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!

 

 

Crockpot Pumpkin Chili

Its that time of year where everything and anything is pumpkin and I am totally ok with that. I love everything about the seasonal winter squash, especially cooking pumpkin seeds but since I live in a condo with no outdoor space of my own I can’t carve and place out pumpkins for any sort of decoration since they will rot quickly indoors. So when my craving for pumpkin seeds hit I don’t let that precious squash go to waste. Making homemade pumpkin puree is so easy and it beats any canned version you will find at the store. I freeze my fresh puree in 2 cup servings for quick and easy access whenever my craving to cook a pumpkin recipe hits…like this extremely easy, sweet and spicy, Crockpot Pumpkin Chili.

 

While this isn’t quite set it and forget it recipe, the sacrifice of having to sauté up the ground beef with the onion and jalapeño in a separate skillet first is worth it because this dish is oh so flavorful.

 

Pumpkin Chili

 

I was worried this recipe was going to be too spicy with the jalapeño and chili powder but dare I say I may opt for more heat next time I make it? If you like your chili with an extra kick I would make sure to keep your jalapeño seeds and sauté them along with the beef and onions and even opt for more chili powder or even a dash of cayenne or hot sauce into the crock pot.

 

Crockpot Pumpkin Chili
Author: Emily Goodman
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds removed and diced
  • 1 lb ground beef; 90% lean
  • 1 14.5 can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree (or 1 15oz can of canned pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 15oz can of red kidney beans
  • 1 15oz can of cannellini beans
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the diced onion, jalapeño and ground beef. Cook breaking up the beef with a spoon until meat is no longer pink. Drain any excess fat.
  2. Transfer the beef mixture to a crock pot and mix in all remaining ingredients.
  3. Cover and set crock pot to low and cook for 3 hours.
  4. Top with any desired toppings! I like to serve mine over brown rice and top with scallions, cheddar cheese and a dollop of green yogurt.
Notes
If you would like to make this recipe a bit spicier keep the jalapeño seeds and sauté them with the onions and beef mixture or add a bit more chili powder or cayenne or hot sauce to the crock pot mixture prior to cooking.

 

Love Art Udon

This past week I was invited to Love Art Udon for a VIP  tasting event prior to their grand opening later this month. From the people behind Love Art Sushi‘s delicious sushi and poke bowls, Love Art Udon‘s menu is filled with you guessed it – udon noodle bowls! And lots of tasty tempura. All made from scratch in-house with the freshest ingredients.

 

Located in Packard’s Corner on Commonwealth Ave in Boston I was immediately drawn in by the pink Tasty Noodz glowing sign. Anything insta-worthy like this just totally sucks me right in!

 

 

The staff working the counter service style restaurant were so friendly and knowledgeable. They walked us through the entire menu of different broth and noodle choices. I was completely in love with the gorgeous gold bowls the heaping portions of steaming hot soup were served in. I need these for my house!!

 

 

All of their udon is made from scratch in-house and I chose the seasonal special matcha udon in the original broth. The original broth consists of a soy dashi sauce and smoked fish broth with been and onion topped with tempura flakes and scallions.

 

Holy wow those noodles!!! They were the perfect thick texture and the matcha gave them such a nice flavor and I loved the green color.  The portion was large and filling and the broth had a deep flavor that was warm and comforting.

 

Original Broth with Matcha Udon Noodles

 

My friend opted for the miso broth with original udon noodles and also topped hers with beef, onion, tempura flakes and scallions. She gave me a taste and hers was just as warm and comforting as mine and definitely a bowl I will want to order during a future visit! The miso bowl can be made vegan as well if you order without the beef and onions.

 

Udon Noodle Bowl
Miso Broth with Original Udon

 

To go along with our udon bowls we split a bunch of tempura and sides. I loved how light and fluffy the tempura batter was and I was blown away at how much I enjoyed the tempura kale!! It had such a unique and addicting flavor I kept going back for more. It was the clear winner for our favorite side dish!

 

Various Tempura
Pumpkin, Zucchini, Sweet Potato, Shrimp, and Kanikama (crab) Tempura

 

Kale Tempura
Kale Tempura

 

Seaweed Salad
Seaweed salad with sesame, vinegar, chili, and sweet inari tofu skin.

 

Pickled Vegetables
Lightly pickled bean sprouts, shredded carrots, and cucumbers

 

To see the full menu of udon soups, tempura, sides and beverages check out their full menu here. I know the NE Chowdah Udon is a MUST GET when I go in for my next visit!

 

And don’t forget to check out all of the gorgeous wall art from Japanese Artist Hayato Kawaii that stretches the entirety of the bar seating area. Keeping consistent with the Love Art style you will find small “Easter Eggs” about the owners and the company in an eye popping street art/anime style.

 

 

Love Art Udon

1024 Commonwealth Avenue A

Boston, MA 02446

 

 

Glow Bowl

If I am going to eat a salad or a bowl you can bet that that salad or bowl is going to be filled with hearty and filling ingredients. You won’t find any boring spinach or kale only salads over here. I bury those ingredients in my morning super food smoothie! For me, I prefer big chunky vegetables and fiber filled carbs jam packed with flavor that while keeping me satisfied, also are keeping me full.

 

Recently I was out to dinner with some friends at a restaurant near my home {The Broadway in South Boston for anyone reading this who lives in Boston, MA}. We got a bunch of different items off the menu but one dish that stood out the most to me was the Glow Bowl. Filled with grilled zucchini, quinoa, brussel sprouts, creamy goat cheese and grilled shrimp that we added it was full of different flavors and textures and kept us nice and full throughout the concert we were attending after. I didn’t expect the dish to be warm which was a really nice surprise and it was a very large portion, as it should be for $15!

 

Over the next few days I found myself craving that Glow Bowl so I headed to the grocery story and picked up all the ingredients {and then some because I wanted more veggies!} and created my own version.

 

I am happy to say it was just as good as I remembered and easy to make with plenty of leftovers to pack for work lunches for the week. This dish doesn’t even need dressing because the vegetables cook up in oil and seasonings and when warm the goat cheese is all gooey and melty.

 

Give this recipe a try and make sure to tag me on Instagram at @emilyjgoodman so I can check out what you made! With all the hearty and healthy ingredients packed in this dish you will feel like you are glowing from the inside out!!

 

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Glow Bowl
Author: Emily Goodman
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • Olive oil
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1 package of [url href=”https://emilyjgoodman.com/caramelized-lemon-brussel-sprouts/” target=”_blank”]brussel sprouts[/url], approx 10 oz
  • 1 8oz package of mushrooms
  • 1lb uncooked shrimp
  • Pinch of chili peppers
  • Fresh lemon
  • Fresh parsley and mint, [i]to taste[/i]
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese crumbles
  • Salt and pepper, [i]to taste[/i]
Instructions
  1. Cook the quinoa according to package directions (see instructions to end up with 2 cups cooked). Set aside when done.<br></br>
[b]Prepare and cook all the vegetables:[/b]
  1. Using a mandoline slicer (or a really sharp knife) slice the zucchini into 1/4 inch slices.
  2. Brush with olive oil, salt and pepper and cook on a grill or in a grill pan over medium high heat for 3-4 minutes each side or until dark grill marks appear.
  3. Cook the brussel sprouts. I follow [url href=”https://emilyjgoodman.com/caramelized-lemon-brussel-sprouts/&#8221; target=”_blank”]this method[/url].
  4. In a large skillet saute the mushrooms over medium high heat in olive oil until cooked through and golden brown.<br></br>
[b]Cook the shrimp:[/b]
  1. Clean the shrimp and season with olive oil, salt, pepper, pinch of red pepper flakes.
  2. Cook on the grill or in a grill pan over medium high heat for 2 minutes per side until pink and fully cooked through. Squeeze lemon on to finish.<br></br>
[b]Assemble the Glow Bowl:[/b]
  1. Divide quinoa and vegetables into 4 bowls.
  2. Top with shrimp, goat cheese, freshly chopped parsley and mint.
  3. Serve warm.

 

grilled zucchini

 

brussel sprouts

 

grilled shirmp

 

chopped mint and parsley

 

prepped ingredients

 

glow bowl

 

Pasta Primavera

I am quickly falling in love with every variety of skinnypasta™ from Gabriella’s Kitchen! First was the low carb, high protein fettuccini. Now it is the gluten free and vegan Teff penne.

 

 

I am not gluten free or vegetarian/vegan but I do know many people who are and I absolutely LOVE creating recipes that they can enjoy too! Many of these people were not always gluten free or vegan/vegetarian and I constantly hear how much they miss the texture of semolina or wheat based pasta. I have tried many varieties to try to find one that I think best matches in both texture and taste and it wasn’t until I found  skinnypasta™  that I had a true winner. Once cooked it wasn’t gummy and didn’t have any weird after taste which is something  I have experienced with other gluten free or higher protein pastas.

Something I NEVER do when I cook whole wheat or semolina pasta is rise it but I have found with any other type {gluten free, chickpea, lentil, etc.} I personally find I like the texture of the end product better when I rinse it. You do you – rinse or don’t rinse!

 

 

Never heard of Teff before? Neither had I! When I am creating recipes that are comforting and satisfying but I want to ensure they jam packed with nutrients I am always on the lookout for superfood ingredients and Teff is definitely one of those! Originating from Ethiopia, Teff is an ancient grain that is naturally gluten free and a good source of protein, fiber, iron, zinc, copper, and manganese. This grain is the size of a poppy seed if you can believe that but it is so packed with nutrients and is a wonderful wheat alternative.

 

 

As many of my recipes do, there is a lot of room for ingredient swaps. This dish works with whatever veggies you have in your fridge. And if you wanted to add additional protein to this it would go great with some chicken or shrimp as well! Get creative and make the dish your own to suit your tastes buds.

 

Pasta Primavera
Author: Emily Goodman
Pasta Primavera Author: Emily Goodman Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 10 mins Total time: 20 mins Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 box [url href=”https://gkskinnypasta.com/product/superfood-teff-penne/&#8221; target=”_blank”]skinnypasta™ SUPERFOOD Teff Penne[/url]
  • 4 teaspoons coconut oil, [i]divided[/i]
  • 1/2 cup onion, [i]diced[/i]
  • 1 cup mushrooms, [i]sliced[/i]
  • 1 cup zucchini/summer squash
  • 1 large clove of garlic, [i]mincded[/i]
  • 1/2 cup carrots, [i]shredded[/i]
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, [i]halved[/i]
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt (I used [url href=”https://siggis.com&#8221; target=”_blank”]siggi’s[/url])
  • Salt and pepper, [i]to taste[/i]
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the [url href=”https://gkskinnypasta.com/product/superfood-teff-penne/&#8221; target=”_blank”]skinnypasta™ SUPERFOOD Teff Penne[/url] according to package directions. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta cooking water then drain and rinse under cold water.
  2. Heat a large skillet over a medium heat. Add 2 teaspoons of coconut oil.
  3. Add the onion and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and saute for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add 2 more teaspoons or coconut oil and the zucchini/summer squash and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add the minced garlic, shredded carrots, and tomatoes.
  6. Once all the veggies are cooked through add the cooked pasta, parmesan cheese, and yogurt. Use the reserved cooking water to thin out the mixture to your desired consistency.
  7. Season with salt and pepper.
Notes
Portion Fix container equivalents per serving: 1 green, 1 yellow, 1/2 blue, 0.25 red, 1 spoon[br][br]If you would like to make this recipe vegan you can swap the parmesan cheese with a vegan cheese.

 

If you decide to try skinnypasta™  yourself I suggest you keep it in the freezer. Since it is fresh it has a much shorter shelf life than dried pasta and I can tell you from first hand experience that if you keep the Teff Penne it in the fridge for more than 1 week it will not last. So if you don’t plan to use it right away, the freezer will be your best friend! There is a freezer date on every box so you know exactly how long it will last!

 

 

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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
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
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/&#8221; 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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50% off eyeglasses and sunglasses at GlassesShop.com

I have had the same pair of prescription sunglasses for almost 4 years now. They are a nice pair of aviators but I have always wanted to be able to switch up my look with different frames but all of the glasses I saw at my eye doctor were really expensive. While I wanted to change up my look I did not want to break the bank doing so.

When I stumbled upon GlassesShop.com I was really excited to see a really wide variety of eyeglasses, sunglasses, and prescription sunglasses at really affordable prices ($20-40 range). I knew I wanted something that looked totally different that what I currently wore and I was immediately drawn to this cat eye black and gold frame:

 

This was my first experience with finding eyeglasses online and I cannot share enough with how simple and easy it was! And I honestly would have never bought this style of frame from my eye doctor because of price since it is a look and frame style I don’t typically wear. I wasn’t going to spend a big chunk of change on a look I wasn’t sure I would like but with the price points at GlassesShop.com it makes it much easier to be a little bit more adventurous in your look and try something new!

 

 

This will definitely NOT be my last time I shop for prescription sunglasses or eyeglasses online. With easy to use search filters and even a super fun “Try On” feature where you can upload your picture to see how you would look in different pairs you are sure to find exactly what you are looking for!

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