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Readathon activities – Snacks and recipes

This entry is part 15 of 32 in the series Read-a-thon

Readathon activities release your inner foodie

Major readathon activities include snacks, food, and recipes

Readathon Food Loot

Readathons demand energy so snacks, food, and recipes become an important component to any discussion of readathon tips. Having a plan that is geared to light and healthy food is a good way to ensure success for an all-day or 24-hour marathon readathon like the upcoming semi-annual Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-Thon. You definitely want to prevent any impromptu runs to the grocery store.

Some of my readathon activities in the preparation stage have to do with the food.  I create a menu with an accompanying grocery list. While chips and dips are definitely a favorite — Who can only eat one?– my list also includes fun, fresh foods like Honeycrisp apples, Clementines, seedless grapes, Hummus, crackers, and assorted cheese. Today, I picked up ingredients to make Bruschetta, a Spring Frittata, and my Nanny’s Open-Faced Sandwiches.

Readathon activities with food – My Bruschetta experiment

Bruschetta is an antipasto from Italy whose origin dates to at least the 15th century. It consists of grilled bread rubbed with garlic and topped with olive oil, salt and pepper. Wikipedia

Why Bruschetta? It doesn’t take long and it’s delicious. I have never made Bruschetta. Had my first taste — it was heavenly — a week ago in an Italian restaurant on Monterey Bay, California. Later, my friend made her recipe for me to try. I am now on a Bruschetta mission. To that end I bought the needed ingredients: garlic, sourdough baguette, olive oil, fresh basil, and a healthy amount of red, vine-ripened tomatoes. (I already had the olive oil.) My plan is to make bruschetta on Saturday.

What’s the recipe? Well, I don’t have one. My friend doesn’t measure so I plan to play around and taste to get a pesto I like and go from there. However, I have found an e-book if you’d prefer a recipe. Check out Bruschetta! The Ultimate Recipe Guide – Over 30 Delicious Best Selling Recipes.

Readathon activities and preparation include food and snacks

Spring Avocado-Spinach Souffle Frittata

More readathon activities focused on food

Frittata is an egg-based Italian dish similar to an omelette or crustless quiche, enriched with additional ingredients such as meats, cheeses, vegetables or pasta. Wikipedia

Sunday is Frittata Day. Frittatas are easy fare: easy to make and easy to eat. A frittata is like a blank canvas with the ability to become anything you choose. I love asparagus, and I love avocados. I also love eggs and cheese. It’s my fate to use those ingredients to create a frittata. On Mother’s Day earlier this year, I decided to create a frittata for my 98 year-old mom. Gathering my favorite ingredients, I soon had exactly what I wanted: a cheerful Spring Frittata.

I do have the recipe to share. You may have read some of my posts about how I use Squidoo as a publishing platform, so it won’t surprise you if I tell you I have a Squidoo lens that is all about my frittata, complete with recipe. You’ll find it here at Enjoy oven-baked frittatas from breakfast to dinner.


I also found a recipe e-book that can be downloaded called Simply Frittata: When Only a Great Frittata Matters.

A frittata is perfect for a readathon. It’s light so it won’t weigh you down and cause you to fall asleep. I like to add clementines to the plate for a pop of color and a burst of energy.

A bit of bacon and a bite of apple

Readathon activities include food and snacks for energy and fun.

Nanny’s Open-Faced Sandwiches

If bacon is more to your liking, then you might enjoy another recipe I’ve shared on Squidoo. My grandmother used to make these open-faced sandwiches for me when I was a little kid and they’ve been my favorite forever. (You’ll find a photo of my Nanny there, too.) I like to make a couple extras and keep them in the fridge. When it’s time for another break, the sandwich is ready to be wrapped in a paper towel and popped into the microwave for 30 seconds or so. Try Nanny’s easy open-faced sandwiches.

Readathon activities require energy and the Honeycrisp apple delivers. When it comes to a quick snack, let me sing the praises of the great Honeycrisp apple. It’s a wonderful thing when serendipity strikes and Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-Thon occurs during Honeycrisp season. These are the perfect apples to have on hand as you turn the pages of book after book after book. To learn more about them, check out Honeycrisp Apples – A favorite fall fruit.

Finally, I’m a huge fan of the Whole Foods Market Tarragon Chicken Salad. I absolutely love it and have been pretty bummed to find some of my local Whole Foods store shelves lacking this particular chicken salad. The Whole Foods Market website actually has posted their recipe for Tarragon Chicken Salad.

I am now officially in readathon foodie heaven and must go now to prepare for all my food-related readathon activities. I am ramping up for the big Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-thon this weekend. I hope you’ll join in the fun — leave your ideas, snacks, recipes and other readathon activities in comments below.

  • IMAGES & AFFILIATE CREDITS: Photo credits: Readathon Food Loot and Spring Avocado-Asparagus Souffle Frittata and Nanny’s Open-Faced Sandwiches 2013  copyright Vikk Simmons; Honeycrisp apples via University of Minnesota Apples; Book covers and titles via Amazon.com affiliate program.

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