6. Canned Soup
Soup is one of those foods we generally assume is healthy. And while it can be, many of the canned soups you’ll find in the truck stop or supermarket today contain sky high levels of salt — it’s not uncommon for an entire can to house close to 1,000 mg of sodium. Then, you have the same problem as in most of these foods — the actual serving size is only about half of the can. Who’s going to eat only half a can of soup? What am I supposed to do with the rest? Manufacturers can get pretty sneaky on the labels of canned soups, too — so when it says “Only 60 calories!” be sure to remember that’s 60 calories….for half (or sometimes even less) of the can.
7. The Buffet
Do I really need to elaborate? WHO KNOWS what’s actually in that food, and good luck staying within your daily nutritional allotments when you eat at a truck stop buffet. Don’t touch it. Don’t even look at it.
8. Frozen Pizza
Or any pizza available at the truck stop, for that matter. I know, I know – “But it’s gotta be better for me than Pizza Hut!” That’s debatable –take the DiGiorno For One Supreme pizza, for example. It’s supremely BAD FOR YOU. The darn name of the pizza is “For One,” yet the box has two servings! The whole pizza contains 790 calories, 36 grams of fat (14 grams saturated and 3 grams trans fat!) and 1,460 milligrams of sodium (60% of your whole day’s allotment). PS: three grams of trans fat is twice the recommended intake. The preferred trans fat intake is NONE. If you’ve got a hankering for pizza, you’d be better off making your own homemade English muffin pizzas.
9. Energy Drinks
It can be tempting to down an energy drink when you have a long, overnight drive, but here’s why you should avoid these drinks and instead opt for coffee or tea: energy drinks contain about 4x the amount of caffeine found in sodas. This can lead to caffeine overdose. Energy drinks also often contain copious amounts of added sugar — sometimes up to 10 teaspoons worth.
I know this seems like just about the whole store…and you’d be right in that assumption. If you try hard enough and spend enough time in a truck stop, it’s possible to find some healthy items, but most of what you’ll find are high-fat, high-calorie, processed junk food. It CAN be done though — check out these videos/blog posts to learn how:
- (Video): How to Eat Healthy at a Truck Stop
- (Video): Eating Healthy at a Truck Stop — $7 Healthy Trucker Lunch Challenge
- Truck Stop Food — How to Eat Healthy on the Go