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Champagne + Pho, the Best Combo, Like Ever.

Champagne + Pho, the Best Combo, Like Ever.

December 1, 2016

Get creative and impress yourself with this to-die-for pho recipe. The different flavors and spices of this soup will have you craving this meal for lunch + dinner, and maybe even breakfast too! What better way to post-Thanksgiving retox than with a…

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Crispy Dark Cocoa Power Bars

Crispy Dark Cocoa Power Bars

December 1, 2016

I started to become a bit obsessed with these bars while traveling all over the country on my last book tour. Make a batch ahead of time and pack them up before you travel! This nutrient-packed snack has the perfect level of crunch with nuts and seed…

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Clean Kabocha Squash Fries

Clean Kabocha Squash Fries

November 30, 2016

I wanted to share this recipe as it is one of the most popular from my collection! I began making this recipe as an alternative to my mother’s totally healthy steamed kabocha squash bites. Of course I love the way she does it, steaming = more nut…

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Homemade Coconut Funfetti Cake

Homemade Coconut Funfetti Cake

November 28, 2016

This delicious “funfetti” cake is a fabulously-updated version: made with real bananas, almond meal and coconut oil. It just happens to be vegan and um… and….absolutely delicious. It certainly wasn’t planned this way, but this is the last r…

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Gratitude + Grace

Gratitude + Grace

November 27, 2016

Konichiwa my Gorgeous Friends! +Happy Thanksgiving Week!  I just flew back in from Japan on Monday, and had the most amazing time reconnecting with my friends and family back in Cali this week! YEAY! While in Japan, I had the opportunity to meet w…

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Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

November 23, 2016

Crisp and fresh Brussels sprouts are finally getting their 15 minutes these days—I see them on restaurant menus everywhere! Brussels have an earthy flavor and a hefty texture and are totally loaded with vitamin K, C, and folate. While we tend to s…

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Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie

Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie

November 23, 2016

Sweet potatoes are naturally packed with vitamin A (for sparkling eyes and skin!), vitamin B-6 (perf for brain-function, cardio health and immunity), fiber (let’s get you movin’!), potassium and yes, there’s even protein in sweet po…

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Pumpkin Mochi Tea Cake

Pumpkin Mochi Tea Cake

November 23, 2016

The use of rice flour in this heavenly, aromatic, gluten + dairy-free tea cake makes it reminiscent of mochi, an amazing + sweet Japanese dessert! This cake is the ultimate treat for tea-time socializing. Serve sliced, or cut the loaf in half an…

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Sweet Creamy Potato + Pecan Mash

Sweet Creamy Potato + Pecan Mash

November 22, 2016

I love making this delish and naturally-sweet mash!+ They bring a healthy dose of sweetness, along with vitamins A, C and B6 for energy. No Thanksgiving dinner slump when you share this side with your guests at the table! xxck Serves 6-8 Ingredients:…

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Edamame Bowl Love

Edamame Bowl Love

November 20, 2016

Barley has an earthy, nutty personality with a powerhouse of a nutritional profile. To moi, the coolest thing about barley is that it contains plenty of insoluble fiber that feeds friendly bacteria in the digestive tract. These good bacteria keep tum…

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Clean Miso Soup & Salad Combo

Clean Miso Soup & Salad Combo

November 19, 2016

This delicious pairing of miso soup and salad is perfect for a meatless-inspired lunch! It’s super easy to pack up as a healthy, fermented, bento-on-the-go lunch if you’d prefer! Just pack your miso soup in a tight mason jar, and re-h…

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Kabocha Squash Soup + Quinoa

Kabocha Squash Soup + Quinoa

November 18, 2016

One of the great things about kabocha squash is that you don’t need to peel it as eating the skin is a great benefit since it is full of Vitamins A and C, as well as fiber, which keeps you fuller longer! My Japanese mama introduced this squash to …

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Macrobiotic Hijiki-Avocado Salad

Macrobiotic Hijiki-Avocado Salad

November 16, 2016

Macrobiotic foods are naturally clean and detoxifying—they are plant-based and include Japanese sea vegetables, local produce, healthy grains, and fermented foods. Seaweed, naturally full of iodine, Vitamin C, manganese, and Vitamin B2, is clean e…

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Shiitake + Spinach Soba Noodle Soup

Shiitake + Spinach Soba Noodle Soup

November 14, 2016

I grew up on delicious buckwheat soba noodles. We ate them with everything from a simple miso broth to tofu, fish, and veggies. Soba is still one of my favorites because it’s  high in protein, and also has calcium and iron. It is a complete protei…

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JAPANESE🇯🇵🇺🇸AMERICAN GIRL

JAPANESE🇯🇵🇺🇸AMERICAN GIRL

November 14, 2016

Growing up Japanese American was a privilege. I was teased as a little kid for simply being different. And even years later, there were racial digs I took for years. A thousand miles away, working in Japan, I’m watching what’s happening i…

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Dear Daughters 💌

Dear Daughters 💌

November 10, 2016

A letter from my role models. I felt perhaps it’s time to share more & you’ll better understand my work & my open heart. Originally from my Mom & Dad, in CA, addressed to my sister Jenni in London + Candice in Tokyo:  “…

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Pumpkin Spiced Pancakes with Apple Butter

Pumpkin Spiced Pancakes with Apple Butter

November 10, 2016

These pancakes capture the essence of fall. The pumpkin purée and applesauce work together to create tons of moisture and richness for fluffy, yummy pancakes. To make the apple butter, all you need is three ingredients and just a little bit of time…

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With a Heavy Heart

With a Heavy Heart

November 9, 2016

Ohayo from Japan 🙏🏼 I woke this morning with a heavy heart. I wept and prayed for women all over the world, I wept as I watched Hillary speak. How every woman in the US is feeling a very heavy heart today. I wept for every minority,…

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If we can't change the outcome, we change our attitude.

If we can't change the outcome, we change our attitude.

November 9, 2016

If we can’t change the outcome, we change our attitude. There is a word in Japanese, “Gaman” 我慢, meaning: Enduring pain with patience and resilience. Being tolerant. So now, more than ever, we have to come together with love + p…

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T O K Y O🇯🇵DREAMS 日本

T O K Y O🇯🇵DREAMS 日本

November 8, 2016

Eleven years ago, I enrolled myself into culinary school. Mom told me, “You can cook for your friends, but you can’t cook for a living.” I paid my way through school by print and fit modeling, I struggled. I still pay my culinary sc…

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Golden Girl Chickpea Blondies

Golden Girl Chickpea Blondies

November 6, 2016

The Japanese tend to use sweetened bean pastes (adzuki, lima etc) in their pastries. Every time I come back to Japan, I die to have my manju, mochi and sweet Japanese treats (mouth is totally watering!) What better fix than a creamy, delish and not-t…

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Live Well, Fuel Better, Train Harder

Live Well, Fuel Better, Train Harder

November 4, 2016

Training for the upcoming NYC Marathon this Sunday?! Here’s a recap from our Nike Pro Tips Running Series. As a runner myself, I’ve clocked my share of races and know, top-nutrition is key for your best performance. I want to share with y…

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Pinch Yourself

Pinch Yourself

November 3, 2016

 I still vividly remember the day I moved to NYC – with one suitcase + my big heart. I had a few amazing friends + a big dream. That’s all it took. My parents didn’t want me to “cook for a living”. I never had a 9-5, I…

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My Nike Pro Tips Speaker Series

My Nike Pro Tips Speaker Series

November 1, 2016

I am grateful + so excited to invite you to my Nike Pro Tips session at Nike+ Clubhouse tomorrow. I will be sharing how to Live Well, Fuel Better and Train Harder with my Recipes+Wellness for Runners guide. Come learn, eat + wellness it with me to…

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Creamy Pumpkin Coconut Pie

Creamy Pumpkin Coconut Pie

October 31, 2016

This lighter, yet creamy and decadent version of my favorite slice is half the calories of regular pumpkin pie, but your guests will never be able to tell! Enjoy this clean and yummy treat with a scoop of vanilla sorbet or a homemade coconut-pumpkin…

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Roasted Sweet Potato Bowl with Carrot-Ginger Vinaigrette

Roasted Sweet Potato Bowl with Carrot-Ginger Vinaigrette

October 29, 2016

If you want sparkling, beautiful eyes, I’d dash to your local grocer, not the beauty supply store. No makeup, cream, or miracle salve will nourish your eyes like the vitamin A and beta-carotene you’ll get from sweet potatoes and carrots! I love t…

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Tell Your Story

Tell Your Story

October 27, 2016

In one week I head back to Japan 🇯🇵. I’ll be studying my heritage in Tokyo, (where mom went to college + was a school teacher), I’ll be in Sado Island, hiking the pilgrimage trails of ancient monks, I’ll be in Niigat…

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Pumpkin Macaroni & Cheese

Pumpkin Macaroni & Cheese

October 26, 2016

Once you make this there’s no turning back. Believe me when I say it’s going to be your new go-to mac and cheese recipe. With creamy, velvety pumpkin and decadent, rich coconut milk, blended together in one pinch with a Vitamix (the best blen…

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Be Original, Be You.

Be Original, Be You.

October 25, 2016

B E O R I G I N A L, B E Y O U The most exciting thing about you, is how original you are. At 23 I was on Top Chef (yes, Super OG, season 1). I didn’t quite know where I was going. But I always followed my heart, I sometimes listened to my head…

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Vulnerability + Your Open Heart

Vulnerability + Your Open Heart

October 24, 2016

V U L N E R A B I L I T Y When you are your truest self, you are vulnerable. Being vulnerable is a sign of strength, not weakness. Yesterday at my W.E.L.L. Summit talk, I cried. I cried in front of the whole audience. As I shared my past year of setb…

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