be speedy, not because I think you can drive an 18-wheeler through J:

(Watch out for sodium, it is the main ingredient in almost everything – no wonder fast food all tastes so good!)


·         The only grand slams in every category are black coffee, apple slices and a side salad - which may not, in fact, be the gateway to a full belly!

·         Their basic burgers, salads, oatmeal parfaits and smoothies don’t completely tip the scale.

·         And, in sweet news, a small vanilla cone won’t even set you back 200 calories.

Burger King:

·         The healthiest choice is the Tendergrill chicken sandwich, especially if you can part with the mayo.

·         You can have a bacon cheeseburger for less than 300 calories and 4 nuggets for less than 200 calories.

Taco Bell:

·         The fresco menu offers several decent options, including: chicken soft taco and grilled steak versions.

·         Black beans are only 80 calories.

·         Soft or hard shell tacos come in at less than 200 calories each.


·         Subway brands themselves on healthy, so avoid their meatball marinara or loading up on fatty sauces, like mayonnaise.

·         Fresh fit choices are a beautiful thing for fast-food, healthy eating, plus provide a nice protein punch.

Panda Express:

·         Sometimes you need Chinese food and you need it fast.  Thank you, Panda Express.

·         Replace mixed veggies with rice to up the health quotient.

·         Try broccoli beef or broccoli chicken for less than 200 calories.

·         Throw in a fortune cookie (or two) – you will only expend 32 calories and gain a beautiful fortune.

Every time I typed one of these restaurants into my search bar, not only would their official site pop up, but all kinds of other healthy food sites.  This may be the most fortunate part of travel dining today – you can quickly peruse and plan for healthier options.  Now, if I could just follow my head and not my stomach when ordering….

What tips do you use for eating on the road?  Ways you fuel your body to feel both good and satisfied?

As always, I look forward to hearing what you think of this article and what else you would like to see in this spot. 

Take care of yourself and drive home safely,

Trucker Mama

P.S.  April is impossibly upon us.  The month starts on a very funny note with April Fools’ Day. With so much serious in the world, how about we focus on a little levity?  Let’s explore the origin of this funny day in: April Fools’ Day: Where did the laughs begin?