Cooking with Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba
All the recipes we tried out with Jessica Alba are lactose and gluten free.
Credit: ZIco Premium Coconut Water

There are certain celebrities whose bodies are so close to perfection that you can’t help but wonder, what the heck does she eat? Jessica Alba is one of those people. On top of being ridiculously in shape, she’s also a busy mom. So what does she eat? Alba revealed to us that one of her secrets is cooking with Zico Coconut Water. We joined her in the kitchen and got her to teach us three easy recipes to try at home.

Kale salad with coconut water vinaigrette
“What’s great about this salad is that you can add any kind of fruit to it,” Alba tells us. If you’ve struggled with making kale at home, so has she. “Whenever I made kale, it was always really tough,” Alba says. “What I learned is to massage the dressing into the kale.” Check out the full recipe below.

Ingredients for salad:
1 bunch kale, washed with stems/ribs removed
1 peach, sliced
1 plum, sliced
1 nectarine, sliced
1/2 cup blackberries
1/2 cup sliced almonds

Ingredients for vinaigrette:
1/4 cup Zico Natural Premium Coconut Water
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Combine all ingredients except almonds and blackberries into a large bowl and massage kale with the vinaigrette until leaves become soft and dark green. Toss sliced fruit with dressed kale. Garnish with blackberries and sliced almonds.

Chicken with mango salsa
Alba likes to prep her meals in the morning to make prep time easier at night. “I marinate the chicken in the coconut water in a Ziplock baggie in the morning. This is a great dish to bring to a barbecue because you can eat it cold or hot. My family barbecues a lot!”

Ingredients for chicken:
4 boneless chicken breasts, cut into one-inch cubes
3/4 cup Zico Premium Coconut Water
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1-2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 teaspoon salt

Ingredients for mango salsa:
2 mangoes, peeled and diced
2 teaspoons minced red onion
1 teaspoon lime zest
1/2 cup Zico Premium Coconut Water

Directions for chicken:
Combine all chicken ingredients, except the chicken, in a blender and blend until smooth. Marinate chicken pieces for 12 hours in the refrigerator. Skewer the chicken pieces onto metal skewers. Grill chicken for 6 to 10 minutes per side. Remove chicken from skewers and garnish with mango salsa.

Watermelon ice pops
We finished off our meal together with something sweet and refreshing. “My kids love watermelon,” Alba says. If you don’t have ice pop molds, she says you can use Dixie cups and the ice pops turn out just as delicious.

4 cups watermelon chunks, seeds removed
1/2 cup Zico Premium Coconut Water
Juice of 1 fresh lime
2 tablespoons agave nectar

Ice pop molds

Combine watermelon, coconut water, lime juice and agave nectar in a blender. Puree until smooth. Transfer to ice pop molds and freeze.

Follow Emily on Twitter: @EmLaurence


MTA announces service changes for Sunday

The MTA has announced service changes ahead of Sunday's People's Climate March, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Riders using…


NYPD launches Twitter account for L train

The NYPD recently launched a Twitter handle dedicated to the L train and its riders. According to @NYPDLtrain, officers went underground Thursday morning to hand…


Bushwick community space offers activists a place to…

A new Bushwick community space offers community activists to meet, create, learn and throw back a few cold ones. MayDay, located 214 Starr Street in Bushwick,…


Activists gearing up for Sunday's "historic" People's Climate…

If all goes according to plan, more than 100,000 people will gather near Central Park West on Sunday morning and march through midtown to raise…


Kevin Smith makes peace with the Internet

I was thinking about Ain't It Cool News and Harry Knowles last night, wondering if anyone from Ain't It Cool had reviewed my new movie…


Art imitates life in 'Swim Little Fish Swim'

There's a certain comfort to be taken in finding that young artists are still moving to New York and trying to make it — and…


Review: Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem' is better…

Terry Gilliam's latest, "The Zero Theorem," concerns a reclusive malcontent (Christoph Waltz) struggling with the search for the meaning of life.


Esperanza Spalding and a being called Emily get…

Esperanza Spalding is about to spiral off in a brand new direction that may or may include an alter ego named Emily.


Oday Aboushi ready for increased role, and to…

Oday Aboushi might feel comfortable enough to engage in some trash talk the next time he is on the field.


Giants vs. Texans: 3 things to watch

The Giants host the surprising Texans (2-0) in what may already be a must-win game for Big Blue.


Eric Decker misses practice again, could miss Monday

Jets wide receiver Eric Decker missed practice Thursday as he continues to rehab a hamstring injury suffered last Sunday.


Derek Jeter still focused on baseball as final…

Derek Jeter has effectively hid his emotions for 20 years in the Bronx.


A sneaky way to serve kids fruits and…

"My First Juices and Smoothies" gives smoothie recipes for kids.


3 things we love from Day 1 of…

The highlights from Day 1 of Milan Fashion Week.


Why don't more couples use condoms?

  Call it the “condom moment.” That’s the name the authors of a new study have given to the pivotal conversation every couple should be…


Need an idea for a first date? Here's…

Picture your idea of a nice first date. Is it dinner and a movie? A visit to an interesting museum exhibit? Instead, an expert on…