Trucker Grocery List: Healthy Foods to Keep in the Truck

We received a question the other day on Facebook asking for a sample trucker grocery list, and we thought, “What a great idea!” As you all know too well, truckers have some special circumstances when it comes to buying and storing food in the truck. There’s not tons of space, especially for refrigerated/frozen foods. However, if you have a travel fridge or freezer, it makes it much easier to eat healthy on the road, so we strongly recommend picking one up.

Here is a suggested list of food items to pick up next time you stop at the nearby Walmart. These are actual items truckers are buying, storing, and cooking in their trucks. This is a master list with many suggestions to help you build your own mini grocery list. Keep in mind, some of these will obviously depend on your living arrangement. But with this list, you can create many healthy meals right from the truck. Especially if you have some of these truck cooking appliances!

Trucker grocery list

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Fruits/Vegetables

  • Apples
  • Baby carrots
  • Bananas
  • Broccoli
  • Canned fruit (no added sugar)
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Frozen fruit (no added sugar)
  • Frozen/steamer bag veggies
  • Grapes
  • Lettuce/greens (the darker the better)
  • Oranges
  • Pineapple
  • Potatoes

Meat/Protein

  • Beans – black beans, pinto beans, etc
  • Chicken breast
  • Fish
  • Lean ground beef (85/15)
  • Natural peanut butter
  • Sandwich meat (low sodium): turkey or low fat ham
  • Tuna

Dairy

  • Cottage cheese
  • Eggs
  • Greek/light yogurt (watch sugar)
  • Light string cheese
  • Low fat milk (1%, skim, almond milk)

Grains

  • Brown rice
  • Fiber one/cereal bars
  • High fiber cereal (Cheerios, Raisin Bran, Mini Wheats; check labels)
  • Light popcorn
  • Whole grain crackers
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Whole wheat English muffins
  • Whole wheat pasta/spaghetti
  • Whole wheat tortillas

Snacks/Miscellaneous

  • Beef jerky (low sodium if possible)
  • Edamame
  • Herbal tea
  • Hummus
  • Protein powder
  • Raw almonds/pistachios
  • String cheese
  • Water

But don’t take our word for it… here’s what truckers just like yourselves had to say about their grocery habits:

Got anything else to add to the list? Leave your suggestions in the comments below and we’ll add them to this shopping list!


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About Amanda

Amanda is a former digital communications coordinator and frequent blogger for the TheHealthyTrucker.net, a website focused on truck driver health initiatives. Our mission is to encourage truck drivers to embrace a healthier lifestyle by providing both expert advice and real world experiences. Let us be your co-driver on the road to a healthier, happier life!