Do I Munch?

Does a Bear Snack in the Woods?

By Jeff Salter

Well, you know what I mean. Asking whether I snack is like asking Superman if he has a cape. Duh. Snacking is my life. Well, that, plus napping. Uh, and watching movies. Oh, and reading. Of course, I also write a lot. Oh, heck… anybody who knows me knows I’m famous for snacking. And, yes… I snack as I write.

So the actual question this week pertains to what we snack on while WRITING. Let me go get my list. Ha.


Former List

I have to break this up into two lists because – beginning in the fall of 2011 – I dropped everything containing gluten because of severe stomach issues (though I did NOT test positive for celiac itself). Anyhow, what I used to love snacking on was:

Oreos, Chips-Ahoy cookies, Ginger Snaps, Pretzels, cinnamon rolls, Twizzlers (I called them red licorice), and other products I can’t recall at the moment.

And, longer ago – because of the caffeine (rather than the gluten) – my go-to beverage switched from Coca-Cola Classic to Root Beer.

Current List

These days, I concentrate on “straight” chocolate (i.e., with nothing added that might contain gluten) such as a Hershey Bar… or chocolate products which specify they’re gluten-free, like Butterfingers, Snickers, etc. Also (of course), M&Ms Plain and M&Ms Peanut.

In the mornings, my primary beverage is coffee, but by afternoon/evening, I’m usually drinking juice. It’s a customized blend of half Cran-Apple and half White Grape-Peach. So I guess it’s got about 25% of each flavor. They should bottle it that way and call it Jeff Juice. LOL. [I mostly gave up root beer about the time (2010-2011) I was trying to solve my stomach crisis. I had figured all that carbonation was not doing my tummy any good. But I still have a root beer now and then… maybe a couple of times per month.]


There you have my lists of snacks, but I should comment on the frequency. While I’m just puttering along, I don’t actually snack as much as you might imagine. But when I’m sprinting – those weekly hours of concentrated typing on one WIP or another – I usually devour M&Ms and Mixed Nuts.

Interestingly, when I watch TV downstairs – a couple of times per week, typically – my favorite snack is Cousin Willie’s Kettle Corn popcorn. Willie kindly popped it before hand, so it requires no effort beyond opening the bag.


Do YOU snack a lot? What are your “go-to” snacks?

[JLS # 316]

About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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10 Responses to Do I Munch?

  1. During the weekly sprints I don’t snack. I will he something waiting for me for after the sprint though.

    It had to be hard giving up those snacks when you gave up gluten.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Your former list looks a lot like mine. I had to give them up because of what they did to my waistline. Your juice sounds great, but I’m not sure my tummy could handle a lot of it. Guess I’d better stick to my tea!


    • jeff7salter says:

      my waistline suffered also, as you can imagine. Fortunately, after I began exercising again, I was able to keep a semblance of equilibrium.


    • jeff7salter says:

      oh, yeah, it was tough giving up my favorites. And the G-F counterfeits fall way below my expectations.


  2. When I thought this topic up, Jeff, I knew I could count on you! (Not-so) Funny how we have had to change our lives when our health changes. But we manage to find some goodies for ourselves!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      I think I surprised my close family members by the discipline I’ve exercised in staying clear of gluten.
      The marketplace is doing more and more to cater to the G-F crowd, so new replacement products are showing up. But they’re expensive, typically.


  3. jbrayweber says:

    I try hard not to snack. I battle the bulge daily. *sigh* Life is so unfair. I pretty much love all the foods you listed, though I’m not a fan of juice. Did I mention how unfair life is? I chew a lot of gum or pop Orange Mint lifesavers to keep from snacking. My drink of choice is Sugar-Free Rock Star energy drink. I just like the taste and I sip it throughout the day, so it’s not really used for the energy. But if I could snack without consequence, I’d be all about Peanut M&M’s and Twizzlers. *shakes fists in air* Damn you calories!


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    • jeff7salter says:

      those energy drinks — are they loaded with caffeine?
      Yeah, Twizzlers could make a meal for me. Until I found out they were heavily infused with wheat [gluten], I could down a package before they’d go stale.
      For me, juice is big simply because I hate the non-taste of water. I know people who guzzle water all day — more power to them. But water makes me gag.


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