Common On His Love for Cookies and The One Dish His Mom Must Make For Christmas

During the holidays, the Grammy and Academy Award winning star must have absolutely one thing. Hint: it comes from his mama!

Christine Quinlan Dec, 22, 2016

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Feeding Young Minds

I believe that what you eat affects the way 
you feel, the way you think and how beautiful you can look, so I’m really passionate about introducing kids to a holistic, healthy, good life. That’s why my foundation, Common Ground, offers nutritional programs where chefs come 
in and talk about eating healthfully.

Superhero Drink
I like green juice, especially one called Green Machine, because it gives me that kick I need. I almost 
played the Green Lantern in a film, but maybe Green Machine 
should be my superhero name.

Music Lessons
I grew up in Chicago eating everything: 
barbecue, hamburgers, bacon. Then I heard rappers, like KRS-One in “My Philosophy,” 
say things about not eating meat, which 
was a real education, especially since it 
was coming from somebody cool. That stayed 
with me and made me want to learn more.

Finding Balance
As soon as I removed meat from 
my diet, I started to feel a clarity 
I didn’t have before. It sounds funny, but I feel like I was rapping 
better. I was vegan for a while, then came back to the middle 
and started eating fish and seafood.

Holiday Hankerings
Food is a big part of celebrating Christmas. Eggnog is one tradition I really enjoy. I’ve 
found some nondairy versions that are pretty good, especially spiked with a little liquor. 
My mother has learned to cook healthy food for me, but she also makes me her fried catfish. 
I know it’s not the best for me, but I love it.

Sweet Rewards
I’m a cookie monster. I like the gluten-free, sugar-free ones from Erin McKenna’s in NYC. I’ll come home after working hard, and they’re my treat—I’ve earned them.