Sneaky popcorn debate

Hey everyone! Hope you’re having a great day <3 WHOA! It looks like ya’ll wanted some macaroons! Keep those entries coming- I’ll announce the winner tonight after spin and Zumba 😀

I started the day with a lovely Cullen juice:


(4 carrots, 1/2 giant beet, and 1 gala apple)

And took the puppies on their morning excursion.


Just look at this little face!


Don’t you just want to hug her?? I’m going to miss my babies while I’m at school 🙁 I think I’ll miss the pilot, too 😉 We’re joking that it’s my turn to go on a deployment since he’ll be minding the home front while I’m away.

After walking for about 40 minutes with the puppies, we came back and they had dog food and a little peanut butter (they LOVE peanut butter) and I had the rest of my bfast.

Eggplant bacon rounds:


The recipe is in one of my favorite raw cookbooks and calls for 1 soaked dried chipotle pepper. I used 4. The marinade came out so spicy that when I smelled it last night, I erupted into a fit of coughing. They came out FIERY!! And I love them.

Also, raw chocolate cinnamon buckwheat crispies that I made last week with hemp milk and nanner.

004  When I shook the hemp milk container, the top came off and covered our counter in said milk and drowned one of my favorite Coach bags. Lovely. At least it tasted delicious, right??

I went into work for a couple of hours to read an issue of US weekly and chat take care of important biznaz, then it was time to save the puppies and make some lonchi.

Today, I went for Raw Caesar Salad


(I didn’t use very much lemon juice or apple cider vinegar, so the dressing was more of a paste)

And bell pepper and tomatoes with the rest of the dressing-paste and some goat jack cheese.


It was pretty much amazing and I couldn’t even finish it all, which is rare for me. Usually I have no issue cleaning my plate 😉

I’ve been working on tonight’s Zumba dances and still need to make a spin CD before I go teach –I’ll post the playlist for ya’ll tonight. After work, I’m coming home to make some Jambalaya. Oh yes 😀

Have a great afternoon! See ya tonight with a macaroon winner!

Ohhh, and Happy Birthday to VeggieMom! (VeggieGirl’s super cute madre)

Much love,


Something to do: Be sure to check out Katie’s blog for your chance to win an Upwelling CD! And if you don’t win, their album comes out TOMORROW! It’s good stuff… like SERIOUSLY good stuff! Their song “Wanderlust” rocks my face off.

*****My popcorn tip is on Yahoo! From a few comments on that post and the giveaway post, some people seem to have a problem that I suggest taking your own popcorn into the theatre. Yes, you’re not supposed to bring outside food/drink into a theatre, but I feel that bringing something healthy is different than sneaking in the same items that they offer at the concession stand, like candy and soda. If you want candy and soda, it’s available and should be purchased at the concession stand. I don’t bring my own popcorn for financial reasons, I bring my own snacks for health reasons.

I put a small baggie of healthy popcorn in my purse and don’t make it obvious—I might have a Larabar, or some dark chocolate in there too, but my purse almost always holds a couple of snacks. My thoughts are, until the movie theatres start serving food that I want to eat, I won’t buy anything or I’ll bring my own. I don’t think that there’s a need to stuff my face with an unhealthy choice to “financially support” the movie theatre. I may purchase a bottled water if I’m thirsty, but food wise, they do not offer a single item that I’d like to consume. When they start serving organic, butter-free popcorn, I’ll be all over that. Until then, I’ll sit there in peace and enjoy my homemade nutritional-yeast covered deliciousness.

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  1. Melissa on August 24, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    You go girl!!!!!!!!! I bring my own healthy food to theatres all the time!!! My body does not need overpriced, fatty, overly processed foods in it!

  2. Janessa on August 24, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Amen, sister! I’m with you on the popcorn thing. We’re lucky in Portland, in that some theaters actually have nutritional yeast for the popcorn. When I don’t go to those theaters though, I think bringing in your own snacks is perfectly acceptable. Frozen grapes make a really nice cold and sweet treat as well.

  3. Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) on August 24, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Rocky loves peanut butter too! I’ll fill those hollow bones with it and he licks his lips and taps his right paw while he waits. 😀 He gets so excited he can’t sit still.

    I agree with you on the popcorn. It’s nice to snack during movies and most theaters don’t offer anything but candy, popcorn, and nachos.

  4. Kailey (SnackFace) on August 24, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    AHHH!!!! I’m so sorry I haven’t commented since you’ve switched! It took a bit for me to find you, and then the weekend happened! Anyway, it’s GORGEOUS! I’m supah jealous (SnackFace needs a face lift, furreal).

    Ya know, I think there is nothing wrong with bringing your own food to theaters. I always have (thanks to mumsy), always will. Aside from the ridiculous cost, their popcorn A) most likely isn’t vegan, and B)is going to make me feel like poo. No thank you! Conversely, I’ve definitely had my fair share of movie theater popcorn in my lifetime. Just probably won’t do it anymore!

    Have a gorgeous Monday!

  5. VeggieGirl on August 24, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Thank you for the birthday shout-out for VeggieMom!! She says thank you very much 😀

    Love the Cullen juice, hahaha.

  6. Stephanie on August 24, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    I always bring my own snacks to the movies! I worked in a movie theater many years ago, and when I read the ingredient label on the “butter” (which is really oil) and saw that it contains 50 grams of saturated fat per serving,I stopped eating it!! It doesn’t just come on top of the popcorn, it is cooked in it!

  7. Paige on August 24, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Heck yeah! Preach on. I went to a movie and wanted something sweet on Saturday and instead of eating skittles, I brought in Annies Bunny Grahams. So much healthier!

  8. Emily on August 24, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    I definitely don’t see anything wrong with bringing your own snacks to the movies – for monetary or health reasons! The movie theaters charge exorbitant amounts for very unhealthy food. Since they already charge a premium on tickets, I certainly don’t feel bad bringing my own snacks! Munch on! 🙂

  9. Sarah on August 24, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    I always take stuff into the movie theatre! I’m half financially motivated and half health. I refuse to pay as much as they charge for concessions ESPECIALLY when there are no healthy options. I figure they got enough out of me from the ticket that I am not hurting them too bad. And maybe it will influence them to start making some better options available? We can dream right 😉

  10. K on August 24, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Oh no to the Coach-tastrophe! That’s so sad! At least you got a tasty breakfast 🙂

  11. kristin on August 24, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    oh please, if people give you trouble about bringing popcorn to the movies – they are crazy!

    can you give us exact measurements on that fake cheese with nutritional yeast, etc? how long do you pop the kernels?

  12. A on August 24, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Don’t feel bad about bringing popcorn into the movie theater!! I bring my own snacks…. I bring them for health AND money reasons. The food they serve is ridiculously fatty AND overpriced!!
    Once again… I love the new blog… I have a request…. can you put the cullen juice recipe in your cookbook section?? I would love to try it out…. I can’t remember what all you put in it though 🙁

  13. Mari on August 24, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    I also bring my own 100 calorie popcorn when I go to the movies lol and some other healthy snacks…

  14. Heather on August 24, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    I just had the “bringing your own snacks to the theater” convo with my uncle the other day. my argument was also, that if they catered to my dietary needs(i’m gluten,dairy,casein, and egg intolerant) then it would work out fine, but they don’t. So, I bring my own 🙂
    I find no moral dilemma in doing so 🙂
    Good for you, too!

  15. Shannon (The Daily Balance) on August 24, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    don’t sweat the Yahoo! comments. I write for Yahoo Shine weekly and when the editor contacted me to do so, she let me know right away just how opinionated most of the readers are on there and that they’ll argue just about anything! I ALWAYS bring my own snacks to the theatre. Theatres charge us an arm and a leg just to SEE the movie– i’m sure they’ll do just fine without our $10 for fatty popcorn

    xo 😉

  16. Jennie {in Wonderland} on August 24, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Oh goodness! People need to stop being so judgmental. I always take things into the movie theatre with me – no way am I eating that crap they call popcorn and the oil disguised as ‘real butter’.

    Besides, it’s too expensive and the health risks in the long run far out-weigh the superficiality of ‘supporting the theatre’ who are already enjoying huge profits from ‘super sizing’ everyone’s drinks!!

  17. Andrea (Off Her Cork) on August 24, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Um, at like 10bucks a ticket, I think the movie theaters are making enough money. Of course people bring their own food. Everybody does that! Jeeze. And ditto Gina, if they start offering food I want to eat, then maybe I’ll consider buying some.

  18. Jenna on August 24, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    omg i always bring my own snacks into the theater. there is no way i will eat that junk food at high rediculous prices!

  19. luxferra on August 24, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    There is nothing wrong (in my eyes) with taking your own healthy snack to the movies. It’s not like you are trying to sell it. Plus, their popcorn is so salty and covered in chemicals… who would want to eat that?

    Your puppies are so adorable! 🙂

  20. Angharad on August 24, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    I have NO moral dilemma about bringing snacks into the theater. The prices they charge for a sugar overload is practically daylight robbery! Although my ma-in-law once made the mistake of bringing carrot sticks. Note: crunchy, healthy snacking sounds are a big giveaway!

  21. Kate G. on August 24, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    AMEN to your thoughts on bringing your own snacks to the theatre 🙂 i 110% agree!

  22. Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) on August 24, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    I love your theory on popcorn!
    I do the same thing and explained it the same way to someone – they don’t have good enough options for me- when they do I’ll buy it there.

  23. Shelby on August 24, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Sorry about your bag!! What a horrible accident!

    I made you caesar salad recipe the other day and it was AMAZING. I also didn’t use too much water so it was thick and pasty but so delicious. Too bad I ate it all before snapping a picture.

    I totally agree on the popcorn debate! It’s not like I’m bringing in a candy bar. If they had better options I totally would buy it (for a reasonable price!).

  24. lizzy on August 24, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Gorgeous NEW blog page!! wooooo, lovin the shade of pink you chose! And heck yes to bringing in healthy popcorn to a movie. Movie theaters should start offering healthier goodies if they have a problem with it. I have never been confronted for pulling out a small treat inside a theater. i think that it’s alright to do as long as it’s done in a considerate manner, and doesn’t distract other viewers!! you rocked with that post!!!

  25. Heather on August 24, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    I made some Cullen juice on Saturday and it was fantastic. I need to do a repeat tomorrow. I didn’t know bringing your own snacks to the movies was such a debate! I do it for both reasons– financial AND health. Going to the movies is already expensive enough for me ($10!) so paying $4 for a bottle of water is RIDICULOUS. I normally bring my Sigg and healthy snacks (Larabar, dates with AB, dark chocolate, crackers, something) but even when I ate junk I snuck it in because the 300% markup at movie theaters is ridiculous. I know they’ve gotta make due, but make things semi-affordable for people! But I guess that’s my rant 🙂 Maybe one day movie theaters will offer up healthy stuff. There’s a great independent theater in Orlando (well, Winter Park) that has great food, wine and dessert. Being able to sip some wine and eat a salad while I’m watching a movie in a comfy chair is pure bliss.

  26. Lara on August 24, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Hi! Just want to say I love your blog! I have been wondering…what brand of juicer do you use to make your veggie/fruit juice concoctions? I want to buy one, but am clueless as to which ones are worth the money! Thanks 🙂

  27. Katie on August 24, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Oh Gina, I love you so. Thank you so much for the shoutout!

    I’ve wanted that Matthew Kenney cookbook since you first started blogging about it last year… I’m seriously digging everything raw right now.

    Congrats on your Yahoo fame! I also bring my own snacks to the movies… to save not just my arteries, but my wallet. Theater food is so expensive!

  28. Jenna on August 24, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Your doggies are too freakin’ adorable 🙂

    I am a huge advocate of bringing snacks into the theater too!

  29. angieinatlanta on August 24, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    I sneak healthy eats into the theater, too! I figure it’s only fair until the theaters start offering healthy eats to purchase!

  30. kate on August 24, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    I just wanted to say how much I love your bloggy. And your cullen juices–they are my fav as well (I like to add a little fresh ginger in there too)! Funny story about snacks at the movies–while I was waiting with my sister to get her popcorn, I actually pulled my aluminum water bottle out of my bag at the concession stand and plopped it right on the counter (not thinking) and none of the employees said a word. Yay for bringing healthy snacks to the movies–if they set up a juice bar in the lobby, I would be all over that, but until they do, I will continue to sneak in my healthy snacks (and water bottles, lol) as well.

  31. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on August 24, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    I can’t believe the time that people have on their hands…to worry about what someone else is eating. In a dark movie theater no less. Pul-eeze people. You tell em girl. For anyone on a budget or for families, I think that after you’ve spent at minimum $20-25 for tickets for 2 people, more like 40 bucks for the family, if you bring a couple things discreetly in your purse for everyone’s HEALTHY snacking pleasure, then who really gives. Since the beginning of time grandmother’s have been bringing in little boxes of raisins for kids, teenage girls have been bringing in bubble gum, and health conscious people have been smuggling in their carrot sticks and larabars. Nuff said.

    As for your destroyed Coach bag…girlfriend I would be cryin’. Not even able to blog. So sorry!!!!!!!

  32. Emily on August 25, 2009 at 3:15 am

    I love how spicy you go! Relating back to the previous post I had never thought to cook up the jalapeno slices (I just dump them on my plate straight out of the jar!). I now have a job here and am now looking for an apartment. After that comes dehydrator and EGGPLANT BACON! I can’t wait 🙂 & I completely agree on cinema snacking. If I wanted m&m’s I’d buy them there, but they don’t sell larabars or anything remotely healthful. I do enjoy having wine there though, so I always buy that at their bar.

  33. Jessica on August 25, 2009 at 4:07 am

    As someone who worked at a movie theatre for several years (although not a large, chain one) we had no problem with people bringing in whatever food they wanted. And my theatre made all of our money off concession sales (people don’t seem to realize that box office sales just barely cover the costs of the film prints and maybe a portion of the staff wages).

    Like you, I always bring my own food to the theatre, no matter what it is, and I don’t even bother hiding it. If they want to tell me that I’m not allowed to provide my own food they can but I’ve never had a comment because quite frankly they don’t have the right to monitor my possessions. There are more than enough people willing to buy the concession foods but I’m not one of them. And I will never pay for water – I’m completely against the concept of commercializing water so they’d have to take me down kicking and screaming if they ever gave me flack for my water bottle.

  34. Joanna on August 25, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Nice! Totally agree

  35. Erin on August 29, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    So I’ve been reading your blog for at least two months Gina, and I JUST figured out why you call it Cullen juice.


    Thanks for introducing that kind of juice though! I just got me a juicer and I’m so pumped to use it all the time!!

    • Fitnessista on August 29, 2009 at 10:34 pm

      ahaha that’s so cute 😀

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