Monday
Mar172014

Go Green, Eat Clean!

Muromachi, Tokyo. 
Did you know there are so many options for eating organic, vegetarian and even vegan in Japan? I was amazed at how many great farmers markets this city has to offer. One of the largest farmers markets in Tokyo is called, United Nations University Farmers Market. It's located between the trendy Harajuku and super-bustling Shibuya. Live music was playing as you stroll through the beautifully colored aisles  of fruits, veggies, flowers, grains, etc. 

Wanna visit this market? It's open every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm. If you're around on the third Saturday of the month, check out their "night market." from 4pm-8pm, they have healthy dishes, homemade edibles, and live music. Don't be surprised if you start hearing karaoke too! 
Got the Happy Cow app? Good news! It works in Japan! There were easily over a hundred options of places to eat vegetarian or vegan, in case you're not pescatarian. 




Here are some fun snaps I took along the way to the farmers market!
Getting a subway ticket for Ginza!

Off to explore Ginza and look for healthy eats.

Did I just see organic?! Yes!

Natural House Aoyama Organic Mart is one of the largest organic stores in Japan! 

I'm loving this market!

The three magic words!
Happy Saint Patrick's Day! Let's all go green and eat clean! Cheers to Organic for all!
xoxo, KK

Monday
Mar032014

Land of the Rising Sun!

Sunrise in downtown Tokyo, POV: Mandarin Oriental.

Kon'nichiwa Friends!

I've been traveling through Japan the last couple of weeks and can't wait to share all of the exciting adventures from this beautiful country! It's a trip of a lifetime, and if you ever get an opportunity, go! I'm grateful that my hubby included me on this trip with Sake Brewery Tours! Our host, Etsuko Nakamura has been so helpful in organizing all of these unique excursions! We are on our way to becoming experts in the world of sake! 

Here are a couple of videos of my latest workout discovery here! Who knew that taiko drumming could be such an incredible workout! It's so beautiful to watch!


Kodō is a professional taiko drumming group based in Sado Island, Japan. Getting trained by Kodō drummer master, Shinichi Sogo at the Sado Island Taiko Centre. The word Kodō, refers to "heartbeat" or "children of the drum." 

It's important to get the right form locked in before pounding the drums. Some of the forms are similar to the ones I use in martial arts. It's all about playing from the core and putting your whole body into it, with a playful spirit :)

Arigatō, KK :-)

Sunday
Feb092014

A Warrior Dance...Atienza Kali

Hope you all had a beautiful week! With Valentine's Day just around the corner, it's time to get lingerie-ready! I'm a fan of mixing up the training to really work all muscle groups and get your mind reactivated and competitive. For those of you who like to be creative with your hubby or boyfriend, you could have fun with a little knife play, Mr. and Mrs. Smith style! Check out my latest Atienza Kali warm-up, it's a beautiful art and skill set to have. I recommend taking some classes first so you know what you're doing!



Friday
Jan312014

What's for Dinner?

I totally needed to stock up on produce this week, so I made a trip to Marando Farms in Ft. Lauderdale with my friend, Joanne! Check out our visit!


 Afterwards, my friend Amanda and I were craving indian food, so we decided to visit one of our favorite spots: Bombay Darbar in Coconut Grove.
Happy eating and have a beautiful weekend! Xoxo, KK

Thursday
Jan232014

Chocolate and Nutty with Tastemade app!

Check out this cool app called "Tastemade," it let's you view and create 1 minute episodes, celebrating food discoveries and amazing restaurants from all over the world! Search for "Kristine" and you will find me! In this video I will show you how to quickly make cacao nutty balls of goodness! Here is a link to my video in case you have trouble playing it here:  http://bit.ly/M1nEtC

Ingredients:
1/2 cup of raw almonds
1/2 cup of raw walnuts
5 medjool dates, pitted
2 tbsp melted coconut oil
4 tbsp shredded coconut
2 tbsp hemp seeds
2 tsp maca powder
handful of chia seeds

-In a food processor or blender, crush the almonds and walnuts (not too fine for texture)
-Add dates, coconut oil, shredded coconut, hemp seeds (save some hemp seeds for the coating) and maca powder, blend until desired consistency
-Take pieces of the mixture and roll into balls, then coat in chia seeds and hemp seeds
-Store in fridge and enjoy this burst of energy!


Sometimes I will pair the cacao nutty balls with what I call "fruit sashimi!" Here we have sliced strawberries, sliced kiwi, with sprinkled mint leaves, sliced frozen banana with homemade peanut butter, coated with chia seeds and hemp seeds.

Xoxo, KK :)