Alicia Silverstone Tells Us Where Cher Horowitz Would Eat Today

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This particularly dreary Tuesday definitely needs an energy boost, and in this case it’s in the form of Alicia Silverstone. The actress — known for her iconic role as Cher Horowitz in Clueless — is the definition of a multi-tasking mom, constantly updating her website, The Kind Life (which celebrates all things vegan), as well as writing books on the subject, all while maintaining her acting career.
Her newest book The Kind Mama is a guide book for new Moms, taking them through her own personal experiences with pregnancy and fertility as well as tips and advice. The actress and author seems to be doing it all, but would it really be like Silverstone not to? As if.
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The New Potato: From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
Alicia Silverstone: "This is tough! I love going to the Farmer’s Market and letting myself be inspired by what’s fresh and in season. Spending time with friends over a delicious lunch or dinner, ideally at home, is also a treat — nothing I hate more than overdoing it at a restaurant and waking up puffy and parched the next day!"

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In terms of diet, how do you practice beauty from the inside out?
"It all starts with a kind diet. By eating a varied, plant-based diet, you will strengthen your immune system, beautify your skin, increase energy, and reduce your risk (significantly!) for developing so many diseases."

What are your nightly and morning beauty regimes?
"I try to incorporate yoga and walking into my daily life. I aim to eat mindfully by breathing, relaxing, and setting an intention before my meals — and actually chewing my food! Seriously, how many of us chew? And, as most moms will attest, sometimes the basics can feel like a luxury — so during a crazy day when I can brush my teeth and wash my face, that feels like a victory. No matter what, I try to have fun and my foundation, rooted in the clean and life-giving food I eat, is what keeps me spunky and balanced."
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What's a beauty mainstay you haven’t changed since your Cher days?
"My long hair."

How do you balance a healthy lifestyle and a love for all things food?
"I happen to love foods that are actually good for me and make me feel my best. Does that mean that I don’t sometimes indulge? Of course not! Some days that might be something gooey and chocolatey or other times, a too-salty restaurant meal. But I make sure to balance those days with healthy days and always stay true to my kind diet."
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What’s always in your fridge?
"Umeboshi plum vinegar, Shoyu, Scallions, Sunflower seeds, Earth Balance butter and Veganaise for when needed."

What’s your idea of the perfect smoothie?
"Strawberries, cinnamon, and almonds. Planet Raw makes the craziest smoothies ever."

Foods that make you glow…
"Brown rice, greens, beans, and seaweed."
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*Click here for Alicia's recipe for fat fried noodles.
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Can you tell us about your new book The Kind Mama and what made you run with this idea?
"I wanted to provide women with a book that was full of valuable information that would help them get pregnant, have an ailment-free pregnancy (free of the icky stuff we all assume is unavoidable — from hemorrhoids and swollen ankles to diabetes) know their birth options, and empower them to make the choices that feel right for them throughout, so that they could have the most healthy little baby. And, I wanted it all in one, accessible place. Basically, The Kind Mama is a recipe for having the happiest, healthiest baby around."

How does it fit into the kind life lifestyle? What will new moms take away from it?
"Being a Kind Mama starts with being kind to yourself by getting yourself as healthy as you possibly can — starting with adopting a kind diet. Being a mama requires every morsel of your being. You don’t want to be distracted and tired, sick, or irritable. I consulted some of the smartest obstetricians, pediatricians, midwives, healers and experts in the field, as well as the latest research, to provide mamas and mamas-to-be a soup to nuts guide for every step of the journey, so that they can enjoy a blissful pregnancy and birth and a happy, healthy baby."
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What are some common misconceptions about going vegan?
"Your body gets everything it could possibly want from kind food, and the body in pregnancy (and new mama-hood) is no exception. The key is getting enough variety. Every plant has its own unique magical properties, so filling your plate with a wide range of veggies, beans, nuts, seed, and grains is how you make sure your body is completely fortified. In the book I provide a 'Kind Food from A to Zinc' guide for inspiration for how to get every vitamin and mineral you need from these amazing plants."

What are some words to eat by?
"Know where your food came from and exactly what’s in it. Be kind. Chew!"
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Where do you love to travel? What won’t you travel without?
"I love Lake Tahoe, Big Sur, New York, Ireland, Africa, and Paris. I always bring Ume plums, in case I need to balance out some naughty food or too much salt."

What are your favorite cities for food? What restaurants do you go to in each?
"New York and L.A. both have such great food! In New York, I love Pure Food & Wine, Candle Café West, Lula’s Sweet Apothecary, NY Dosas, Hangawi and Vegetarian Dim Sum House.

"My favorite Los Angeles restaurants are Planet Raw, Shima, Real Food Daily for brunch on the weekends, Crossroads, Elf, M.A.K.E., Inaka, and Café Gratitude."

What are five things you’re loving right now?
"My son, yoga, walking in the neighborhood alone, naps, Planet Raw smoothies and food for culinary delight."
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In the same vein as "what is the new black," what is the new potato of health?
"I think they key to health is not what’s 'new' but what’s old — ancient wisdom holds the answers to so many of the health problems of our modern era."

As a throwback, what restaurants and stores would you find Cher at now and why?
"I think you’d probably see Cher at Café Gratitude or Crossroads, enjoying delicious healthy food and the good-looking and cool crowd. Cher might like Satine on 3rd."
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