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Food Recipe: Pan-seared Salmon

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Boyfriend and I was craving salmon a couple of days ago so I woke up early, went to the supermarket, and started on the recipe at 10:00 AM! I wanted the salmon to marinate for as long as possible…we actually didn’t cook it until about 6:30PM! The recipe turned out SO delicious. The marinate really seeped through the salmon and gave it great flavor. I wanted to share this recipe with you guys. It really is amazing and easy, easy to make. Salmon is a great source of protein and little fat. So healthy for you and so delicious!

Servings: 8
Ingredients:
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– 2 pounds of salmon.
– Juice of 1 lemon
– 3 cloves of garlic
– 1/4 cup vegetable oil
– 1/3 cup water
– 1/4 cup soy sauce
– 1/3 cup brown sugar
– Pepper to taste
– Salt to taste

1. Clean the salmon and pat it DRY.
2. Divide and cut salmon fillet into 8 pieces, as equal as possible.
3. Salt both sides of the salmon fillets.
4. Place salmon into a plastic bag.
5. Stir lemon juice, vegetable oil, water, soy sauce, brown sugar, and pepper into a bowl.
6. Pour the marinade into the bag and throw in 3 cloves of crushed garlic (not chopped).
7. Seal the bag and marinate for at least 1-2 hours. The longer the better.
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8. Bring your pan to a medium high heat and put in about 2 tbsp of vegetable oil.
9. When oil is hot, put in the salmon fillet skin side down.
10. Cook for about 5-6 minutes depending on the thickness of the salmon. Skin of salmon should be CRISPY.
11. Flip it and cook on the other side for 4-5 minutes until brown glaze appears.
12. Serve immediately and enjoy! =)
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This recipe is also great for grilling or baking.

Hope you guys enjoy this recipe! BTW, I forgot to ask, what are you resolutions for the new year??

Namaste,
Jenn

 

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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

Wanderlust – Yoga in the City – San Francisco

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Hi everyone,

On September 23rd, 2012, I went to my FIRST Wanderlust event. Wanderlust festival is one of the BIGGEST yoga festivals in the world. They promote yoga, dancing, concerts, healthy vegetarian eating, meditation, and hiking over the course of 4 days in one of the most beautiful places in the United States. There are four locations where they are held annually: Vermont, Whistler, California, and Colorado. It is pretty pricey, about $400 dollars for all four days; however, you can purchase one day-three day tickets for cheaper. This does not include a place to stay. Wanderlust also hosts something called “Yoga in the City”. This only occurs for one day and is FREE!!! All you have to do is register online but to be honest, they don’t really check..locations this year were: Los Angeles, CA; New York City, NY; and San Francisco, CA. People get together, listen to music, do yoga, and try out healthy foods.

I was fortunate enough to attend the one in San Francisco. It was at the Little Marina Green; a beautiful location overlooking the bay area and Golden Gate Bridge. My sister and boyfriend accompanied me on this trip. When we first got there, we saw a couple of booths: Health Magazine, Lucy’s Yoga Apparel, Haas Avocados, and The Kind Bar. They all had little knick knacks and samples that they gave away which was awesome. Who doesn’t like free stuff?! After browsing around, we placed our yoga mat down in an assembly line for the sake of a good picture while we were doing yoga. The yoga class started at 10:30 and lasted for an hour and a half. During that hour and a half, four famous yoga teachers came up to teach and we were able to get a little taste of the way that they practice. It was awesome and fun. Over 1,000 people attended; the community and energy was amazing. It was my first time doing yoga outside in nature and I can’t even explain how liberating it felt. After the amazing yoga session, we browsed around for a bit; there was music playing and dancers on stage. The next yoga class was at 3:30 but we had left to go eat…all that yoga and dancing makes you hungry!

Overall, I would totally go again. It was a great experience. I loved seeing everyone’s love for yoga and they were all so nice. All my yogis, if you haven’t attended any wanderlust festivals, you must! I cannot wait to attend the main Wanderlust Festival in Lake Tahoe, CA this coming summer. It’s going to be so beautiful.

Enjoy the pictures! ❤

Seriously guys, don’t these look amazing and fun?! Definitely a moment to remember.

Namaste,
Jenn

Breakfast: Avocado Toast w/ Toasted Flax Seeds

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Gooooood moooorrrrnnniiiinnnnggg!!

Breakfast is my FAVORITE meal of the day. When I was younger, I used to be one of those children that would NEVER, NEVER eat breakfast. I wouldn’t even drink milk. My mom always said that I drank milk like a cat…I literally licked the milk. Haha. So I’ve been trying to slowly adjust over to the vegan lifestyle..trying to find alternatives to my favorite foods so that I can be successful. My two FAVORITE foods that are not vegan are sushi and cheese. I love cheese & carb..definitely my comfort food. I haven’t been able to find a good cheese alternative. I have tried daiya cheese while I was in Portland, OR because I had vegan pizza and it was honestly the best pizza I’ve ever had. (I’ll do a separate post on my trip to Portland and the best VEGAN spots there..) The best thing I’ve found that is super creamy, delicious, and could replace my obsession with cheese is AVOCADO. When I put avocado in my sandwiches, toast, burritos, and burgers; I don’t really need the cheese and I don’t miss it!

Here’s a SIMPLE recipe to my favorite breakfast. I eat this about 4-5 times a week and seem to never get tired of it. & Best of all, it’s VEGAN!

Ingredients:
– Your choice of bread (my favorites are whole wheat and sourdough)
– Whipped Earth Balance butter
– Sliced avocado (I use about 1/2)
– 1 tsp of toasted flax seeds (I get mine at Trader Joe’s and it costs about $3. Good deal)

Directions:
1. Toast your bread.
2. Spread a layer of butter on it.
3. Slice the avocados and place it on the bread.
4. Sprinkle some toasted flax seeds.
5. ENJOY. Honestly, it is SO delicious!

Sometimes I will substitute the flax seeds with chia seeds and it’s equally delicious. The good thing about chia seeds is they have great nutritional value and expand in your stomach, keeping you fuller for longer! *Good diet tip! Let me know if you guys try it and what you think.

Namaste,
Jenn

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