When a celebrity puts their face on a product, nine times out of ten they don’t know squat about it.
That’s not an exact figure but a good guesstimate based on Hollywood’s remarkable sell-out rate. I also don’t have a figure for that, but simply scroll back through yesterday’s Super Bowl commercials and you’ll see what I mean.
Jessica Alba is honestly not that kind of celeb.
She created The Honest Company after having the same doubts and concerns many new moms have about the safety of their household products, after giving birth to her first daughter, Honor.
Jessica decided to take the guesswork out of finding healthy products by creating her own, and has tirelessly researched every aspect of clean living so consumers know that when they buy a product from Honest, it will be, well, honest.
The girl clearly has a good head on her toned shoulders.
Being a fan of the company, I was over-the-moon to be invited to their 2nd Birthday last week and even more so when I realized I got to take home a bag full of their amazing goods.
The best part though was chatting with the actress, who was so friendly and down-to-earth.
As we discussed some of her favorite restaurants and fitness studios in L.A., I thought to myself, “I could totally see us being good friends.”
Well, that’s probably not going to happen. But based on her L.A. favs, I’m guessing we might run into each other again.
Here’s what Jess (I’m going to consider us on a short-name basis) told me about her healthy, happy, honest life:
Q: What are your tips for clean eating?
Jessica Alba: “When putting a meal together or going out to eat, try to use as much local food as possible. You can make an amazing, indulgent meal with fresh, organic produce and food. There’s a shocking amount of options here in L.A. because the weather is so great and we do have a lot of organic, farm-to-table options. I do a delivery service where I get a box of fresh produce weekly.”
Q: What are your favorite healthy restaurants?
Author’s Note: On her must-try list is Gracias Madre, and awesome vegan, Mexican restaurant from the owners of Cafe Gratitude. I tried it recently and will be reviewing soon! Spoiler alert: it’s fabulous.
Q: Where do you go to get your sweat on?
JA: “Jen Johnson’s dance studio is super fun. You’re dancing and the music is loud and you don’t feel like it’s a workout, which is what I love. She also does private lessons so if you’re uncoordinated and you don’t want to show everyone your sweet moves, you can try it alone. I also like Hot 8 Yoga and I like Flywheel a lot.”
Q: Valentine’s Day is coming up, what’s your ideal healthy date night activity?
JA: “Because I work a lot and I don’t always have time to make my own meals, I get Simple Foods Home Delivery. [Cash and I] will each get our own, watch TV and have a glass of wine. That’s our favorite healthy date night. On the weekend we cook more but during the week when we’re slammed.”
Q: OK, so if you did have time, what sexy — but healthy — meal would you be whipping up for your man on V-day?
JA: “I made lobster for [Cash] once. A good filet is nice. Or just a clean, vegetarian pasta with fresh tomatoes, basil and parmesan.
I think what is healthy is indulging once in a while. I think balancing a strict diet with moments of indulging is fine. I think too much of anything is not the right way to go, at least not for me. Obviously you don’t want to indulge all the time, but a little here and there, sure.”
Q: So what do you reach for when you’re indulging?
JA: “Red Velvet Cake. Fonuts makes a good one. I’m also a huge fan of coconut water and there’s this new chocolate coconut water I’ve been drinking and it’s nothing short of absolutely amazing. It’s one of those delicious treats that’s more of a treat than completely healthy. But it’s re-hydrating me, so I feel good about that.”
Q: Give us some healthy Valentine’s Day meal inspiration — what are your favorite red foods?
JA: “Red beets, red cabbage, red or rainbow kale, strawberries, cherries….there’s too many to list!
UPDATE: After bringing home my Honest Co. goodies and testing them out, here’s the ones that highly recommend:
The Honest Company Multi-Surface Cleaner – It smells like fresh grapefruit!
The Honest Company Laundry Detergent – Great for anyone with sensitive skin.
The Honest Company Wipes – Meant for babies, used by this prissy adult.
And I don’t have kids but I’m totally getting these adorable Giraffe diapers when I do!Photo Credit: Jason Merritt, WireImage *FYI this post was NOT sponsored by the Honest Co., honestly 😉