Remember that scene in the old Rocky movie where Sylvester Stallone drank all those raw eggs? BIG YUCK.
Rocky set his alarm to wake up at 4 a.m. to start his training day. Many truckers have 4 a.m. wake-up calls, too. You have to get on the road. You need something quick to eat. You need power food to give you the stamina to make it through the day. You might be driving, or you might be running from flight to flight. It doesn’t matter.
This post today will be all about power foods that won’t make you fat, but will get you through your busy day. Read on for my suggestions on energy boosting snacks you can keep in your truck in case you need a quick pick me up.
Nuts are loaded with protein, which is a great source of energy. I make up recipes for nut mixes all the time. It takes about 15 minutes to roast them. Done. Make them at home before you leave and pack them up in little baggies. We have a half dozen nut mix recipes that we use all the time for Plan Z. Here’s one of my favorites.
If you aren’t traveling more than a few hours or if you can carry a little cooler, this is a great one. You can buy blocks of cheese on the road in a pinch. What I’d do is take the time to buy a high-quality cheese beforehand and cut it into cubes. Put the cubes in baggies and munch on them. Cheese fills you up. It’s high in protein and believe it or not, cheese and nuts won’t make you fat. It’s the popcorn and other carbs that do you in. I have the science to back me up. It’s not fat that makes you fat, and it doesn’t clog your arteries either.*
Red meat energizes your liver and gives you great energy. You can eat steak and feel good about it from time to time. Take pre-grilled burgers along if you have to and heat them up on the road. You can use the microwave at the rest stop (or in your truck, if you have one) or order a burger at a restaurant – just opt for a lettuce bun or no bun at all (and limit your toppings). You don’t need all those carbs. Fresher is better, but even taking a piece of cold meatloaf on the plane or truck isn’t out of the question.
Hard boiled eggs are pretty easy to carry along with you. Any eggs are healthy; heart healthy too. You can probably find hard boiled eggs at most truck stops, so if you forgot to plan ahead pick some up. Many airports have them too. I suggest keeping some sea salt in your condiment stash area. Regular table salt is not good for you. Sea salt is. You can get pepper anywhere.
Hopefully this gives you some ideas for some energy boosting snacks for the road. Eat healthy and stay full so you can keep that energy!
* When you have some downtime or if you have a long flight coming up, pick up a copy of Why We Get Fat And What to Do About It by Gary Taubes. All the science you need about what really makes us fat is in there and it’s an easy read. Hint: It’s not the fat that makes you fat and it’s not all about calories in/calories out. You’ll be glad you bought it.
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