From the desk of Kristen Reynolds, PT, DPT, PMA-CPT…
Although I’m not an intense football fan like my loved ones, I love the feeling of Football Sundays! Why? Because it brings my family and friends together in a venue that is about relaxation and sharing food! And with relaxation comes the opportunity to spend time in the kitchen doing some “clean cooking.”
Before walking down to the local football stadium to watch my nephews play, I make hot chocolate for my travel mug. It is easy to remember or modify for taste, but for one serving, I typically combine 12 oz unsweetened almond milk, 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 tbsp agave syrup, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp vanilla, and a dash of sea salt (1/8 tsp cayenne optional) into a pot and warm over medium heat. Stir constantly with a whisk. Pour into travel mug and enjoy!
After the games, it’s time to prep lunch, dinner, and dessert. Check out these pins for some of my recent fall favorites:
Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash and Quinoa
Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti & Italian Paleo Meatballs
Pumpkin-Carrot Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
(I modify this one a bit oat flour, stevia, organic pumpkin and a greek yogurt substitute recipe for cream cheese swirl from www.cupcakeproject.com)
Enjoy your root vegetables this season and happy eating!
Kristen Reynolds, PT, DPT, PMA-CPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy & PMA Certified Pilates Teacher
Always interested in dance, sports and fitness, Kristen Reynolds is a former YMCA and Junior Olympic gymnast, coach, and ACE personal trainer. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science from James Madison University in 2006 and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2009.
While practicing in orthopedics and sports medicine, a mentor introduced her to the Pilates Method and she has since pursued comprehensive training and professional certification from the Pilates Method Alliance to compliment her clinical interests. Dr. Reynolds is one of the few instructors in Massachusetts to have earned the distinction of PMA Certified Pilates Teacher. Additionally, she is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Sports Physical Therapy Section, APTA of Massachusetts Shoulder and Manual Physical Therapy Special Interest Groups, IDEA Health & Fitness Association, and Authentic Pilates Union.
Integrating the Pilates principles and repertoire with her manual therapy skills has produced successful rehabilitation outcomes for a wide variety of patients, including adolescents, elite athletes and dancers, and individuals with chronic orthopedic conditions. Dr. Reynolds utilizes this alternative therapeutic approach to improve muscle performance and joint mobility, correct posture and alignment, enhance body awareness, and create an evenly conditioned body that is more resilient to extremity and spinal injury.