The Art of Snacking

andrew liefI enjoy snacking well.

Think of all the ways you snack.  Some ways are more efficient than others, obviously, but they all have positives and negatives.  In my opinion, the most efficient way to snack is via a vending machine.

Think about it.  You can go to a machine and for 75 cents or $1 you can get a snack that satisfies your hunger needs. This is a more convenient way to get a snack that you need for just one snacking session than to schlep yourself to the supermarket.

Now, when you arrive at the vending machine it might seem daunting, but don’t worry, friends.  As always, I have a solution to help you make a delicious and smart choice.

Unless you only have $1 or less on you, there’s no reason for you to not getting something salty, as well as sweet.  Seriously, what are you doing with your life if you don’t get something from each genre?

If you’re only able to make one purchase, it’s going to be okay. There’s a simple solution: Pretzel M&M’s.  They give you the salty and sweet combination that everyone deserves all in one package.

So let’s do a quick play-by-play of the decision making process of how you’re going to decide what you want to snack.  In this scenario you will have $2, which will allow you to get something that’s salty and sweet.

Here we go:

You get to the vending machine and it’s a standard vending machine with all of those classics.

On the salty side you have original flavored chips, barbecue flavored chips, popcorn, Doritos, pretzels and Fritos.

On the sweet side you have your regular M&M’s, peanut M&M’s, Snickers, Milky Way, Hershey bar, Hershey bar with almonds, Butterfingers, Skittles, Twizzlers and some other stuff depending on the machine.

I’m a pretty plain guy, so when I step in front of the vending machine I generally go with the same choices every time.  I like to get some Fritos for my salt and either M&M’s or a Hershey bar for my sweet.

The standard vending machine has some mints and gum at the bottom, but let’s be real, nobody gets those. The only people who get them think they have bad breath. The reason these items are put at the bottom and not at eye-level is because they are not popular.

The only time I ever find myself disappointed after a vending machine trip is when the vending machine isn’t operating properly, which as a result doesn’t allow me to be completely happy during my snacking.  And nobody wants to be unhappy while snacking.

You might be overwhelmed when making your decision, but that is certainly okay.   Deciding on what to snack on is an overwhelming process and definitely brings out the worst of people. My advice would be to just take three deep breaths and then purchase what your tummy is craving because this decision will ultimately make or break your idea, so you have to literally go with what your gut is telling you.

Now, if I know my readers I know right now they’re saying, “Andrew, you’ve just imparted all this wisdom onto us about snacking, but what the hell am I supposed to drink with my snacks?”

Well, friends, that’s a story for another day.