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Published Monday May 13, 2019 by Brittany Raine

The Best (and Healthiest!) Boston Brunch Spots

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Nutrition

Searching for that go-to weekend brunch or lunch spot that won’t completely ruin your weekday workouts? Don’t sweat it! Grab your friends and get ready to chow down on all things healthy at a few of our favorite cafés around the city. 

 

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Tatte Bakery and Café 

Multiple locations across the city
From Beacon Hill to Harvard Square, this elegant and oh-so-tasty landmark bakery and cafe has 12 uniquely elegant restaurants throughout the greater-Boston area. A favorite weekend haunt, Tatte is the place for a deliciously delectable brunch that offers a variety of savory and sweet plates to please any crowd. Plus, they have an awesome gluten-friendly menu (their flourless sweets are to die for!). 
What to order: Veggie Croque Madame, Multigrain Avo Smash Tartine or Chicken & Sweet Potato Salad with a Cardamom House Latte 

 

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Trident Booksellers and Café  

Back Bay 
Books and brunch? Yes, please. This quirky and quaint Newbury Street staple is unassuming and worth waking up early or rolling in midday for a can’t-miss healthy dining experience. With everything from a Build Your Own Omelet to Smoked Salmon Scramble and Kale Quinoa, Trident’s menu has all the basics and then some. Check out their espresso with CBD oil and loose tea selection; it’s so good.  
What to order: Cranberry Maple Quinoa, Breakfast Pizza, Butternut Squash Tacos, or Popeye Bowl with a Grapefruit Sunrise Smoothie

 

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Flour Bakery + Café 

Multiple locations across the city
Grain bowls and breakfast cookies—you can’t go wrong at this Boston staple morning, noon or night. With eight locations that include the South End, Back Bay Station and Harvard Square, Flour’s menu spans everything from sweet treats to gluten-free specialty items and hearty snacks. Switching it up on a seasonal menu, their minimal selection of sandwiches, salads, and grain bowls shows that they know what they're doing and man do their healthy options make all of our vegetable and protein dreams come true! 
What to order: Arugula + Farro Salad, Grilled Cauliflower Melt, or Roasted Chicken Sandwich with a Granola Bar Cookie. 

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
Written by
Brittany Raine
Consumer Content Program Manager
About the author
A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.
What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?
Fitness
Published Monday Sep 21, 2020 by Sara Lesher

What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?

That’s something I never expected to hear. Think about it: we join gyms and studios because of their equipment, instructors, space, community (and AC, of course). But who’s to say we can’t get all that—or at least most of it—with virtual and online classes, too? In this new wave of wellness, we’re all switching up our fitness routines as we switch up our everyday schedules and habits. It’s not just in-studio or at-home anymore. It’s in-studio, at-home, at the park, beach, parking lot, rooftop...virtual, hybrid, Instagram Live, online, on-demand, and so much more. As we’re adapting, adjusting, finding our groove, etc., online gym memberships enter the frayHas a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? 

So, why should we care about online gym memberships? 

There are tons of benefits to an online gym membership, especially right now.

Let’s break this down: 

1. Scheduling convenience 

A virtual/online gym fitness membership is a monthly subscription that gives you access to tons of live stream fitness classes you can take anywhere, from studios across the globe. These fitness studios offer tons of at-home workouts, group exercise, and one-on-one training sessions to choose from, no matter your exercise program or fitness level. With so many options, it’s easy to find one that fits your schedule. Whether you want to fit in a morning flow before work, combat that afternoon slump with some cardio, squeeze in some strength training before dinner, or wind down with an evening barre class, you can pick and choose classes to fit your fitness routine. 

2. Minimizing exposure to COVID-19 

And because they’re online, you can take these classes from the comfort of your home (or wherever you are), thus minimizing your exposure to COVID-19 and eliminating your commute to the gym or studio. By now, many of us have our designated “workout spot,” whether it’s an actual weight room, a quick scooch of the coffee table, or a grassy area in the backyard. Maybe you’re comfortable here... maybe you’ve even learned to love it.  

With an online gym membership, you can stay in your safe space/comfy workout spot. Or, you can go somewhere new (local park, beach spot, a different area of the house, you know). You can access these virtual, live stream fitness classes from any device, so you can prop up your phone, laptop, or tablet wherever you want to go, or roll out your mat in front of the big screen TV in your living room. 

3. Variety 

We all have our favorite, go-to workouts. But sometimes, it feels good to switch it up (especially right now). Working from home all day, many of us are craving some variety and excitement, and an online gym membership can definitely help with that. According to our recent poll about COVID’s effect on our fitness routines, 64% of you have tried new online workouts since the start of the pandemic—I know I have. Maybe it’s because trying new things is easier in the comfort of our homes, maybe we’re finally able to try some classes we normally can’t find locally, or maybe we’re all just bored out of our minds...I don’t know. But I’m excited about it.  

With an online gym membership, you can get that spice you’re looking for easily. Start out your Monday by hitting some HIIT, ease your sore muscles with some Restorative Yoga, and end the week with some dance cardio to pretend you’re at the club. The world is yours. 

What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?

 

4. Working out without a commute 

My favorite part? No commute. There are literally no more excuses when it comes to skipping workouts. No traffic, no schedule conflicts, no fear of returning to the studio. You don’t even have to worry about packing a gym bag with a change of clothes and shower supplies or prepping a snack or protein shake to bring to work. Just shut your computer, throw on some leggings, and get to work. 

5. Community 

Community—the element of online fitness memberships we don’t often think of. When we go into studios, we understand the beauty of a fitness community. We’re greeted by our instructors, we chat with others in the class, and we all sweat together and encourage each other throughout. But working out at home is different... or is it?  

We can do workouts on our own at home all we want, but we’re definitely going to miss out on the community aspect we all know and love. But, with live stream classes, we can create a different kind of community. The beauty of it? It’s not just your neighbors anymore. Anyone with an online fitness membership can join these classes, regardless of where they’re located in relation to the studio, so you can be working out alongside people from all over the world—now that’s something I can get behind. 

 
Interested yet?

Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s marketing content associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).