What I ate on Valentine’s Day & chocolate coconut popcorn

Did you all have a good love filled day yesterday? Honestly, it felt like any other day around here except we opened overpriced cards during breakfast. Mine had pop up dogs on it. #winning

 
Here’s the rundown of the Valentine’s Day eats.

Breakfast:

Similar to last week, we have the fruit bowl that’s hiding a yogurt/cottage cheese mixture with two eggs and an english muffin. Again, looks like a lot, I thought it was a decent breakfast and yet I almost passed out during my lunch time workout from hunger. I just don’t get my stomach.

Lunch:

This was a two part meal because after a 2 mile HIIT run and a bodyrock workout, (<–I liked that one a lot) I literally felt like I was going to pass out from low blood sugar but at the same time, “real” lunch foods sounded totally unappetizing. This was a cherry vanilla protein smoothie that I poured in a bowl because I wanted some toppings on it.

Part 2 about an hour later:

The last bit of cranberry quinoa salad and a cheddar/avocado melt.

Snack:

After seeing all the posts from the Food Matter’s Project, I’ve had popcorn on my brain this week which is where this snack comes into play.

Dark chocolate coconut popcorn. If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been a bit obsessed with this chocolate coconut combination. It’s been in almond butter, brownies and now popcorn.

At first, I only poured half the bag into my bowl but when that was gone in about 2 minutes, I went back for more.

I just popped a bag of plain popcorn, poured melted coconut oil over it while still hot and then sprinkled with chopped dark chocolate & shredded coconut and tossed it all together. When the popcorn cools, the coconut oil hardens and makes some of the chocolate stick to the popcorn. I justified eating almost the entire bag by telling myself it was better than eating a brownie!

Dinner:

I had thoughts about making something fancy and Valentine’s-esque like a filet, but when it came down to it, I was just too lazy to leave the house. Back up plan was this cajun shrimp soup I saw on Heidi’s blog the other day that looked simple, comforting and delicious which is exactly what it was. I made it as is except sans basil (none on hand) and I added some chopped kale at the end for some extra veggies (in the spirit of this month’s WIAW theme).

An unpictured brownie was also consumed while watching Downton Abbey. Thank you to all who recommended it last week, it’s now my newest obsession. I only wish there were more seasons! This is going to make me sound like a huge dork, but the music in the beginning gives me chills. I love it and it makes me wish I still played clarinet in full orchestra. I feel this way when seeing musicals too. I just want to jump in the orchestra pit and start playing!

Little random tidbit…in high school, I was first clarinet and Ulysses was first cello (although he never learned how to read sheet music, he memorized it all!). We played in full orchestra together but didn’t start dating until after he had graduated (he’s 2 years older) and had never spoken to each other while he was in high school. Two years later after a few months of dating, he asked me if I still had those “Jesus sandals” (remember the leather, strappy things from the mid-late 90s? You know you had a pair). I used to wear them all the time. I was basically like “wtf? How did you know what SHOES I wore?” and that’s when he said he remembered them from orchestra practice. Fuh-reaky! All I remember about him is making out with his ex-girlfriend in the hallways before the bell would ring and he remembers what shoes I wore. Weird.

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  1. 1

    I always think my breakfasts are going to hold me over, but somehow I start to get hungry 3′ish hours after breakfast ALWAYS!

  2. 2

    I didn’t make dinner last night. I ate so much pizza at lunch that all I had was some greek yogurt. My husband made hot dogs on the grill! lol Were so romantic!!

  3. 3

    HAHA jesus sandals …so funny that he remembered LMAO..that is kinda creepy but clearly he had his eyes on you from the very beginning ;) that cajun shrimp soup looks so delicious and comforting and sounds like its got great flavor! i wish i had time in the mornings to make a great breakfast like you did…just not enough time! plus, at 530am, I don’t want to be frying eggs..it’s probably a hazard anyway.

  4. 4

    Mmm that avocado and cheese sandwich looks so good!

  5. 5

    It’s cute that he noticed. He’s clearly very observant and had his eye on you for a while. True love right there.

  6. 6

    Jesus sandals- haha. Yup, totally owned a pair! I must try your coconut and popcorn concoction. Funny thing is that I’m not a big coconut fan, but I’m really anxious to try the oil.
    PS- do you have a post somewhere on your food photography? Can you send me the link? It’s gorgeous.

  7. 7

    mmm love the opened face avo sandwich with cheese. A little sea salt goes a long way with avocado too. And I always forget about how good popcorn is until its sitting in front of me already popped (and preferably drizzled in chocolate of course).

  8. 8

    Ha, cute story there at the end. :)

    I too have been eating a lot of popcorn, but I’ve been having trouble finding just the right toppings. I’m totally going to steal a couple ideas from the seasoned popcorn link you provided.

  9. 9

    Yummy!!! I want to dive into that smoothie right now! You always take such nice pictures! So happy you guys had a nice night :)

  10. 10

    Never thought of putting chocolate on popcorn, I’ll bet it’s good!

  11. 11

    Story of my breakfast life! The cheddar/avocado melt sounds right up my alley!

  12. 12

    Looks like you had a delicious day! I just cooked my popcorn in coconut oil but I will also try drizzling some on top since I had a hard time getting the chocolate to stick!

  13. 13

    Your photos are always so bring and beautiful! I want to eat all of my meals in your kitchen (or wherever you take pictures. :-))

  14. 15

    love the looks of that popcorn! I have a popcorn recipe in my to-be published pile (next week I think) that is full of chocolate :) Yours looks good (and healthier…LOL) than mine!

    I love popcorn and eat a ton of it!

  15. 16

    Every single thing you ate looks amazing!! I love your first part of your lunch and the popcorn is killing me over here!! Come to me chocolate coconut popcorn!! YUM!!!!

    xxoo

  16. 17

    That breakfast looks amazing! You take really nice pictures! I feel like non of my meals ever hold me over, regardless of how much protein, fiber etc…they contain…It’s probably all mental, but it’s soo annoying!

  17. 18

    I must have a funny tummy too because sometimes the more I eat, the hungrier I am by lunchtime. Other times, I am totally fine just eating a bowl of oatmeal. Weird.

    Your cranberry quinoa salad looks fabulous – am bookmarking it to make soon! Thanks :)

  18. 19

    That is the most awesomeness random high school memory. Soo weird how paths cross and you don’t even know it. And the things we remember….and that avocado melt is being consumed in the next few days. So simple yet I would never think of it. What is wrong with my brain?

  19. 20

    Ahhh, I can’t stop thinking about popcorn this week either, haha. Love the chocolate and coconut idea :) We really don’t make a big deal over Valentines day at our house but I’m still excited that you made my soup for V-day dinner :D Love that you added some greens!
    Jesus sandals, LOL. Such a funny story.

  20. 21

    … which means he was already secretly in love with you and he just didn’t know it. Looks like you had a great food time yesterday! I want your soup!

  21. 22

    Haha…funny about the shoes. My sister and her husband went to high school together, but didn’t date and marry until well after college, and he still remembers her wearing white leggings under gym shorts during soccer practice. It must have been a good look for her :-)

    Glad you had a good Valentine’s Day!

  22. 24

    Mmmm – looks like you had one delicious day of eating, Gina! I want it all! You have a beautiful blog and I’m glad to have found it.

  23. 26

    I’m eating popcorn right now and yours looks WAY better.

    Ulysses is an enigma.

  24. 29

    A- you KNOW i’m totally obsessed with coconut and dark chocolate, b: my hubs is 11 years older than I am, so I joke all the time that he could have driven to pick me up in kindergarten.

    • 30
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      Wow, that’s kind of crazy to think about. I had a bf at one point that was 4 years older and that seemed like a HUGE difference at the time. Funny how age gaps don’t matter after a certain age.

  25. 31

    Oh, please. I am hungry literally a half hour after eating breakfast. For reals. It’s kinda ridiculous. I spend 98.99999% of my day thinking about food.

    So pumped you’re a Downton Abbey fan! That show is soo freakin’ good. Costumes are incredible and the characters are just so…they all just play exactly who they are so well! I don’t care what the haters say, it is just the perfect show to get totally lost in, Best hour ever.

    Ok, wow, I need to stop talking about this show. I just sound crazy.

  26. 33

    I’ve never thought of adding coconut oil and chocolate to popcorn. Genius! Guess what I’m having for a snack tomorrow? Or maybe even tonight?

    I had Jesus sandals too. They were quite the trend.

  27. 34

    Dinner looks great and I loved the story!

  28. 35

    Lol I love that high school story. Too funny!

  29. 36

    I love this popcorn! I definitely go through coconut phases and I’m definitely in the middle of one :) I could finish an entire bag too! PS: That avocado cheese toast looks amazing!

  30. 37

    Everything you ate looks delicious, but that chocolate coconut popcorn is calling out my name!!! I have Downtown Abbey on my Netflix Instant Queue-sounds like I really need to start watching it {in between my Mad Men, Sherlock, and Merlin episodes!}

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