How To Eat Healthier While On The Road

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Eating healthy on the road can seem pretty daunting at times, especially considering the time and effort it takes to prepare good, healthy meals and to set up an area in your truck to cook your own meals.

Is it even possible to cook in your truck? In fact, it is very possible!

Not only that, cooking in your truck is not only a healthier option than going to McDonald’s or other fast-food places, but it will also end up helping you save money while you’re on the road. Cooking yourself also reduces the amount of paper and plastic waste as compared to visiting fast food places which ultimately helps the environment as well.

Contrary to popular belief, it is actually possible to keep a 12 V slow cooker in the cab of your truck. Depending on the type of crockpot you get; some will use a low-voltage cigarette lighter, an inverter, or an outlet. Before you get started, it’s wise to check how your electrical systems work so you know that the slow cooker will work in your truck, and exactly how it will function.

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If you don’t already have a crockpot, you can get one easily at Walmart or most larger grocery stores for about $10.

When using a slow cooker, make sure that it’s secured on a flat surface so that it won’t spill or tip over should you have to brake unexpectedly. Also, fasten the lid to prevent it from opening while driving in uneven road conditions.

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These are some of the items that are good to bring along in your truck for cooking:

The crockpot itself, forks and spoons, a steak knife, paper plates, bowls and a cutting board (for preparing ingredients). Also bring some of your favorite spices so that you can season your meals accordingly.

If you don’t feel like preparing the ingredients in your truck, you could simply bring the prepared ingredients in zip-lock bags and keep them refrigerated until they’re ready to use. You can also bring frozen soups and broth bases in zip-lock bags for use in the crockpot.

Eating out at McDonald's for instance, for one day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) would cost roughly $25 or more depending on what you get. Even with buying the ingredients for the recipes below, you would end up creating larger amounts of food which equals more meals, and you end up saving a lot of money using a crock pot, as well as saving your health.

Eating home-cooked (or should I say truck-cooked) meals is also much healthier than eating out in most cases and you can create a more diversified diet for yourself (and your passengers).

What follows are three mouthwatering easy in-truck recipes for the crockpot:

African Peanut Stew

African peanut stew

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White Bean Soup

White bean soup

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Chicken Taco Salad

Chicken taco salad

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Enjoy your new healthy lifestyle!