Samefood is a term that I believe originated on Tumblr, and I absolutely love it. It describes foods that Autistic folks turn to over and over again, whether it be because of taste, texture, or some other combination of comfort and sensory factors. I have always had samefoods, although over the years they’ve rotated. Some of these I eat every day, and some not so often, but regardless of how often I consume them, I still consider them essentially the food version of stimming, and I can always use more stims in my life!
1. Cereal: Cereal has been one of my favorite foods for my entire life. The crunchy chunks combined with the creamy milk (which tastes amazing by the end!) means that I’ve always had some type of cereal in my daily rotation. Previous mentions have gone to Frosted Flakes, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Lucky Charms. Cheerios always take the number one spots though. It broke my heart when they stopped making Olympic Cheerios in 1996, and I’ve never quite forgiven them. These days, Honey Nut Cheerios are my favorite. I eat them for breakfast almost every day, which is nice because it makes the beginning of my day predictable. I will never accept soggy cereal, it is an abomination.
2. Granola Bars: While I am very picky about granola bars, they have a very important place in my life. My blood sugar has a tendency to drop without warning, and having something portable is really important. They’re also great to have around for food situations where there are no acceptable options for me to eat- they’ll hold me over for long enough for me to get safe food. While, if given the choice, I tend toward chewy granola bars that are only a step up from being a candy bar (although points to Trader Joe’s Chewy Bars for having some decent fiber), I like some flavors of Clif Bars, especially the Peanut Chocolate Chip ones. Combine one of those with a glass of milk, and you get a decently protein-y snack.
3. Toast: I love toast. I love Cinnamon Toast, I love Peanut Butter Toast, I love Sourdough Toast. Basically, I could have just written that sentence as Carbs Carbs Carbs and been happy with it. We keep multiple loaves of bread in the freezer so there will always be toast options. This has gotten more complicated since my wife went Gluten Free because toast crumbs contaminate everything, but luckily, she realizes how important toast is to my diet. Coming off years of eating “lite buttery spread” thanks to my eating disorder, I have rediscovered salted butter and oh boy have I been making up for the years I missed. I don’t actually like non-toasted bread, I think it has a soggy texture, but as long as it’s gorgeously golden brown, give me all the toast!
4. Crackers: I am pickier about crackers than I am even about cereal. There are some really great textured crackers out there, and there are some that are like torture! For me, you can never go wrong with saltines. The square ones that come in sleeves are good, but that circular organic ones are even better. I can eat those plain indefinitely, especially if I’ve got some creamy peanut butter to mix things up with. Matzoh is not your standard cracker, but it definitely hits the same notes for me. Granted, you have to stock up during Passover, but that’s evened out by the fact that the Gluten Free stuff is pretty good. I also love Goldfish crackers, although only the original brand and the original flavor. These are so salty and good, but not at all neutral like a saltine is. I have to be in the right mood, but when I am, all I want is Goldfish.
So, what have we learned? One, I really seem to like carbs. Not a surprise, most of my diet is made up of carbs, they’re safer texture wise than anything else. Two, apparently I’m all about the peanut butter, which is surprising for me, given how very picky I am about it (Jif, creamy). Three, I like things with a crispy, crunchy texture, and consider anything soggy to be an abomination.
So what do you guys like to eat? Favorite textures or flavors? Tell me about your Samefoods!