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.
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.
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]