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Grocery list for truck drivers with ready-to-eat, no-prep foods
Grocery shopping doesn't need to be difficult. Follow this grocery list for truck drivers and purchase foods that are ready-to-eat and require little prep.
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August 6, 2020

It’s no secret that when you’re out on the road, convenience is key, which is why when it comes to eating and meals, drivers often rely on fast food options. However, the food you fuel your body with is just as important as the fuel and maintenance for your truck.

Maybe you aren’t quite ready to start meal prepping or cooking in a semi-truck, but you do want to start making healthier choices. That’s why we compiled a grocery list for truck drivers that includes foods that are ready-to-eat and require very little prep.

Not only will you see the health benefits of buying more of your food at grocery stores, but it will most likely be cheaper than eating every meal out. 

Simple grocery list for truck drivers

Produce

Prepackaged, washed, sliced and single-serve fruits and vegetables are becoming a staple in grocery stores. If you don’t have a fridge in your truck, look for fruits that can be stored at room temp.

  • Bananas.
  • Oranges.
  • Apples.
  • Bags of pre-mixed salads.
  • Baby carrots.

Deli

Any premade meals from the deli will have fewer preservatives than a frozen meal. Most delis include foods options that can be eaten cold or heated up in a microwave.

  • Lean lunch meal, like chicken and turkey, that can be bought by the pound.
  • Individual packages of hummus and crackers.
  • Heat-and-eat meals, like turkey and gravy or mac and cheese.
  • Premade sandwiches or wraps.
  • Pasta salads.
  • Egg, tuna and chicken salad for sandwiches.

Dry goods

Look for foods that can be cooked quickly in a microwave with little mess or eaten as-is.

  • Granola for yogurt.
  • Oatmeal.
  • Canned fruits and vegetables.
  • Instant rice.

Snacks

It’s easy to reach for snacks like chips or cookies. Try to incorporate healthier options that can provide a better boost of energy.

  • Granola bars.
  • Energy/power bars.
  • Popcorn.
  • Nuts – pistachios, almonds, cashews.
  • Dried fruit.
  • Beef jerky.
  • Trail mix.

Meat/Dairy

Meat and dairy products are some of the easiest foods to find in grocery stores that are already portioned out in individual containers.

  • Pre-peeled hard-boiled eggs.
  • Snack turkey sausage.
  • Yogurt.
  • Almond or non-dairy milk (lasts longer than regular milk and can be stored at room temperature).
  • Individually wrapped cheese.
  • Cottage cheese.

Bakery

Skip the donuts and baked goods and stick to items to make lunch meat sandwiches with.

  • Croissants.
  • Loaf of bread.
  • Individual buns and rolls.

Find a routine that works for you

Healthy doesn’t have to be complicated or inconvenient; find a happy medium that works for you. It’s OK to change your habits a little at a time. 

For example, if you typically eat fast food three days per week, try cutting it down to two and supplementing one day with store-bought foods instead.

Get more tips on meals and eating as a truck driver.

Check out our YouTube playlist about all things cooking in a semi-truck and how to eat healthy out on the road.

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Nichole Garcia has been with Schneider Corporate Marketing since December 2018. She prides herself on the knowledge and experiences she has gained as an Army veteran, wife, mom and entrepreneur. Her free time is spent cheering on her three boys in any of the eight combined sports they play. Family and friends are very important to her, and she feels lucky that Schneider is a big part of that.