The Foods We Eat For No Apparent Reason
Snacks and who can eat them
Do you love to eat snacks between meals? Are you like me and love to eat snacks at anytime of the day or night? Hey, let's shake hands, high-five or maybe a healthy chest bump for we are normal people. We have nothing to be ashamed of. Millions of Americans are into snacking and I am not talking celery with a glass of purified water either.
I am talking "hardcore" regular potato chips, not the lite brands, but the ones it takes a real man or woman to eat them. Also included in my snack list are the snacks to the right and those coming later in this hub.
Snacking: We just do it.
But why do we snack? There are several reasons why. I cannot answer for you, but myself when I answer my own question: Why do I snack? For the delicious taste and how I feel when I nibble a Saltine cracker or a bag of popcorn. I do not snack as an addiction, so put away your plans to fly to my home and have a "Food Intervention" with me. Thanks.
I have grown into changing how I look at snacks, so pat me on the back. I now call snacks . . .
The Foods We Eat For No Apparent Reason
This is my "Snacks Hall of Fame"
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Potato chips -- Bert Lahr, the "Cowardly Lion," in The Wizard of Oz, was right when he was the spokes-lion for Lay's potato chips, "Nobody can eat just one." Well to be honest, one time a few years ago, I did this seemingly-impossible task. I ate "one" Lay's potato chip. And that was it. No, I did not win any prize.
English walnuts -- I am guilty. But these little rascals are great to munch while watching your favorite movie about snacks or The Food Channel.
Caramels -- in the clear paper. Man, these are great anytime of the day. (Speaking only for me). I can put some in my shirt pocket and even eat them on the way to church.
Raisins -- are a two-way snack. They are healthy as they are good for our blood. But what a great taste.
Rice Chex -- you bet I snack on this cereal at times like watching football on television or during early fall. I even mix this with Wheat Chex, raw peanuts, and melt a cup of "real" butter in my microwave and put it over my mix and hit my recliner and snack my way to a good nap.
Beef Jerky -- the kind you buy already seasoned and ready to consume. Although healthy, I consider jerky a snack and that one trait, it's healthy, keeps me from stocking-up on this item.
Pretzels -- are what I call a "purebred" snack. It's tasty, salty, and I can eat a half-bag if only my two favorite football teams, the Chicago Bears and my Alabama Crimson Tide are winning.
Butterfinger bits -- or bites as I call them. This snack food insults me and I can tell you why. I love the regular size Butterfinger candy bars and if I want a couple of these delicious candies, I shall eat them. I have substituted this candy many times for an after-dinner dessert. But the Butterfinger bites, no way will I elect them to my "Super Snack" Hall of Eats.
Cantaloupe or Watermelon -- sliced-up and served in bowls. Do not get in contact with my wife, but I love to snack on these perfect melon slices while I am watching The Sting, my all-time favorite movie. If you tell my wife about my love for these melons, she might declare all of my other snacks off-limits and I do not want that.
Popsicles -- are not really a sit-and-eat snack. They have to be eaten by a deadline or your shirt and pants will be soaked in the tasty strawberry mixture and you might be an easy target for ants.
Peanuts covered in chocolate -- are risky to eat as a snack. You cannot hold them in your hand for a long period of time for they will melt leaving your palms covered in chocolate. I do not mind this inconvenience, but I had rather "chow down" on them so I can get about my business.
Peppermint balls -- either in hard or soft style, they are good to snack on during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays while you wait for the main course of turkey, ham or baked chicken along with the dressing, potato salad and a few cakes and pies to round-out a great meal.
Pretzel sticks -- I should have put this one with the "pretzels" above, but I forgot. Okay? But I do love these tasty items that I seem to not ever get my fill. Morning, noon, or night. Holidays or regular days. It doesn't matter. They are well-suited for anytime you need a snack.
Bacon bits -- are from my past snack encounters when I was famished. I used to see people eat these on (it's hard to say this word), "salads," and it hit me. These would be great all by themselves. I was right.
French fry sticks -- I loved to get these when grocery stores stocked them, but I do not think that today I could bribe a grocer to get them for me. Rats!
Caramel popcorn -- is okay, but not for a full-time snack selection. I get concerned when you mix two snacks like caramel as I mentioned in the beginning and popcorn. If I want caramels, I shall eat them and the same for popcorn. I get confused when they are mixed.
Here are some foods that I have ruled-out as ever being a snack:
- Left-over or freshly-baked turkeys.
- Cornbread left-over from the day before.
- Bologna sandwiches.
- Beef stew.
You see, all items in this list are foods to be eaten at mealtime and not eaten as snacks.
I hope you have learned a thing or two about what we eat and what we eat without thinking. Oh, can someone please pass the fried peanuts?