How Nutritionist Elissa Goodman Gets Her Day Off to a Glowing Start
December 07, 2023
Photos by: Bliss Braoudakis
In the care and keeping of a head-to-toe glow, skincare and nutrition go hand-in-hand, but finding the balance can often feel tricky. So, in hopes of simplifying our approach, we tapped nutritionist Elissa Goodman with three easy recipes we can always count on. For all the details—plus an in-depth conversation on what wellness really ought to mean—read on.
How do you define wellness?
Wellness is not just the absence of illness, but a comprehensive and harmonious state of health that encompasses all aspects of life. It's a balance between physical, mental, and emotional well-being, driven by nourishment, love, and a deep understanding of our own bodies. For me, wellness is about taking control of your health and sharing the knowledge gained from your own journey to help others experience the same joy and improved health.
When it comes to maintaining a healthy glow, what are some of your own daily non-negotiables?
Maintaining a healthy glow is a reflection of comprehensive well-being, and I prioritize specific daily rituals to achieve it. I begin with a green juice containing cucumber, celery, lemon, lime, ginger, cilantro, parsley, and colostrum, along with a probiotic for gut health. Quality sleep of 8-9 hours, 32 ounces of water before my morning coffee, and choosing clean organic coffee are essential. Including 8-10 cups of vegetables in my diet provides vital nutrients, and I aim for 10,000 daily steps to keep my body moving. Evening lymphatic drainage, like infrared sauna or dry brushing, aids in toxin elimination. These non-negotiables are the foundation of my vibrant well-being, honed through my personal health journey, but I am always trying new things and incorporating new practices!
Can you tell us a bit about these recipes? What kind of benefits can we expect from incorporating them into our weekly routines?
The detox soup is a nutritional powerhouse that offers a host of benefits for those who incorporate it into their weekly routines. The combination of greens provides a symphony of health benefits. Broccoli's antioxidants and vitamins are excellent for detoxification, helping to rid the body of harmful substances. Kale's nutrient density supports bone health and aids in digestion, making it a vital addition to the recipe. Peas contribute essential minerals and protein, offering a nourishing boost to your overall health. Finally, spinach, with its iron and antioxidants, promotes energy and supports healthy vision. The EG Kitchen Detox Tonic has been a crowd-pleaser among our cleansers for years. This recipe combines ingredients like Aloe Vera juice for antioxidant balance and immune support, Coconut Kefir for digestive health and immunity, lemon for improved digestion and detoxification, fresh ginger to reduce discomfort, prevent ulcers, and provide anti-inflammatory benefits. There is no better way to start your day than with such a nourishing tonic.
In general, or in this season specifically, what are some of your favorite ingredients to use? Why?
In general, and particularly in this season, I gravitate towards a variety of fall veggies, such as arugula, pumpkin, winter squash, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and broccoli, for their nutritional richness and seasonal appeal. Warming spices like ginger and turmeric continue to add depth and health benefits to my dishes. Citrus fruits like lemons and oranges bring both zesty flavor and immune-boosting vitamin C, and I love pomegranate seeds this time of year as well. Additionally, I incorporate dark leafy greens like spinach and fresh herbs like cilantro and parsley to enhance taste and offer additional nutrients. These ingredients align with my holistic wellness approach, making them my seasonal favorites.
What’s one wellness myth you wish people would forget about?
One wellness myth I wish people would forget about is the notion that a one-size-fits-all approach to health and wellness exists. Every individual is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. This especially applies to supplements, where just because a supplement goes viral doesn't mean it is a good fit for you, and it could actually do more harm than good. This is why I emphasize bio-individuality and in-depth bloodwork among all of my clients. I want to really get to know your background and your story before recommending a single thing. Understanding and addressing your specific health requirements is the key to achieving lasting well-being.
What tips do you have for someone who feels like they’re struggling to take charge of their wellness?
For someone struggling to take charge of their wellness, I have a simple yet powerful tip, 'One day…or Day One.' Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the journey ahead, start small and start somewhere. Set achievable goals that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine. The way you speak to yourself during your healing journey is crucial, so avoid setting yourself up for disappointment or self-criticism. Instead, focus on setting small, empowering goals because they accumulate and lead to lasting impact. Every step you take is a step in the right direction, and the journey begins with that very first small action!
In pursuit of our inner-to-outer glow, do you have any mantras or daily reminders you’d like to share?
In the pursuit of our inner-to-outer glow, I believe in the power of positive mantras and daily reminders. Each day, I remind myself that I am loved and safe in this body, on this journey, and in this moment.
In the pursuit of our inner-to-outer glow, I believe in the power of positive mantras and daily reminders.
1 banana1 scoop of NuFYX Protein Powder1 cup of almond milk1 tsp Yin Powder by SunPotion1/2 tsp MCT Oil Cashew yogurt1 cup of spinach1/2 cup cauliflower rice
The Detox Tonic
4 oz George’s Aloe Vera juice4 oz Tonix Coconut Kefir1 lemon juiced1-2 inches fresh ginger, juiced2 -3 tsp Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar3 droppers Mary Ruth’s Liquid Probiotic2 droppers Philosophie Liquid ChlorophyllAdd 4 oz filtered water to your taste level
3 cups broccoli crowns, roasted2 tbsp olive oil1 10 oz package of frozen spinach1 10 oz package of frozen kale1 10 oz bag of frozen peas1 10 oz bag of frozen edamame1/2 red onion diced1.5 cups chicken or vegetable stock2 cloves of garlic1.5 cups waterSalt & pepper to tasteChili flakes optionalAdd some veggie stock to thin it out or coconut milk (not cream)1 bunch of mint and 1 bunch of curly parsley
-Roast the broccoli in the oven at 350ºF. Thaw the frozen spinach and kale and squeeze out as much water as possible. In a large pot, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced red onion to the pot. Sauté until the onion becomes translucent and the garlic is fragrant, about 2-3 minutes. Add the broccoli crowns to the pot and stir them with the onions. Cook for another 2-3 minutes until the broccoli starts to soften slightly.-Pour in the chicken or vegetable stock and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes until the broccoli is tender. Add the frozen spinach, frozen kale, frozen peas, and frozen edamame to the pot. Stir and let simmer for 5 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, and chili flakes (if using). Remove the pot from the heat.-Using an immersion blender or a regular blender, blend soup until it reaches desired consistency. Be cautious with the hot liquid. Return the blended soup to the pot if you used a regular blender. Run through a strainer.-Serve the soup hot with olive oil and fresh-squeezed lemon juice.