What Jessica Alba Eats In A Day

As well as being a mother of two and managing a billion-dollar company, Jessica Alba still has one of the most enviable bodies in the business, so how does she do it? We quizzed her on her favourite meals and what is always in her fridge.

If we opened your fridge, what’s the most unexpected thing we’d find?

“The variety of hot sauce. I have five or six different types in my fridge,” she says. You can almost always find spicy buffalo-wing sauce, Tabasco, Sriracha, Cholula and at least one habanero sauce. “Anything habanero- or Caribbean-flavoured, I’m down with.”

Most little kids hate spicy foods. Do either of your daughters (Honor, 7, and Haven, 3) like it?

“Honor wants Cholula on all of her tacos, on her breakfast – even her eggs –and she’ll pour it on chicken. If I make roast chicken, she’ll want Cholula on it.”

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What about sweets – are there any desserts you absolutely love?

“I’m not much of a sweets person. I actually have low blood sugar and low blood pressure, and I get very woozy if I don’t have enough salt,” she says. “When I do hot yoga, water isn’t enough. I need to have salty water or I’ll have coconut water.”

Is salty water something you buy or make?

“I just add a pinch of salt to water. I really like pink Himalayan salt.”

How did you learn that you needed more salt in your diet?

“I told my doctor that I eat an abnormal amount of salt, and he said, ‘Did you know it’s because you’re naturally low? Your body overcompensates and needs more salt,’ so that’s how I justify all the salt I pour on everything.”

What Jessica Alba Eats In A DayAre there any foods you’re surprised that your kids eat?

Carrot and avocado salad topped with home-made dressing – a blend of lime juice, coconut water, olive oil, salt and pepper. “They go bananas for it. They’ll chow on that, even if they have their favourite pasta or hamburgers, or whatever with it, they’ll eat that first. I don’t even have to ask them to eat their veg.”

If we stopped by your house for dinner one weeknight, what would you probably be making?

“I try to always have a salad, and I always make my own dressing – it just tastes better. I’ll often make chicken quesadillas with corn tortillas and gallons of hot sauce. Literally. It’s like I’m trying to burn a hole through my stomach. It’s so good. It’s such a problem.”

What Jessica Alba Eats In A DayWhat’s your top guilty-pleasure snack?

“Nachos.” Alba says she’ll put just about anything on them, but her favourite toppings are home-made black beans, and jalapeñ​o and almond cheese. “I’ve been trying to use alternatives to dairy… and Whole Foods sells an almond cheese that melts surprisingly well, but you have to grate it. You can’t do slices.”

Do you have any tricks for making salads – particularly kale – taste better?

“A chef told me you need to massage the kale and it makes all the difference in the world. You know when you get fresh kale salad and it’s just too raw, and it’s not pleasant? So you just massage the kale with the dressing. You have to eat it right away, though.”

What are your go-to snacks during the week?

“My favourite snacks are my kids’ favourite snacks, because they steal all of my food,” she says. The standbys? Popcorn, and hummus with cucumber, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes and cauliflower.

From: Harper’s BAZAAR US