Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly themed post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is only tangentially bookish: Top Ten Favorite Things to Eat/Drink While Reading. I haven’t had breakfast yet, so preparing this post is making me majorly crave some snacks, but for you, dear readers, I am willing to make that sacrifice. As usual, these answers are in no particular order.
Spoiler alert: coffee is not on my list. I love the aesthetic of a latte and a novel (and like any basic white girl, I love me some Starbucks when I can afford it/when I have a gift card/when I’ll get tons of bonus stars) but too much caffeine makes me anxious, so I try to avoid making coffee a habit. One cup to start the day at work, two if I’m really tired, and that’s it.
1. Bar Harbor Blueberry Green Tea
I got a box of this while I was actually in Bar Harbor this summer, and boy, do I love it. It tastes like summer, and green tea in general just has a sophisticated vibe that pairs perfectly with books.
2. Twinings Spiced Apple Chai
Much better suited to chilly fall/winter days, with its seasonally appropriate spices (cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, etc) but I love it year-round.
3. Dot’s pretzels
These things are so addictive, my family and I sometimes refer to them as “crack pretzels.” They have a…flavored powder on them? I don’t know what it is or how to describe it, but trust me when I say it’s delicious.
4. Berries (of any sort)
I seriously love fruit. Berries are especially good for eating while reading, because you can grab them without looking away from the page.
5. M&Ms (including both caramel and peanut varieties, as well as the classic ones)
Bite-size, munchable, chocolatey. Enough said.
6. Portillo’s chocolate malt
Oddly specific? Maybe, but it’s the best. Portillo’s is an Illinois restaurant chain (with a smattering of locations in other states) known for their hotdogs, Italian beef, milkshakes, and more. Drinks you can have with a straw are a million times better for sipping while reading, because you don’t have to look away from the page to consume them!
7. Veggies with hummus
Shut up. I know you’re not supposed to have healthy things on this list, but they’re SO GOOD. Especially if the hummus is a flavored one, like roasted red pepper, or artichoke and spinach. I was literally eating some of these while buried in a book this weekend.
8. Cheetos puffs
Just need to make sure I don’t touch the hook with the same hand I grabbed them with, lest I smear orange dust across the pages. Probably better-suited for reading on my Kindle.
9. Pirate’s Booty
Also cheesy and crunchy and puffy, but it’s white cheddar, so it won’t stain the pages quite so badly 😅
Let’s be real: I read in bed a lot, and I don’t need crumbs getting in there, and there’s no good way to balance a drink on your bed unless it’s in a bottle (since I don’t have a nightstand).
That’s it for today–hopefully this post didn’t make you too terribly hungry! Let me know what your go-to reading snacks are, or whether you’re a fan of any of mine.
Until next time,