Lavelier HydroTherm Collection

Over the past year I have really started to take a serious look at my skincare routine. I have always struggled with acne breakouts (the awful cystic kind) I am ready to find products that not only combat my acne but help minimize my pores, reduce the redness I get in my cheeks and of course prevent wrinkles! While I have had some success with a whole slew of products I recently partnered with Lavelier to give their HydroTherm collection a try. The goal: get my face ready for all the fun I have planned for spring and summer. I really want my skin to look and feel its best during these warm New England months!

The HydoTherm Collection consists of three products – face mask, serum, and cream. When reading about the brand I learned that the secret behind their products from from Corallina officinalis (aka red coral seaweed) which is said to energize and rejuvenate the skin as well as contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Lavelier has many products and collections so if you are looking for anything from anti-aging to rejuvenation along with more balanced, even tone there is a collection for you!

How beautiful and luxurious is this packaging?? I am obsessed with the rose gold detailing!

 

 

HydroTherm Intense Masque

What intrigued me most was the first product of the collection that I tried – the HydroTherm Intense Masque. This mask includes ingredients such as Kaolin Clay, marine botanicals and aloe vera. It is different than any other mask I have ever used because of its unique heat-activated properties. I could feel it warm up as soon as I put on my skin! This product is not as thick as your usual clay mask and stays wet compared to others I have used which dry out while using them and tend to make my skin feel tight. I kept it on for 1o minutes and then washed with cool water. I LOVED IT. And the bottle will go a long way since it is recommended to use once a month.

 

 

HydroTherm Sauna Serum

Next up was the HydroTherm Sauna Serum and I used this product in two ways. First I put a few drops on my fingertips and massaged into the HydroTherm Intense Masque. The serum helps to intensify the mask’s warming effects and it feels oh-so good! Second I use another few drops directly on my skin at night after cleansing my face and applying my toner. Again, a little bit of product goes a long way with this and it really absorbs well into the skin and doesn’t make my skin feel like there is any residue on it. The serum has ingredients such as anti-aging vitamins and seaweed extract.

 

HydroTherm Completion Cream

The last product from the collection that I tried was the HydroTherm Completion Cream. This cream has a nice thick texture and contains hyaluronic acid, vitamin A retinyl palmitate and other botanicals which help to minimize signs of aging, fine lines, and pores while plumping the skin and improve overall tone, texture, and contour. I have been using this every night after applying the HydroTherm Serum and my skin instantly feels so hydrated!

 

 

In the couple of weeks I have been using these products I have noticed that my redness in my cheeks has been significantly reduced, my pores appear smaller, and my skins feels hydrated and looks bright. I also haven’t experience any acne breakouts! So I am extremely excited to see my results with continued use. My only downfall with this product is the price – it is way out of my budget! However, I will continue to use these products while I have them and report back on how it is going while I still have the product for those of you who are interested in following along!

 

 

Creamy Pesto Fettuccine with Brussel Spouts and Bacon

I could seriously eat pasta 24/7. I love all of the different shapes it comes in and how many unique ways you can pair it with veggies and proteins to make countless dishes and never get bored.

 

 

For the longest time I thought I had to give up pasta if I wanted to lose weight and tone up. I constantly cut it out my diet trying to go carb-free and ended up feeling so deprived that I would end up bingeing on it and feeling awful after. I wasn’t seeing the physical results I wanted because I kept putting my body in shock every time I would do this and it was confused and I constantly felt bloated and puffy. Over the past 3.5 years I have taken a hard look at my nutrition and started learning about different ingredients, what foods make me feel the best/worst, and learning that if I eat all food groups in the right balance I can have everything I want, feel amazing, and see results.

When it comes to pasta specifically I have changed over to eating either whole grain, gluten free, and even chickpea or lentil pasta. These varieties of pasta typically have more protein and haven’t been stripped of so many of their good nutrients. I have also focused in on managing my portion size and if you have been following me for the beginning of 2018 I have been on an 80 day fitness in nutrition journey where I have been practicing timed nutrition.

 

 

Timed nutrition was an adjustment at first because it did require more food planning and prep than I typically do but when making sure I have food to eat every 2-3 hours (eating 5-6 times a day) while working full time I needed to have everything ready to grab and go! It was an adjustment the first two weeks but eventually I found my rhythm, got a good handle on how much food I needed to buy each week so I didn’t waste anything (or not have enough), and got super speedy in my prep! I usually prep 2 times a week on either Saturday/Sunday and again on Wednesday which helps me have variety in what I am eating and keeps me from getting bored – my KEY to staying on track! Now that I got through that uncomfortable time of learning and being a little outside of my comfort zone in my routine it has made my life SO much easier is something I will continue to do for the rest of my life. I have noticed the biggest improvement in my energy levels from eating this way. Because each of my meals includes the correct balance of protein, veggies, carbs, and healthy fats my metabolism is running at an optimal level which has prevented any mid-afternoon energy crashes for 3 months straight. It has also given me more energy to power through workouts and increase the weights I use that I have never been able to do before.

 

 

 

What I love most about this nutrition plan is that I can eat pasta. I am eating pasta with at least 1 meal a day and then the rest of my carbs come from either sweet potatoes, brown rice, quinoa, beans, lentils or sprouted grain bread. I am in legit foodie heaven yet I have the results you see below!! Eating to fuel your results is real!!

Since I am constantly on the lookout for new pasta brands I was excited to come across skinnypasta™. This high-protein, low-calorie and low-carbohydrate fresh pasta has amazing texture and taste which I find extremely important when choosing which pasta brands I eat. If it’s mushy after cooking it just won’t work for me and skinnypasta™ has the perfect al dente texture and it cooks up in 2-3 minutes because it is fresh! They also offer low-glycemic, vegan, gluten-free and other allergy-sensitive options as well. Today’s recipe features their HIGH PROTEIN Fettuccini and I will be creating another recipe using their SUPERFOOD Teff Penne which is gluten free to have ready to share with you in a couple of weeks after all of my travel I have going on!

 

 

I love a creamy flavorful pasta sauce but my waistline can only handle it on occasion so with this recipe I wanted to create a healthy alternative by making some key ingredient swaps and Creamy Pesto Fettuccini with Brussel Sprouts and Bacon was born! This recipe as NO cream and NO cheese – crazy right? But I promise you all the flavor is there and you will feel completely satisfied after eating this.

 

 

I hope you enjoy this recipe and give skinnypasta™ a chance to help you #NourishPassion in your life! If you make this recipe snap a picture and let me know how it comes out by tagging me on Instagram.

 

Creamy Pesto Fettuccine with Brussel Spouts and Bacon
Author: Emily Goodman
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 4 slices turkey bacon
  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • 10oz fresh brussel sprouts, [i]halved[/i]
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice [i]**If using fresh, it’s the juice of a half a lemon**[/i]
  • 1 box of [url href=”https://gkskinnypasta.com/product/high-protein-fettuccine/” target=”_blank”]skinnypasta™ HIGH PROTEIN Fettuccini[/url]
  • 1/2 cup prepared pesto
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • Pink Himalayan Salt and pepper, [i]to taste[/i]
Instructions
  1. Cook the turkey bacon in a skillet until crispy. Drain on a paper towel and crumble once cool. Set aside.
  2. Wash and halve the brussel sprouts. Heat the olive oil a skillet over medium heat and add the brussel sprouts cut side down in a single layer. Cover with a lid and cook for 3 minutes. Uncover and add 2 tablespoons of water but do not touch the sprouts. Cover and cook for 2 minutes more. Uncover and toss the brussel sprouts with lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  3. While the sprouts are cooking bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the fettuccini and cook according to package directions (2 minutes) until al dente. Drain and reserve 1 cup of pasta cooking water.
  4. Add the pasta back to the pot. Add the brussel sprouts, bacon, pesto, and greek yogurt. Add the reserved pasta water as needed until the sauce gets to the consistency you prefer.
Notes
This is not a Portion Fix or 80 Day Obsession recipe so I do not have container counts for it.[br][br]If serving 8 people I recommend serving as a side dish alongside an additional protein. If serving 4 people it is enough for a main dish.[br][br]Optional adds: Toasted pine nuts, parmesan cheese, fried or poached eggs on top

 

 

 

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Chica de Gallo Salsa and Guacamole

I cannot resist salsa and guacamole. Especially when it is paired with a freshly made tortilla chip. Like seriously, the chip cannot get into my mouth fast enough. That is exactly what happened when I tried the salsas and guac from Chica de Gallo over the Memorial Day weekend with some friends.

 

 

Chica de Gallo is a local Boston-based company located in Everett, MA. They make fresh, vegan, and preservative free products which is a total win in my book and I love that I can find their products in Whole Foods as well as local stores, farmers markets and breweries in MA, CT, RI, and NH.

My mango obsession has been fierce for the past few months so when I saw Mango Pineapple Salsa in their product lineup I pretty much started jumping for joy right in my kitchen. It is a wonderful mix of  sweet from the mango and pineapple, savory, and heat from their signature pepper medley. It even has fresh ginger for an added depth of flavor.

I was also extremely happy with the texture and color of their guacamole. How many times have you tried to buy pre-made guac in your supermarket and it’s looked brown and unappealing? Yuck. Not with Chica de Gallo. Their guac is a green as can be and every batch is hand crafted.

Each of their salsa and guacamole varieties comes in a heat range of mild, medium, hot to best fit your flavor palate. For the extra adventurous check out their Ghost Pepper salsa!

And remember, salsa and gauc is better shared with friends! ?

 

 

Be on the lookout for recipe posts featuring Chica de Gallo right here on Emily J. Goodman ?

 

 

Night Pillow – 90 Day Review

While technically it has been longer than 90 days since I first received my NIGHT Pillow™ I had so much travel booked within that time that I wanted to ensure I was actually SLEEPING on  my pillow for a full 90 days. So that is why you are seeing this post now 🙂

My love for the NIGHT Pillow™ continues to grow and I honestly cannot imagine NOT sleeping on this pillow every again!

 

 

HERE IS WHAT I HAVE EXPERIENCED SO FAR IN 90 DAYS:

  • HAIR GROWTH….while it wasn’t some crazy amount of inches I see not only only growth but less breakage and that is huge for me since one side of my hair was legit not growing before sleeping on the NIGHT Pillow™
  • My chronic upper back and neck pain continues to gone and I have not once woken up with a stiff neck. I don’t know how I slept on pillows that did not have the support of the self-adjusting oxygenated memory foam.
  • I have noticed that the NIGHT Pillow™ always stays nice and cool. I love a cold pillow and used to be the queen of flipping my pillow over and over to get the cold side but not anymore!
  • My skin continues to feel hydrated and my hair stays shiny thanks to the TriSilk™ pillowcase and I never wake up with sleep marks
  • I toss, turn, and move the pillow in about a million different positions some nights but it always bounces back to it’s full shape!

 

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While I could go on and on about the benefits that I have continued to see check out this awesome video to learn more! And don’t forget if you want to get the NIGHT Pillow™ pillow for yourself submit your email on their website so you can get $10 off your 1st order.

 

 

Night Pillow – 60 Day Review

It’s been a full 60 days on my NIGHT Pillow™ and I am still so in love! I had some travel during the month of January  and I was seriously contemplating packing my pillow to bring with me – I wish I did because the nights I had to sleep without it were definitely not as comfortable. Seriously, no pillow compares to the NIGHT Pillow™,

 

Here is what I have experienced so far in 60 days:

  • While I haven’t much change in my hair growth since my first 30 days I think part of that was that I have not been consistent with my non-sleeping hair care routine such as weekly coconut oil hair masks and limiting washing to 3x per week and only putting heat on my hair 1-2xs per week. However, I am happy to see that I have maintained the growth I had during the  month of December
  • My chronic upper back and neck pain is gone! The NIGHT Pillow™ provides so much more support due to the self-adjusting oxygenated memory foam.
  • My skin feel oh-so hydrated. Did you know NIGHT Pillow™ wicks away absorption and helps distribute the creams for improved results? Hydrated skin = prevention of fine lines and wrinkles!
  • I am having fewer breakouts. I have struggled with acne since I was a kid and I have tried EVERY remedy out there from topical creams, to prescriptions. As an adult I have definitely been picker about what products I use on my skin and opt for all-natural, non-harsh products. I love how the NIGHT Pillow™  repells pollutants that typically collect on your sleep surface to help fight acne as well.
  • Sleep marks be gone!! I never wake up with those pesky sheet marks I used to get from using a standard pillow case.

 

12/1/2016

 

1/1/2017

 

2/1/2017

 

If you want to get the NIGHT Pillow™ pillow for yourself don’t forget to submit your email on their website so you can get $10 off your 1st order!

 

 

 

Night Pillow – 30 Day Review

When I was back in NYC in November my friend has this beautiful sleek black pillow that felt like a cloud when laying on it. She informed me it was the NIGHT Pillow™ and I immediately had to know more about it!

 

 

Those close to me know that I have been struggling with hair growth for the past two years and during that time I have tried quite a few silk and satin pillow cases to help minimize damage while I sleep along with countless hair treatments and products. So when I saw the pillow I was most intrigued by the proprietary spandex silk cover that is meant to help keep moisture in your skin and hair.

 

 

What is really cool about this pillow is that you don’t need any extra pillow cases! You sleep directly on the custom TriSilk™ moisturizing pillowcase that comes pre-assembled on your NIGHT Pillow™ to maximize the benefits. If the black hue of the pillow doesn’t match your room decor, no problem! Just tuck it behind your regular pillows during the day until you are ready for bed at night.  I love mine so much I keep it right out on my bed and will even bring it into my living room for those lazy days on the couch where I want to just lay down and watch a movie. Don’t worry, the TriSilk™ pillowcase can be easily removed and is machine washable to keep your pillow fresh and clean 🙂

 

 

Upon receiving my pillow, I wanted to document my experience with it for the first 30/60/90 days.

 

Here is what I have experienced so far in 30 days:

  • My hair is WAY less frazzled and tangled when I wake up in the morning and it actually did GROW (pictures below). Using a regular  pillow case I always woke up with my hair all over the place and it was never in a condition I could style it without washing and blow drying it all over again. Since I am trying to limit the amount of times I wash my hair per week waking up with my hair tame, smooth, and SO SHINY has been a game changer! The TriSilk™ pillowcase also helps to minimize split ends since your hair doesn’t get caught on the case like it can on a regular cotton case which cause major hair damage while you sleep.
  • My upper back and neck pain is dramatically reduced. I have chronic upper back and neck pain that comes from long hours sitting hunched over at my desk. While I try to combat this by proper posture and regular massages I realized how important proper support while sleeping is as well. The NIGHT Pillow™ actually has self-adjusting oxygenated memory foam so there is no need to stack this pillow with others, it will actually mold to your body and your most comfortable sleep position. Within a few days of sleeping on it I had a custom pillow that worked for me!
  • My skin has never looked better! This is by far the most noticeable difference for me NIGHT Pillow™. This pillow actually helps to improve the effectiveness of facecreams by wicking absorption and helps distribute the creams for improved results. Now my expensive GLAMGLOW hydrating cream can really go to work 🙂

 

I am really excited to see some hair growth these past 30 days…and I even got a trim during that time to get rid of my split ends and it’s still longer than it was in the beginning of December. I have this weird thing happening on the right side of my head where the hair almost looks as if it has been damaged and breaks off and appears shorter than the rest of my hair. I have tried COUNTLESS remedies and I cannot take biotin because it causes me to severely break out so I am beyond excited to see a difference, especially from the back. Every night I brush my hair with a natural bristle brush, massage in some Moroccan oil with a few drops of peppermint oil, and sleep with it in a braid. Once a week a do a saturating coconut oil mask as well. I also try to only wash my hair 3 times per week and use as little heat as possible.

12/1/2016

 

1/1/2017

 

For those of you who are wondering how my hair looks so long in my pictures it is because I love to wear clip in hair extensions. I find it really fun to be able to switch it up and get more glam for a night out and my favorite brand are the Euronext ones from Sally’s Beauty. The color matches my hair perfectly I don’t even have to dye them!! I refuse to put permanent extensions in since I think it will do more damage to my hair and I love being able to take them in and out and really scrub my hair when I wash it.

 

 

These are the top three things I have noticed within just the first 30 days of sleeping on the NIGHT Pillow™ and I am looking forward to sharing with you after 60 and 90 days! If you would like to read about ALL of the benefits of sleeping on the NIGHT Pillow™ check this out!

 

 

If you want to get the NIGHT Pillow™ pillow for yourself don’t forget to submit your email on their website so you can get $10 off your 1st order!

Roasted Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese is hands down my favorite food of all time. If you told me I could only eat one food for all 3 meals for the rest of my life it would be mac and cheese. But mac and cheese is not my waistlines favorite food. While I wish I could shove my face into a gooey, cheese bowl of heaven every single day I also want to fit into my clothes. Which brings me to talk about this lightened up version of Roasted Cauliflower Mac and Cheese.

 

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Not only is it gorgeous to look at but it totally hits the spot when you are craving something warm and cheesy. And it is loaded with veggies so you can enjoy without the guilt! ? ? If you still in need of a side dish for your Thanksgiving table this week this seasonal take on mac and cheese is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

 

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I was inspired to create this recipe when the awesome folks at Banza sent me some samples of there delicious chickpea pasta to try out. While I am not gluten free I do enjoy trying out gluten free foods and adding them into the rotation of my meals. Did you know Banza is made from 90% chickpeas and that chickpeas are naturally gluten free food!

 

Banza also has  double the protein, four times the fiber and nearly half the net carbs of average pasta!! You can check out their full nutrition label here.

 

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You cook Banza just like you would any other type of pasta. However you may notice a little bit of foam in the pot that develops while cooking. This is the same foam that occurs when you boil chickpeas and is the result of a naturally occurring plant compound in beans called saponins. If you want to decrease the foam add a splash of oil to the water, or just scrape some foam off the top during cooking. It does not effect the taste of the pasta at all.

 

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I found the Banza pasta to have a great consistency and was the perfect texture for this heartier pasta dish. The ridges on the penne shape were great for holding on to the gooey cheese sauce I poured all over it.

 

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MMmm cheesey pasta ? I could eat it just like this right from the pot!

 

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I have made countless mac and cheese recipes over the years but cauliflower may just be my favorite vegetable to pair with it. Cauliflower eaten raw or steamed can be very bland so I am not surprised when people tell me they don’t like it. But coat it in some olive oil, Himalayan pink salt (or sea salt), fresh black pepper, roast it in the oven and be ready to be have your whole outlook on cauliflower change. Roasting it helps to bring out it’s natural sweetness and don’t be afraid to let it get good and brown in some spots.

 

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Cauliflower has so many health benefits including being a great source of vitamin C and K, dietary fiber, and can help your body to detoxify. It is a great ingredient to use in place of mashed potatoes, rice, or even to make a healthy alfredo sauce.

 

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Roasted Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Author: Emily Goodman
Prep time:
Cook time:
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 small head of cauliflower, [i]cut into florets[/i]
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Himalayan pink salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 8oz box of Banza pasta (or 8oz of the pasta of your choice)
  • 2 tablespoons organic grass fed butter
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 1.5 cups of unsweetened almond milk
  • 0.5 teaspoons of Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 0.5 cups shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of dried parsley
  • 1/4 cup of whole wheat panko bread crumbs
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 F.
  2. Coat your cauliflower with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper.
  3. Roast for 40-45 minutes until you have nice caramelized brown spots on the cauliflower florets.
  4. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and season generously with salt.
  5. Add the pasta and cook for 8 minutes until al dente.
  6. While the pasta is cooking melt the butter over a medium heat.
  7. Add the flour and whisk continuously for one minute to form a roux.
  8. Add the milk and continue to whisk until the mixture thickens, approx 5 minutes.
  9. Turn off the heat and add the Dijon mustard, cheddar and Parmesan.
  10. Drain the pasta and reserve 1 cup of the pasta cooking water.
  11. Place the pasta back in the pot and add the cheese sauce. Stir to combine adding the reserved pasta water as needed to help thin out the sauce consistency to your liking.
  12. Add the roasted cauliflower and parsley. Stir to combine.
  13. Pour the pasta mixture into a large baking dish and top with panko bread crumbs.
  14. Turn your broiler on high and broil for 3-4 minutes until the panko has browned (or bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes).
Serving size: 1.5 cups
Notes
21 Day Fix container equivalents per serving: 2 yellow, 1 green, 1 blue, 1 spoon

 

 

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Since this dish is packed with protein and loaded with veggies means I can eat mac and cheese for all 3 meals now right??

 

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