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Food Review: Vegetarian House – San Jose, CA

Vegetarian House is located in downtown San Jose, CA. It has been around for 20+ years! Boyfriend and I just started going there this year after we stopped eating meat. Many of my friends call it a “cult house” and when you walk in, you’ll know why. Seems like all the workers idolize this lady that they consider their God. Her picture is everywhere on the walls. I’m not sure what her way of life is; however, I don’t really pay attention to it while I eat there. This restaurant uses all organic items when they can which is awesome. My favorite dish to get there is the Pesto Divine and let me tell you, it is very DIVINE. It comes with chicken strips in a toasted hot baguette bread. They put vegannaise, tomatoes, lettuce, and pesto in it and it’s very tasty. The sandwich comes with soup and salad but I always substitute for fries..=X Haha to be honest, I don’t really like their soups that they give and the salads alright…Boyfriend got the jolly burger. This burger is quite interesting…it comes with crispy chik’n nuggets (as the m aeat), mushrooms, tomatos, pickles, and lettuce with french fries as well. It is very delicious. Their fries are so good; they are steak fries with seasonings and herbs on them. Yum! I’ve been to this restaurant maybe 10 times. Their food and service has always been good. Sometimes when I come on an off day, the service is extremely slow but they always apologize and are nice about it. Another dish that I recommend (not pictured) is the Sea Fruit Grill. It is fake fish and comes with all these vegetables and rice paper. You actually make the spring rolls yourself! Delicious and fun to share with a group of people. =) Hope you guys try out the restaurant when you get the chance!

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Namaste,
Jenn

Yoga Pose of the Week: Dhanurasa (Bow Pose)

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This week’s pose of the week is Dhanursana. This pose increases the strength and flexibility along the entire spine. It stretches the neck, shoulders, arms, and legs. It helps improve the digestion and increases the appetite. Great for relieving constipation as it massages the digestive organs. It helps regulate the pancreas and expands the thoracic region of the chest. (yoga108.org)

How to get into this pose:
Lay flat on your stomach with your chin or forehead on the floor. Start by tensing up your upper leg. Your leg should pop off the floor. Next, suck in your core. It will lift your stomach off the mat. Reach back for the outside of your ankles. If you can’t reach for both, try to reach for just one or get the teacher to help you. Inhale and kick your legs while holding your ankles; your knee will lift as much as they can. Lift up your head and chest. Try to keep your elbows straight and arch your back as much as you can. Hold the posture for 10-30 seconds without holding your breath. Exhale and release your legs while place your arms on both sides of your body. Repeat 3 times and then get into child pose to counteract it.

This is how I do it. I’m not a professional or anything and be sure to ask your doctor/yoga teacher if this is okay for you to do. Be sure to listen to your body. If you feel any pain, STOP.

Hope you find this helpful.

Namaste,
Jenn

Food Review – Sweet Tomatoes (Take-out)

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So glad you guys liked the ramen post yesterday. Ramen may not be the healthiest thing but when prepared right, it can be a great healthier alternative to junk food. Needless to say, it is savory and satisfying, especially during those cold winter nights.

Today, I’m going to do a restaurant reviews for Sweet Tomatoes. Sweet Tomatoes is a franchise so there are many locations all over the world. It is buffet style; they offer a wide range of soups, bakery goods, pasta, and a huge salad bar. The only time boyfriend and I eat Sweet Tomatoes now is when we get take out. When we are craving the breads/pasta/salads — the whole shabang, we get the $9.79 deal which gives us a large container of salad, a small bag for breads/muffins, and two 8 oz containers for soup/pasta. The only thing bad about take-out is you don’t get to try all the soups since you only get two containers and the bakery bag is really small so you can’t a lot. Majority of the time, we just get one salad container as our takeout. A salad container is about $5.89 and it is SO SO SO worth. I cannot stress it enough! Their salad bar is 45 feet long – containing, about 5 freshly prepared salad (caesar, summer medley, asian chicken salad, spinach and strawberries, etc..they make it every 30 mins and alternate the flavors depending on the season, and make you own fixings such as spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, potato salad, tuna salad, egg, seeds, mushrooms, anything you can think of to put on a salad.

Boyfriend and I are able to get full off ONE take-out container making it about $3 for each of us! We are STUFFED. When we eat in, we usually don’t eat much and it’s 9.49 a person, totaling the meal to $20! But no, we’re cheap so we take out for $6. Haha!

Here’s pictures of our take-out last week….st1st2
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I wanted to put the salad bowl next to the cereal box so you guys can get a feel of how big this salad was!
What I put in my salad: a tiny bit of caesar salad, a whole bunch of baby greens and spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, potato salad, tuna salad, egg, sunflower seeds, corn, and pasta. I don’t like to add the prepared salads because those add a ton of calories and plus when I put all the potato/tuna salad and toppings, those give it a TON of flavor already. Putting the topping over a bunch of prepared salads make the taste too strong and flavorful to me. But cmon, is that big tub of a salad a great deal for $6?? You can bet I stuff it as much as I can! Haha

You guys should go to sweet tomatoes…and get take out! I don’t think it’s totally worth it eating in and paying triple, quadruple, or however depending on how many people are eating. Plus this way, you won’t be stuffing your face with all the pastries! Have a good day everyone!

Namaste,
Jenn

No Money?? No Problem! HEALTHIER Alternative for College Students – Ramen!

Being a college student, money is TIGHT. Eating healthier is awesome but it can cost a lot. A staple in every college student’s dorm room or apartment is RAMEN. Ramen usually costs 30 cents to one dollar. Many college students LIVE on this stuff because it’s so cheap. One night my boyfriend was craving ramen so I decided to make a healthier version of it and then a lightbulb clicked! This would be a perfect recipe for college students. It is much much healthier and filled with more nutrients. So college students (and ramen lovers), listen up, this is what you need…

Ingredients for 1 serving:
– 1 ramen pack (the one in the bag, NOT cup)
– 1 egg
– cubes of tofu
– handfuls of romaine lettuce and spinach (sometimes I use bok choy. Nom Nom)
– mushroom seasoning – no MSG!
– 4 cups of water
– sea salt

1. Boil your water and put in 1 tsp of mushroom seasoning, a dash of sea salt, and the onion packet without the fat. You can buy mushroom seasoning at an oriental store. The ramen pack usually comes with two packets of seasoning. One will have onions and fat (oil) and the other is powdered seasoning. TOSS the fat and powdered seasoning. Tons of MSG in those powders.
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2. Take a smaller pot and boil two more cups of water.
3. While waiting for water to boil, slice your lettuce and spinach and put it in a big bowl. You can put a lot, everything will wilt when it comes in contact with the hot soup.
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4. When water in the small pot is boiling, drop in your ramen. Leave it in there for 2 minutes, drain it, and then pour it into the bigger pot of boiling water. (Boiling it in just water first will take away some of the seasonings on the coating thats not very healthy for you.)
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5.Once you put the ramen in the bigger pot, crack the egg into the pot and drop in the tofu cubes. You can either poach the egg or just break it up a bit. I prefer to break it up because it will cook much faster. Don’t leave the ramen boiling in the water for too long or else it’ll get soggy.
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6. Pour all the soup over the lettuce and spinach. Within a minute, it will wilt. Put some fresh pepper if you’d like. Enjoy! The broth is clear and delicious.
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Yummy!
Give the healthier version of ramen a try! ❤

Namaste,
Jenn

Yoga Pose of the Week: Bakasana (Crow Pose)

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I decided to do a new series on my blog. Every Friday, I will be posting about the benefits of one yoga pose, along with my experience. Today’s yoga pose of the week is BAKASANA! Bakasana is considered an arm balance pose. To get into the pose, you’d want to get into a squat, where the heels of your feet are a couple inches apart. If your heels are lifted off the earth, go ahead and place a blanket underneath or take a wider stance. Put both arms out as if you’re giving someone a double “high five” and then place it directly onto the earth. DO NOT HYPEREXTEND. Bend your arms a little bit. Lift your hips up and place your knees closest to your armpits. Your face has to be VERY close the earth for this to work; look AHEAD of you; if you look back, you’ll fall. First, lift the left leg up then put it down. Second, life the right leg up and put it down. Once you feel comfortable, lift up the balls of your feet to lean forward and put legs up and balance! As a beginner, you’d wanna stay here on bent arms. Once you’re more advanced, you want to squeeze the legs against the arms and start to straighten your elbows. The inner knees will be attached to the outer arms, near the armpit. (I’m still working on this one.)

I would say it is a pretty challenging pose. During my first Vinyasa class, my teacher had us get into this pose. I was shocked watching her do the pose. How could anyone ever do this pose?! It’s nearly impossible! I was determined. I wanted to be strong enough to do it. I practiced about 5 times a week…after about 3 months, I was up and didn’t fall. I was able to hold it for 30 seconds; I felt like magician. Haha it’s amazing what your body can do when you practice and push it to the limit.

What are the benefits of this pose?
– You become super strong. It strengthens your arms, wrists, and abdominal muscles. It opens up your groin and stretches the upper back. Your abs will be more tone and last of all, you’d look SUPER AWESOME!

Hope you guys like this new series I’m doing. I am NOT a yoga instructor and have NOT gone through training. I am definitely  a newbie but just want to share my knowledge and love for yoga with everyone. Please ask your doctor or a professional before you do this. I wouldn’t want you to hurt yourself. =)

Namaste,
Jenn

Food Review – Hue Restaurant – San Jose, CA

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First of all, I’d like to apologize for all the food reviews I’ve been doing lately. I am a college student and the semester is coming to an end. With that said, I am swamped with papers, projects, and finals. I have no time to grocery shop, let alone cook; therefore, I’ve been eating out way more often.

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Boyfriend and I went to Hue Restaurant today for lunch. There’s this Vietnamese dish called Banh Beo and it’s these little steamed rice cakes with dried shrimp and scallions with fish sauce. I love these and Hue makes great individual small plates of it. They are super soft and flavorful. A plate of five little dishes cost about $3.25. It’s a little pricey but so worth it. Boyfriend and I both got one and shared a big bowl of vegetarian Bun Bo Hue. Bun Bo Hue is a spicy noodle soup, usually made with meat but this restaurant had many vegetarian options which I am always grateful for. The broth was flavorful, spicy, and addicting. It left me wanting more and that’s how I know it’s delicious! The bowl was $6.50 which is so affordable. This restaurant is great for vegetarians. They specialize in appetizers and provide vegetarian options for ALL of them. I’ve had banh ram it and banh nam from here before and they were delicious. You guys definitely need to try this if you get the chance.

Namaste,
Jenn

PS. I’ll have a yoga post for you guys tomorrow! =)

Awards, Awards, Awards!!

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Good morning everyone!

I had been wanting to start writing in a blog, hoping to inspire others for many years. When I decided to start Eat Breathe Yogini, I didn’t expect all the support that I have been getting from all of my readers. I for sure didn’t expect to be to nominated for any awards! I just want to say thank you for all your support. I hoped I have inspired you to eat healthier and be more active. We only get one body so we need to treat it well.

1. The lovely Miss Marzipan nominated me for the Liebster award. The Liebster award is give to up-and-coming bloggers with less than 200 followers. “Liebster” means “Beloved, Dearest, or Favorite” in German and the award is intended to chine a spotlight on blogs deserving some recognition. I’m going to follow Miss Marzpan’s layout on how she did this award.

Eleven random facts about me:

1. I love arts & crafts. I love making scrapbooks; they are a ton of work but so special to look back on.
2. I love going to school. I’m majoring in Child and Adolescent Development and graduating in Spring 2013! Woot woot! I will plan on getting my teaching credentials after and hopefully teach Kindergarten-2nd grade.
3. My boyfriend is one of the best people I know. He’s supportive, caring, and loving. We’re going on our 6 years. *blush*
4. I love to bake and experiment with new recipes.
5. I love playing board games. In fact, I bought a ton on black friday. My favorite game so far is one called HedBandz. (Disney Version, of course)
6. I am 23 and do not drink. I have not gotten drunk since I was 18 years old and stopped drinking at 19. I’ll have occasionally one drink but definitely not your typical 20-something year old. I’ve only been to the club once or twice. TBH, they give me major anxiety!
7. I have a fat sweet tooth. I’m trying to find more health alternatives for it…but fruit doesn’t satisfy it for me. Haha!
8. Dogs are my favorite animals. I very much dislike cats. =P
9. I want to try to get back into running. When I’m driving around and I see runners, they inspire me. They look so liberated!
10. When I buy my own house, I want to live out of the city. I want a simple life for me and my kids. Living in the city…kids are too worried about how they look and what they have. I don’t like that.
11. I hope to be a mom someday. =)

Questions from Miss Marzipan.
1. Colour or monochrome? Monochrome! I like everything looking clean and simple! I don’t much color either…except yoga/workout clothes. I love bright workout clothes.
2. Winter or summer? Winter. I love to layer clothes and dress warm. I love being under blankets and cuddle. I love soup. When I’m hot, I’m a little cranky and don’t like to touch. My make-up melts. I don’t like to sweat when I’m not working out.
3. Ready-made or homemade? Homemade is always better!
4. Chocolate or vanilla? MmmMm chocolate please!
5. Glass half empty or half full? Half full! It’s important to be optimistic in life.
6. Work or play? I love to work hard. Playing makes it more worth it.
7. Casual or formal? Both. Depending on the occasion. I love to dress up but I wouldn’t like to do it every day.
8. Ski lodge or tropical island? Tropical Island. Nothing like being at the beach with my pup.
9. Breakfast or dinner? Breakfast! Most important meal of the day.
10. TV or film? TV. My guilty pleasure is reality TV. I know, so bad. Yet so funny!
11. City or country? City for now…probably country later.

Questions from me:
1. Water or juice?
2. Coffee or tea?
3. School or work?
4. Salty or Sweet?
5. Theatres or redbox?
6. Red Vines or Twizzlers?
7. Hoodie or zip-up sweaters?
8. Travel or home body?
9. Dessert or main meal?
10. Beer or wine?
11. Tattoos or piercings?

I nominate:
Dressed with Pepper
The Clean Plate
Journey To Binge Free
Sugar and Spice Baking
Honey for the Bees
Earthgiven Kitchen
Veggie Vinyasa
Made Of Stars
Rabbit Can Cook
The Pescatarian and the Pig
Loving Homemade

2. Liveblissful nominated me for the Beautiful Blogger Award! Thanks Liveblissful; I love your blog and vegan recipes!!


Here come the rules for this award:

1. Copy the Beautiful Blogger Award logo and place it in your post
2. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog
3. Tell 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 7 other bloggers for their own Beautiful Blogger Award and comment on their blogs to let them know.

7 things about me:
– I still live at home with my dad, mom, and sister. I want to move out by August of 2014. Love to live with my fan but I need my own space and frig to cook freely!
– I sometimes can eat more than boyfriend. Kinda embarrassing…
– My mom’s side of the family is from Germany andI can’t wait to visit this summer with my boyfriend! It’s going to be his first time meeting that side. =)
– I love CHIPS. UGH UGH UGH, guilty guilty pleasure. Whoever invented that, pure genius but pure evil as well!
– I can’t remember the last time I ate fast food. Other than grilled cheese from In N Out…haha
– I love make-up and fashion. I have more make-up and nail polish than I’ll ever need.
– I’m not scared of dying but I’m scared of people I love dying.

I nominate:
Emmy Cooks
My Small Potatoes
Savor the Rainbow
Dannivee
The Healthy Epicurean
Playful and Hungry
Nourishing Chow

3. Sugarandspicebaking nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Thanks =) Sugarandspicebaking has fantaste baking recipes, check her out!

Rules for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award:

1.  Display the award logo on your blog.
2.  Link back to the person who nominated you.
3.  State 7 things about yourself.
4.  Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them. (I nominated 7 because I think 15 is too many.)
5.  Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

7 things about me and food:
1. I love red vines. I hate twizzlers.
2. I love salted caramel truffle ice cream from Haagen Daaz.
3. I could live on bread and butter…although it’s not too healthy for you.
4. My favorite cake is strawberry short cake.
5. My favorite meal is any type of Vietnamese soup; like pho, bun rieu, banh canh, etc.
6. My favorite food is SUSHI! I LOVE IT!
7. I will only eat chocolate when there’s some kind of nut on it.

Nominations:
Turning Veganese
Vini Cooks Veg
Relaxing Cooking
Uber Dish
Avocados and Ales
Jennova Foodblog
Peri’s Spice Ladle

Thank you so much to everyone that nominated me. I truly appreciate it. Have a good day!

Namaste,
Jenn

Peri's Spice Ladle

Indian-inspired Food for the Global Palate

EATBREATHEYOGINI

Healthy Pescatarian, Vegetarian & Vegan Recipes + Yoga

Emmy Cooks

favorite recipes from a Northwest kitchen

Small Potatoes

Because in MY life, these things are no small potatoes

Turning Veganese

I think I'm turning veganese, I really think so.

vinicooksveg

Amazing & fun.........Indian cooking!!

Avocados and Ales

Vegan cooking from the Midwest

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