I moved to the suburbs of Boston nearly 7 years ago. It was a big move for my family. We came all the way from Seattle, WA. When coming to a new town, the first thing I try to do is find fun and healthy options and activities for myself and my family. The folks at goodnessknows snack squares asked me to share my top choices for a Goodness Guide to the Boston Area. There are so many wonderful options to choose from. I’ve focused mainly on the MetroWest area, which is where I live.
Healthy Meal Delivery Service – The Foodery
Good healthy food is easily available all over the Boston area. I have a number of favorite restaurants, but with my busy schedule, I can’t always get out to dinner. The Foodery provides a weekly menu from which to order. Simply order place a minimum order of $50 to get amazing meals delivered right to your door.
There is also no commitment contract. The Foodery also cooks everything from scratch. They are passionate about using organic and local produce, antibiotic-free and hormone-free meats and healthy cooking methods. Doesn’t this Szechuan Shrimp look amazing? I may have to order this one! Yum!
Favorite Restaurant – The Cottage
The Cottage restaurant has locations in Wellesley and Chestnut Hill. They provide unique food with a farm to table theme. They are proud to serve locally sourced ingredients too. The food is so delicious it is hard to pick a favorite. Go with a large group so you can share. Brunch is also spectacular and they have recently added online reservations. It’s a family friendly environment too!
Workout Studio – Soul-Cycle
Soul Cycle spin studio is like nothing I have ever experienced. Even if you don’t want to be a regular, I highly recommend you give it a try. Rockstar instructors guide riders through an inspirational, meditative fitness experience that’s designed to benefit the body, mind and soul. Classes are on the expensive side, but worth at least a try. Who knows, you might just be converted to a true “soul rider.”
Personal Trainer – Anthony Passamonte
Anthony made it to the finals of the Men’s Health Next Top Trainer competition. Co-Owner and head trainer at Impact Functional and Sports Training in Sudbury MA. Anthony is high energy, fun, and motivational. He and his staff have created an inspiring community that is a great alternative from large commercial, overcrowded gyms. If you stop in, tell him Jenn from Comeback Momma sent you.
Hiking Trail – Walden Pond
Part of the Massachusetts Forests and Parks system, Walden Pond State Reservation includes 335 acres of protected open space so that visitors can experience the pond that inspired Thoreau. There is a 3 mile trail around this iconic pond, which is lovely nearly year round – the trail closes for deep snow. Fall is a perfect time to enjoy the foliage and take your family for a hike ( don’t forget to take some goodnessknows snack squares for a snack).
Farmer’s Market – Russell’s Garden Center
Saturdays from 10-2 Jan-March. Russell’s Garden Center in Wayland hosts more than 100 vendors over the course of 10 weeks. It’s the perfect place to take your family for local food and produce during the winter months. There are often tasting and craft events. It’s also a wonderful place to shop for holiday gifts from local artisans.
I always say “A happy and healthy mom makes for a happy and healthy family.” As mothers, we need to take good care of ourselves. Take some time to recharge and rejuvenate.
Day Spa – Invidia Salon and Spa
Invidia Salon and Spa provides a wide variety of spa services. Their spa pedicure is amazing! My husband makes my year with an annual spa day gift package. Every women should feel this special and pampered at least once a year. The facials are fantastic too! Invidia is also a full service salon if you want to get you hair and makeup done for a date night too! It also provides services for kids. My daughter loves getting her hair done there.
Wellness Retreat – Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
About 2.5 hours from Boston is the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Although I have yet to visit this center, I have heard wonderful things! I have a girlfriend who attends at least one retreat every year. I am aiming for the R&R Retreat next Spring. With Kripalu’s R&R Retreats, you decide how to spend your days so that you can create exactly the right experience for you. Choose from a variety of workshops, outdoor activities, and yoga and movement classes.
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