You know those frustratingly “together” Mothers you see every now and then – looking gorgeous donning a stroller in one hand and an irresistible tote in the other? After interviewing Jessica Alba we realized that, on top of her amazing acting career, she’s most definitely one of those Moms.
For Alba, co-founder of The Honest Company, when it comes to her kids, food isn’t just food; it’s medicine. We love her wholesome outlook on everything food – something her new book The Honest Life covers extensively. The book touches on all aspects of healthy, stylish living – eating included of course.
Donning a pair of Jenni Kayne floral pants and on-trend white stilettos, the beautiful Alba sat with us at the Crosby Street Hotel to give us all of the details on The Honest Life. She also let us in on a few things we couldn’t help but be curious about: her daily breakfast, her ideal dinner party, and even the message she’d like to get across to every Mom in America. Personally, we’re not sure of the one thing we’d want to get across to America, but one thing is for sure: Our homepage is looking ten times better this week with Jessica Alba on the cover…yeah, we said it.
What would be your ideal food day?
Breakfast tacos. I like egg tacos with corn tortillas, salsa and hot sauce. Maybe some soy chorizo in there. We have them almost everyday. Lunch would be some kind of hearty salad. Then for dinner, maybe sushi…it just depends what the weather is! It could be a hearty stew or Cornish game hen – which is my favorite – or maybe lasagna.
How does food play into your new book?
I love to cook. [The book] gives information about the GMOs, pesticides and the industrialization of food and how that has affected our health. It’s also about how to make simple choices. The food industry got complicated, you know? We should just get back to the basics. So farm-to-table; support your local farms as much as possible and eat as seasonally as you can. You don’t have to be a nut about it. If you have the choice, get that certain thing that you wouldn’t normally get, or that you don’t cook that much. Try it. Who knows? You may like artichoke! Just be open.
I‘m also about convenience, so the book is all about those twenty-minute meals. That’s my thing – being able to throw together whatever is in your pantry. Also, certainly for my kid’s meals, being able to reuse [leftovers] and turn them into something else.
If you could get one thing across to moms in America, what would it be?
Try to eliminate packaged food and have as many whole foods as possible. For little kids, think of their food as their medicine. They’re growing; their brains are developing. If you just give them processed, fake food or food-like substances, you’re not really giving them anything to hold onto or to really thrive on. So as much as you can, giving them whole foods is just better.
How do you eat out smart?
We try to do as much farm-to-table as possible or eat the organic choices at restaurants if they’re available. We don’t eat at a lot of chains. We try to go as local as possible. Usually when it’s a chain, it’s not the best quality. Not all the time – we have Urth Caffe at home [in LA] and Le Pain Quotidien, and both have really nice, high-quality food - but much of the time it’s mass produced.
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