Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Eat Your Veggies Day

Did you know today is Eat Your Veggies Day? Well you do now, and we're going to celebrate TruckLogics style with some great tips to incorporate vegetables in your diet and which ones are the most travel friendly.

Believe it or not your body craves fruits and vegetables more than any other food because we tend to cut them out of our diet. Most of the time we don't even realize we haven't had one fruit or veggie in a day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with the USDA both recommend at least 5 servings of fruits & veggies per day to maintain your health. While on the road, here are some great ways to get your 5 a day:

 - Add fruit to your morning cereal (or any other time, I believe cereal can be eaten any time of day, it's just that delicious) or oatmeal.

 - If you are a yogurt fan, create your own flavors by adding your favorite bit-sized fruit to plain yogurt. 

 - Forget the creamy snack dips and opt for chunky salsa. Most grocery stores now carry freshly-made 
super chunky salsa with all kinds of ingredients. I always go for anything with fresh cilantro, I just don't believe it is salsa without cilantro. 

 - Snack on raw veggies or fruits instead of chips and pretzels. I always keep fresh green beans to snack on in the summer time. Other great veggies to snack on are carrots, sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes and celery. 

 - Pre-make a few fruit/veggie cups for the day. Then you can just grab & go. Tip: add a little lemon juice for apple slices to keep them from browning. And if it is in a cup then you already have a conveniently located cylindrical-container stabilizing device (also known as your cup holder) for optimal snacking efficiency.

Fruits & Vegetables Made For The Road
The length of your trip is a major factor to what foods you stock. Some fruits & veggies don't have a long shelf life but others can last you a whole week, or longer. Here is a shelf-life chart to help you plan your healthy meals for a week:

1-2 Days
Artichokes     Cherries              Strawberries
Asparagus      Corn                  Watercress
Bananas         Green beans
Broccoli         Mushrooms

2-4 Days
Arugula          Grapes        Zucchini
Avocados       Lettuce
Cucumbers     Limes
Eggplant         Pineapple

4-6 Days
Apricots                 Grapefruit       Oregano     Peppers         Watermelon (yum!)
Blueberries             Leeks              Parsley      Plums
Brussels sprouts      Lemons          Peaches      Spinach
Cauliflower             Oranges          Pears         Tomatoes

7+ Days
Apples         Celery                 Potatoes
Beets           Garlic
Cabbage      Hard Squash
Carrots        Onions

If you get more fruits and veggies into your diet, you will be amazed at how much better you feel. All of your cognitive functions will improve and you will be a better driver. Stay safe Trucking Nation, and let's get healthy. 

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Tuesday, 10 June 2014

TruckerTuesday: World's Largest Diesel Engines

Have you ever seen an engine the size of a building? They really do exist and put out a mind blowing amount of horse power. Diesel engines are extremely tough and built to last. They are different from petrol engines in that they use the heat of compression to initiate ignition, instead of a spark plug to ignite an air-fuel mixture.

Diesel engine manufacturers take the phrase "Go Big, or Go Home" very seriously and created the world's largest diesel engines that power everything from Heavy Haulers to Ships, even entire buildings and race tracks. Let's see the mechanical beasts in action...

Largest Semi Truck Engine
First up, I know you want to know what the largest diesel engine in a semi truck looks like. So here is "Big Mike", a V24 71 Detroit Diesel beast. Big Mike has twelve 871-Blowers and nitro .. I need a second to take all that in, a V24 - Wow. What about horsepower you ask? "Big Mike" dynos at an amazing 3,424hp. Because nothing is to good for "Big Mike," builder Mike Harrah (bearded guy in the video) matted the engine to an Allison transmission housed in a custom 359 Peterbilt with a custom built 40-foot chassis.

Largest Diesel Engine
The size of "Big Mike" is impressive, but the size of the largest diesel engine in the world will seriously take your breath away, so prepare yourself. I would like you to meet the Wärtsilä-Sulzer RTA96-C or "Tony" for short. 

"Tony" is 89 feet long and a whopping 44 feet wide. Are you ready for the horsepower this massive engine produces....a mind blowing 107,389 hp. It was designed by Finnish manufacturer Wärtsilä and powers the largest container ships in the world. The engine itself weighs over 2,300 tonnes and claims the official title of Largest Reciprocating Engine In The World. This engine was first put into service in 2006 to power the Emma Maersk, one of the largest container ship ever built.

When it comes to diesel engines, go big or go home. Mike Hannah showed us there is no limit to the size of an engine for a semi truck, and Wärtsilä showed us no engine is too impossible to build. TruckLogics salutes your love of powerful engines and can't wait to see what monster engines will be built to challenge Big Mike and thWärtsilä-Sulzer RTA96-C .

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