Top Ten Tuesday 9/17 – You’re Getting Hungry…

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

The only thing missing from this picture is sugar snap peas, which are FANTASTIC with hummus and sorely underrated.

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 😅

10. Nothing
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,
Kathryn (“K-Specks”)

2 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday 9/17 – You’re Getting Hungry…

  1. dinipandareads September 18, 2019 / 3:22 am

    Great list! It definitely made me hungry, again 😂 I already went out for my lunch break to buy cheetos, oreos and an iced caramel macchiato because of the cravings came ALIVE last night while reading everyone’s posts haha after all the pretzels I’ve seen on people’s posts, I’m really craving them now too 🤤


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