Uniquely Boston: 5 Activities for a Fit and Fun Winter

Thanksgiving has passed, and winter in New England is fast approaching. Contrary to popular belief, it is not necessary to go into hibernation and pack on the added layer of “insulation.” Here are five Dr. Rob approved activities to stay healthy and active this winter!

Ryan Warming Up

 

 

Greet the sun.

Get up early and watch the sun rise over the Charles River. Head out early for a walk or run around the Charles. You can customize the length of your route, pass through several neighborhoods, and see an array of urban wildlife. Best of all ��� it’s FREE!

Frog Pond

 

A Boston Tradition

A quintessential Boston winter tradition, the Boston Common Frog Pond is open for public ice skating. They are open daily, admission is minimal ($6 if you’re over 58-inches), and skate and locker rentals are available for a small cost. After you finish skating, grab a hot chocolate and head across the street for a walk through the Public Garden. If you have your little ones with you, be sure to visit the Make Way for Ducklings statues to cap off your day of Boston traditions!

��Ski Track

Weston Ski Track

If you are looking for a new challenge, take the quick ride to Weston to visit the Weston Ski Track. Purchase a trail pass and spend the day cross country skiing or snowshoeing on 15km of trail. Rentals are available on site, and they even offer lessons. Keep an eye on their website for updates on operating hours, because the hours are determined by weather and snow!

�� Boston Public Market

Boston Public Market

This indoor market is open year-round and chalk full of local vendors selling a variety of fresh, seasonal foods from Massachusetts and New England. Stop by for a hot chocolate from Taza Chocolate (one of Dr. Rob’s favorite treats!), get your grocery shopping done, or drop by the Kitchen and participate in one of the many workshops, programs, or tours that they offer!

 

Hopsters

Hopsters

Located in Newton Corner, Hopsters is a truly unique experience! Using all organic, locally-sourced ingredients, Hopsters allows you to experiment and brew your own beer. With over 30 recipes to choose from, they guide you through the brewing process. Hopsters has a partnership with a local organic farm from which they source the ingredients for their beer and food!

-Katie


Our Fall Five: the Healthiest, Boldest Dishes to Pass Through your Kitchen this Fall!

What is our Fall Five? I’ve teased out five of my favorite recipes, literally out of dozens that we’ve tried out in our own��kitchen this fall, that are simple, healthy, and packed full of deep autumn flavors! We hope you use these to inspire yourself, impress your family or guests, and warm up your��chilly��New England evenings! Enjoy!

Dr. Rob

 

Creamy Coconut Lentil Curry

People will be packing into your kitchen like a Mumbai train as the wafting aromas of this coconut curry hit the air!

People will be packing into your kitchen like a Mumbai train as the wafting aromas of this coconut curry hit the air! �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� Paleo modification: use mashed cauliflower instead of rice.��

 

Sweet Potato Bacon Burger Bites (w/ Maple Chipotle Ketchup)

These Bacon Burgers pack deep flavors and are taken beyond incredible with the accompaniment of maple chipotle ketchup! We don't eat ketchup either, but this will be an exception.

These Bacon Burgers pack deep flavors and are taken beyond incredible with the accompaniment of maple chipotle ketchup! We don’t eat ketchup either, but this will be an exception.

 

Chocolate Pecan Tart (Grain Free)

We've been making these tarts for years, every year I elaborate by adding orange zest or sometimes a shot or two of espresso to the filling. No doubt, these will become a favorite in your house too! Note: this recipe easily can be made into a full size pie.

We’ve been making these tarts for years. Every year I elaborate by adding orange zest or sometimes a shot or two of espresso to the filling. No doubt, these will become a favorite in your house too! Note: this recipe easily can be made into a full size pie.

 

Ginger Switchel

A new favorite in our house but I guess it's been made in the Caribbean for hundreds of years. Add a cinnamon stick, lemon, or whatever inspires you!

A new favorite in our house but I guess it’s been made in the Caribbean for hundreds of years. Add a cinnamon stick, zest and juice of a lemon or lime, a sprig of rosemary, or whatever inspires you!

 

Shepard’s Pie

This is NO ORDINARY Shepard's Pie! This classic Irish pub fare will no doubt impress you and your guests with it's simplicity and savory flavors!

This is NO ORDINARY Shepard’s Pie! This classic Irish pub fare will no doubt impress you and your guests with it’s simplicity and savory flavors! �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� Paleo modification: If potatoes are an issue, use mashed��cauliflower and substitute coconut cream instead of grass-fed heavy cream.