You would think this week’s Top Ten Tuesday subject would be an easy one. Favorite things to eat and/or drink while reading. Who doesn’t like eating and drinking and reading? But let’s see if there are actually 10 things. Or way more than 10 things???
To be fair, this question is a lot easier to answer in this age of digital content than it would have been before I got my first e-reader. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely still ate and drank while reading in those days. And still do when reading a paperback or hardcover book. It’s just that the options are limited when you have to hold the book and turn the pages. I know, I know, the horror!
Let’s get started…
My number one go to when reading is tea. The type of tea all depends on the season, my mood, and even what I’m reading at the time. (Above is a sampling of my stock of different teas.) Although, you can be sure it will be decaffeinated tea. That wasn’t always the case. When I was pregnant with my boys and cutting caffeine I stopped drinking coffee and caffeinated tea. Turns out I got so used to the taste of decaffeinated tea that I still, over 20 years later, find most caffeinated teas to taste odd. Oh, and no green tea. Turns out I have an intolerance to green tea and get a severely raw and sore throat that will last for days!
Did you think, from that lengthy tea paragraph above, that I don’t drink coffee? I sure do! I only gave it up while pregnant. That’s something I went right back to after the kids were born. I’ll indulge in a fancy coffee drink once in a while (after all, I was a barista for a while), but my every day coffee is black with a touch of sugar.
Apples and Cheese
This is a snack I love, especially a tart apple with a sharp cheddar. Since I eat this as a snack or lunch often and always pick up a book when I have down time, this has become a go-to reading eat. I make my life easier by cutting the apple up first. Bonus: this is one that’s even easy to eat with a paper book as long as you use your napkin!
I’ve never gotten the knack for eating cereal and reading a paper book, even as a kid it would drive me bonkers trying to eat my breakfast and turn my pages. But I’ve been known to have to wipe milk splatters from the screen of my Kindle…a lot.
I don’t drink this as much as tea or coffee, mostly because it’s not something I drink very often in the summer. I’m not sure why since I drink hot tea and coffee all year long??? A delicious mug of hot chocolate with a small candy cane hanging off the side is the perfect treat on a snowy winter day while curled up in a cozy blanket with a good Christmas romance.
On the flip side of the hot chocolate answer is this lemonade answer. I tend to not drink lemonade very often in the winter, but I drink a lot in the summer. Sitting out in my backyard with an icy class of cold lemonade and an exciting romantic suspense is my idea of an ideal summer afternoon.
Because who doesn’t want some cookies with their tea or coffee? And they’re a great finger food to boot. The only cookies I have a problem eating while reading are Oreos or Do-Si-Dos or any type of sandwich cookie. The urge to twist them apart and eat them in stages is too great for me to resist, but that also means messier hands.
The problem with eating a bowl of ice cream while reading is I don’t savor the ice cream enough. Before I know it the bowl is empty and I want more because I don’t even remember eating it all! Not good for the waistline.
Preferably a nice, warm, fresh muffin. I love to bake and whenever I make muffins I get the urge to grab my book and some tea to enjoy with my treat. My favorite changes depending on time of year. Right now I’m ready to start buying up some pie pumpkins and making my sticky pumpkin muffins.
Chocolate Covered Raisins
Really, any candy that is easy to eat will do. I have a massive sweet tooth. I’ll take M&M’s (peanut butter are my faves), Skittles, Good & Plenty, Reese’s Pieces, Red Vines, Kazoozles aka Sweettarts Ropes…whatever you have, I’ll eat it!
Really, I can now read while eating pretty much anything. But the above drinks and foods are my go-to snacks while reading.