Want to spend the morning perusing the farmer’s market with Alicia? So do we. It crossed our minds that we could hire a bus, fill it with readers and make a grand excursion to farm stands across LA. But we quickly remembered our distaste for bus rides and overly-crowded markets and opted for these beautifully-written insights from Alicia instead. Ugh, farmer’s markets are so narrow…
We love Alicia’s delicious inspirations for nourishing yourself and those you love most. Enjoy her shopping ideas and quick-fix snacks, and let all those recipe mentions pique your appetite for April 15th when her new book The Kind Mama finally hits shelves! Trust us when we say this book is an incredible resource for new and expecting mothers, and the perfect gift idea for the next baby shower on your calendar.
Stay tuned for our Kind Mama giveaway next week. If you just can’t wait, pick up her classic The Kind Diet for instant vegan gratification. Here’s Alicia…
My favorite veggie:
This is a tough one! I love artichokes, leeks, kabocha squash, white-flesh sweet potatoes…honestly, the list is endless!
Favorite place to shop:
Produce shopping tip:
Check out your area farmers market for great local and organic options (which are often less expensive and healthier than what you’ll find at your supermarket).
For something sweet strawberry smoothies, or almond butter and brown rice syrup – when mixed together they form something similar to caramel – delicious with apples or just on its own. When I want a savory treat, I toast some sourdough bread, spread with Earth Balance butter, and top with sliced tomatoes and a tiny pinch of salt. Yum!
Toasted sunflower seeds, pine nuts, and walnuts.
Meat, fish, and protein:
No way, Jose! But Field Roast makes the best “sausages” (the smoked and Italian are my faves). I also love Rhapsody’s Teriyaki Tempeh, and Health Times seitan. My books have a lot of great recipes that include these.
Best label-reading tip:
I avoid words that are hard to pronounce – ingredients should be very simple to read, not an endless list! In general, try to make more real food and avoid the packaged stuff when possible.
Lemon, scallions, rice, kale, dried beans, mochi, brown rice syrup and toasted nori sheets.
Fresh, in-season fruit, brown rice syrup and carrot juice.
Dairy or non-dairy faves:
Earth Balance butter, veganaise and Rice Dream ice cream sandwiches, all as fun foods.
Skip labels that read:
I try to opt for whole foods whenever possible, but when it comes to packaged goods, I always avoid animal-derived ingredients. I try to avoid any added sugars and any ingredient with numbers in it – that’s just bad news!
Dates at the market – they are seriously like candy! I also love Moo cheese (an amazing vegan cheese made from cashews) with crackers or a sourdough baguette.
My shopping bag is:
Wine and other indulgences:
Chocolate-dunked coconut delights in The Kind Mama or the chocolate peanut butter cups in The Kind Diet are my decadent treats.
Simple go-to recipe:
Fat fried noodles, or sausage and sweet potato hash (both from The Kind Mama). One of the quickest, easiest and most delicious things to make is my baby bok choy drizzled with ume vinaigrette from The Kind Diet. Three to four ingredients, and less than five minutes!
The Kind Life: Living Well With Alicia Silverstone
IT HAS BEEN such a pleasure to have eco-chic mama Alicia Silverstone with us all month long. From perusing the farmer’s market stands and grocery aisles to whipping up a macrobiotic take on a takeout staple, we’ve loved learning the day-to-day of this new mother and author of the long-awaited The Kind Mama, which hit shelves last week.
In true green goddess fashion, Alicia is bringing us back to basics this week. We gladly took her up on the offer to raid her pantry and learn the health habits she never leaves home without, from her food philosophy to the workout she uses to stay so glowingly gorgeous. Take a page from Alicia’s book, then go pick up a copy of your own!
Depends on the day, but my go-to dishes are immune boosting miso soup (The Kind Mama), steamed or blanched greens with ume vinaigrette (The Kind Diet), some kind of porridge, like sweet rice, amaranth, and apricot breakfast porridge (The Kind Mama), or mochi waffles (The Kind Diet), yum!
MY FOOD PHILOSOPHY IN ONE SENTENCE:
I love to eat! Nourishing, balancing foods (that also happen to taste amazing) have the power to make us feel like our best and healthiest selves.
Depends on the day. If I’m eating out, I’ll have an enzyme. If I’m not having my usual cultured fermented veggies, then I’ll do a probiotic. If I’m traveling and not eating as well, I’ll take a prenatal for breastfeeding. During high-stress times, or if I’m not out in the sun as much as I’d like, I’ll take vitamin D, and B12 a bit more regularly. But no matter what I take, I always makes sure to look for 100%-food-based, certified-organic, vegan vitamins.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT MY:
My son Bear Blu, my husband Christopher, brown rice and vegetables and beans.
ONCE A WEEK FOR MY HEALTH I:
I love going to yoga class with my husband on Saturday mornings.
I love yoga; walking (with friends, with my son in his ergo carrier, or by myself) and, of course, dance parties with my son and husband!
BEST HEALTHY FOOD OPTION ON THE GO:
Nori wraps of leftovers (The Kind Diet) – so easy and yum!
3 STAPLES ALWAYS IN OUR PANTRY:
Brown rice, nori toasted sheets and dry beans.
AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK I COOK…
IF I COULD GIVE JUST ONE PIECE OF HEALTH ADVICE IT WOULD BE…
Start moving away from dairy, sugar and animal foods, and instead, get cozy with whole grains and plant-based proteins and veggies. Everything is better when you do this! My first book, The Kind Diet, has tons of advice and recipes for how to do just that!
The Kind Diet, The Kind Mama, The China Study, The Food Revolution, Business of Being Born, Orgasmic Birth, Good Nights by Jay Gordon, Treatment Alternatives For Children, Shantaram, The Red Tent.
GO-TO HEALTH RESOURCES:
Macrobiotic counselor Warren Kramer and chef activist Christina Pirello of the Kushi institute.
5 THINGS ALWAYS IN MY MEDICINE CABINET:
My fridge is my medicine cabinet! These are my go-to healing foods:
Ume plums: Hangover? Feeling off? Getting sick? I use for cure-all tea in the Kind Diet.
Kuzu: Use for the ume sho kudzu drink from The Kind Mama, for all above as well.
Echinacea: When you feel something coming on, or if you already have the little bug.
Black elderberry: Same as above.
Avoid animal flesh completely.
SIMPLEST WAY TO IMPROVE HEALTH:
Cut out animal foods.
FAVE HEALTHY GETAWAY:
We Care Spa, or a yoga retreat.
MY CURRENT MANTRA:
Stay in my heart and body more than in my mind. And I practice asking myself, “Is this helping me or hurting me?” to think whatever I’m thinking – and if it is hurting me, I practice letting it go.
GO-TO JUICE OR SMOOTHIE:
Carrot cocktail: lemon ginger carrot little apple or just carrot. Or simple green juice: kale or romaine or both, apple, and lemon and ginger.