A pretty page turner, a must-see health film, the scoop on a new ice cream craze and more.
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The humble chickpea crossed over to the sweet side when aquafaba emerged on the vegan baking scene as a sub for egg whites, and now this versatile legume is starring in its latest – and unlikeliest – spin-off: ice cream (yes, really!). At Little Chickpea, founder and owner Micah Camden set out to create a plant-based ice cream using a short list of all-natural, non-GMO ingredients, and “milked” chickpeas proved the ideal base for a super-creamy frozen dessert with a gelato-like texture. Check them out in Portland, Oregon, where classic flavors with a twist like Matcha Mint, Szechuan Strawberry and Cherry Chai are flying out the door. Or watch for pop-up stores in Austin and New York this spring. littlechickpea.com
Adeline Waugh found her calling as a recipe developer, food stylist and photographer when she set out to heal her skin troubles by adopting a diet of fresh, whole foods. In Vibrant & Pure: Healthful Recipes for Bright, Nourishing Meals, Waugh shares nutrient-rich recipes for toasts, smoothie bowls, dips and mains like Pink Caesar Salad and Sticky Sumac Salmon with Pomegranate Chimichurri. This must-have book is packed with mouthwatering photos and styling tips for everyday meals. $24, Clarkson Potter
Since going mainstream, cannabidiol, or CBD oil, has, for many, become the remedy of choice for treating all kinds of ailments from anxiety to joint pain to insomnia. We’re seeing it at cosmetic counters, too, where CBD’s natural anti-inflammatory properties give the ingredient serious “it” status. Current obsession: Natural-beauty brand Bogavia has a lineup of CBD-infused skin-care products that promise to help calm redness, control acne, balance oil production and even soothe achy muscles. The luxe collection includes a clarifying cleansing gel, a skin-plumping hyaluronic serum and a cooling body balm. $10 to $60, bogavia.com
Watch List: Fat Fiction
Ever wonder how fat came to be such a dirty word when it comes to our western diet? Fat Fiction, a health documentary released earlier this spring featuring Clean Eating columnist Dr. Jonny Bowden, among other esteemed nutrition experts, questions decades of dangerous advice from the US Dietary Guidelines advising Americans to eat a carb-heavy and low- or no-fat diet. The film features a number of prominent voices from a growing body of nutrition leaders who contend that dietary fat, an essential component of a healthy diet, was scapegoated by the medical community and food industry for more than half a century. In this film, Bowden restates a common message you’re likely already familiar with if you’ve been reading CE for a while: A diet low in carbs and rich in healthy fats is the key to reversing America’s obesity epidemic. fatfiction.movie