Depending on your political affiliation, television preference or whether you check your school emails regularly, last week probably fell between “yikes” and “dear sweet lord” in terms of stress levels. So, in the interest of having a lighter, sillier opinion post this week, here’s my top five snacks to stress-eat while we face whatever the rest of the month holds for us.
Ruffles are the potato chip brand I buy most often, because they’ve got just the right salt content to satisfy my mineral cravings and are thick enough for a good crunch. I like to eat mine with chopsticks, with no dip and in between rounds of Among Us with my brothers.
4. Gummy Bears
The only non-chocolate-or-salt snack on this list, gummy bears are easy to find and easy to eat. Plus they’ve got a nice chewy texture that keeps you from just inhaling them, meaning they last longer. They’re a nice fruity taste that’s a good refresher if you’ve been indulging in mostly salty or chocolatey snacks.
3. Sunflower Seeds
One time in middle school my mom bought me a huge baseball bucket of bags of roasted sunflower seeds. I finished the whole bucket within the year. Sunflower seeds are the perfect mix of salt and crunch and give your mouth something to work on while you do homework. However, you will need something to keep the shells in (assuming you’re eating them shelled, which is the correct way in my humble opinion). Also, sometimes there are bugs in the shells, which is why this is only No. 3 on the list.
2. Kit Kats
Kit Kats have been a favorite candy of mine since I was a little kid, and they’re still one of my favorites now. I like to take the mini ones and peel the wrapper open like a banana, and then slurp the candy up like you would if you were drinking from a straw. It sounds strange, but it’s really fun.
I prefer the mini ones over the giant ones, which don’t have the same light crunch as the mini Kit Kats.
Snickers are my top-tier snack, because they contain peanuts. Peanuts are high in protein and have been linked to a reduced rate of heart disease. Therefore, this snack is the healthiest one. Snickers also tend to be a bit more filling, so they’re great when I feel too tired to leave my room and actually cook food.
With this list, I’m confident I’ve found the ultimate group of stress-eating snacks for maximum efficiency and minimal mess (aside from candy wrappers). May my metabolism last me through the rest of this election season!