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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

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

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

This blog will be on hiatus for a couple of days!

Morning everyone,

I’ve been so busy lately with school work. The semester is coming down to the end and being a child development and adolescent major, the amount of papers we have is unreal. I have about 20 pages to write for next week. =( Haven’t even had time to eat or exercise! I have a great tofu recipe for you guys that I will post over the weekend, along with a few other things. 😉 Hope everyone understands! Talk to you all soon!

– Jenn

BEST, BEST, BEST Vegetarian Egg Rolls Ever.

Thank me in advance. Haha just kidding. Here it is, as promised, the best vegetarian egg rolls ever! So sorry the post is so late. I went to Disneyland over the weekend and the wifi there was just awful. Anyways, I’ve had meat-eaters and vegetarians/vegans eat these and they cannot get enough. The texture of the egg rolls just melt in your mouth and blend wonderfully together. Easy to make, but very labor intensive. Every time my family decide to make these, we make a batch of 400-450 egg rolls. We fry up some for a family party and the rest goes into the freezer. These freeze beautifully and come out tasting as fresh as ever. Enjoy this recipe!

WARNING: This recipe makes about 350 egg rolls. Scale down if you need, but with this amount of work, just spend the 6 hours rolling and then freeze them. Haha =P

Ingredients:
– 1 big taro or several smaller ones. (the taro we used was about 1 foot tall and 5-6 inches circumference)
– 4 BIG carrots
– 1/3 bag (1-1.5 oz) of dried Vietnamese tree/ear wood fungus/mushroom. It’s called Nam Meo. You can get it at most oriental markets.
– 1.5 bag (20 oz) Hulled Mung beans (mung beans without the outer green)
– 1 large yellow onion
– 8 bags of frozen spring roll pastry wrapper. (50 in each bag)
– 1 egg
– Canola oil for frying

1. Leave spring roll pastry wrapper out to thaw.
2. Clean mung beans and put into pot. Add about 3tsp of salt. Cover with water and boil then simmer until soften. Once it’s soften, most of the water will evaporate and the mung beans will be SOFT. Mash the mung bean (should be extremely easy since they’re soft).

3. Wash the ear wood fungus and put in a bowl of warm water until soften. Remove from water and slice thinly.

4. Peel skin of taro and grate it. Leave aside in a big bowl.

5. Peek skin of carrots and grate it.

6. Thinly slice the onion.

7. Add all ingredients together and mix with your hands. Add about 5 tsp of salt.

8. Crack one egg into a small bowl and whisk!
9. Wrap! Place the wrapper down. The wrapper should look like a diamond. Put a tsp of the mixture on one side and wrap. Use a little bit of the egg mixture to seal the egg roll. Brush the egg at the tip (4th pic)
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9. Put some in ziplock bags to freeze if you don’t want to fry all.
10. Heat oil in a frying pan on medium high (I don’t really deep-fry my egg rolls. I like pan-frying better because it soaks up less oil. Pour in enough oil to cover 3/4 of the egg rolls. Flip once the side facing down is brown. Wait until browning on the other side.
11. Place egg rolls on paper towels on a plate to soak up extra oil.
12. ENJOY!

Hope you guys try this recipe. You’ll love it. Promise!

Namaste,
Jenn

PS. Enter my one-month giveaway! No one has entered yet so you might have a good chance of winning! I might take it down in a couple of days if I don’t get any entries. =/ Thanks for everyone’s support though. =)

SarahFit Dietbet Completion

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Good morning!

Today marked the end of my  second Dietbet competition. For those who do not know what DietBet is, it is a website that you can compete with others to lose weight.

This is how it works: you can either join with a group of friends, family ,or a random team. The host will initiate a specific amount of money and in order to join, you must contribute that. All the money goes into a pot and by the end of 28 days, if you have lost 4% of your body weight, you will get your money back PLUS money from those who did not lose the 4%.

Dietbet is a great way to motivate one another and on the plus side, you can win some money! If you join a random team, it’s a great way to meet new people who have the same goals as you.

This is the second time that Sarah from SarahsFabChannel on Youtube has hosted Dietbet. Her blog is Sarahfit.com in case you guys wanna check it out. She offers great recipes, workouts, and reviews!

The 1st Dietbet: I forgot what the pot of the first one was but everyone had to contribute $15 dollars. I succeeded in that competition and won around $42 dollars! That is almost a 30 dollar increase and that equals one top or more yummy groceries, or a night out at a healthy restaurant. Not too shabby right?

The 2nd Dietbet: This time, we were to contribute $25 dollars each, an increase of $10 dollars a person! I was a little nervous because 25 dollars is a lot of money. I joined anyways, hoping that this would increase the level of motivation and if I do win, I’ll get to win more money! This time 304 people joined and the pot got up to $7600 dollars. That’s a big chunk of money. I was more involved this time. I updated my activities almost everyday. You’re able to post comments of your food/workout, pictures of food/workouts, how you’re feeling, etc. Other competitors will comment and cheer you on. I also was able to connect with people on twitter/instagram. It’s nice to have a great support system when you’re trying to lose weight. Sarah was also very helpful and responsive to tweets and comments on the dietbet page. It was also a GREAT competition to do before the holidays…haha, it’s probably likely that we will gain back some during the holidays…I’m happy to say that I succeeded and won this time too! I lost about 7 lbs. WooOoOt! WooOot! Not sure how many have succeeded or how much money the winners will get but I will update once I find out!

Sarah is going to be hosting another dietbet on January 1st. How much is the contribution? Not sure but you all should join! It’s great for motivation and toning for the summer/spring!

Thank you Sarah for hosting this.

Namaste,
Jenn

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Indian-inspired Food for the Global Palate

EATBREATHEYOGINI

Healthy Pescatarian, Vegetarian & Vegan Recipes + Yoga

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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!!

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Vegan cooking from the Midwest

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