Isadora Baum is a freelance writer, certified health coach, and author of 5-Minute Energy. She writes for various publications, including Men’s Health, LIVESTRONG, Women’s Health, Well+Good, the Kitchn, All Recipes, Health, POPSUGAR, Eating Well, Spartan Race, Cooking Light, and more. She graduated from Northwestern University and can’t resist a good sample, a margarita, a new HIIT class, or an easy laugh. You can follow her on Instagram or learn more on her website.

    5 Easy and Delicious Whole30 Breakfasts

    By Isadora Baum / August 17, 2021 /

    These breakfasts are so satisfying and delicious, you’ll love them any time, whether you’re following Whole30 or not.

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    Our Smartest Air Fryer Tips

    By Isadora Baum / August 12, 2021 /

    This “it” appliance is definitely worth the investment — so long as you know what to expect from it (spoiler alert: it’s not exactly the same as frying) and how to use it.

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    5 Delicious Ways to Turn Frozen Spinach Into Dinner

    By Isadora Baum / August 10, 2021 /

    Frozen spinach is packed with essential nutrients like iron, folate, and calcium, making it a healthy addition to anything you’re making — stir-fries, stews, soups, and more.

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    This Is Our Favorite Store-Bought Caesar Dressing

    By Isadora Baum / July 8, 2021 /

    Caesar dressing is creamy and cheesy; bright and briny; and super-versatile. But sometimes you don’t feel like DIY-ing it. We’ve got the solution.

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    5 Fruits & Veggies That Are in Season Right Now (and What to Do with Them)

    By Isadora Baum / June 11, 2021 /

    Summertime is unofficially here, and with it so many fruits and veggies. Here are 5 fruits and veggies that are in season right now — plus how to turn them into something delicious. 

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    7 Quick & Delicious Lettuce Wraps for Easy Summer Dinners

    By Isadora Baum / June 7, 2021 /

    These lettuce wraps are part salad, part sandwich, and 100% delicious. Even better? They take less than 30 minutes to make. Summer dinner, done! 

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    Healthy Breakfast Shortcuts to Pick Up at Costco

    By Isadora Baum / June 6, 2021 /

    Breakfast can be a tricky meal because, well, mornings. Yet, getting that fuel can make for a happier, more productive day. That’s why having healthy breakfast shortcuts on hand is so important. Here are our favorites you can find at Costco.

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    In Case You’re Wondering, You’re Probably Drinking Too Much

    By Isadora Baum / June 1, 2021 /

    New research suggests that even drinking just a glass or two of wine after a long day at work may have an impact on your brain health. Here’s what to know and a few tips for cutting back.

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    5 Gluten-Free Pasta Salad Recipes to Make This Summer

    By Isadora Baum / May 29, 2021 /

    Pasta salad is a classic summertime staple for outdoor barbecues and beach days. If you’re looking for something lighter than the heavy, mayo-rich, refined pasta versions, these 5 recipes are mayo-free and gluten-free.

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    5 High-Protein Breakfast Ideas You Can Make Ahead

    By Isadora Baum / May 12, 2021 /

    A high protein breakfast can jumpstart your morning and keep your brain sharp until lunch, but it can be challenging to find time to prepare breakfast from scratch every morning. Enter these make-ahead recipes.

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    5 Low-Sugar Frozen Cocktails That Are Big on Flavor

    By Isadora Baum / May 11, 2021 /

    Frozen cocktails scream summertime almost as much as ice cream. One thing both have in common? They’re often loaded with sugar. The good news is low-sugar versions of your favorite frozen cocktails exist.

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    5 Fast & Flavorful Ground Chicken Recipes

    By Isadora Baum / May 6, 2021 /

    Ground chicken is cheap and protein-packed. But, like chicken breasts, it can be kind of blah. Luckily, it’s not hard to amp up the flavor. Need proof? These ground chicken recipes are anything but boring. Even better, they’re all ready in 30-minutes or less. 

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    Got a Can of Coconut Milk? Here’s What to Make

    By Isadora Baum / May 4, 2021 /

    If you have a can of coconut milk in your pantry, you’re in luck! You can whip up silky eggs, creamy and flavorful soups and stews, and paleo-friendly mocktails. Oh and those popsicles? They’re made with just three ingredients.

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    We Approve of This Science-Backed Pre-Workout Ritual

    By Isadora Baum / April 15, 2021 /

    According to a new study, doing this ONE thing before exercise may boost fat burning — especially if you’re working out in the afternoon.

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    Want to Eat More Protein? Here Are 5 Foods to Add to Your Grocery Cart

    By Isadora Baum / March 14, 2021 /

    Your morning meal will either fuel or drain you based on how many nutrients you’re able to get within those few hours after waking up before your day truly begins. A high-protein breakfast can keep you fuller for longer and give your brain a boost.

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    3 Crispy, Crunchy Alternatives to Bread Crumbs

    By Isadora Baum / January 27, 2021 /

    Who doesn’t love crispy chicken tenders or crunchy fish fingers? Sadly, breading and frying usually isn’t the healthiest option. But, that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice that crispy, crunchy texture. With a bit of creativity, you can find a breading substitute that’s just as satisfying. Here are three to try.

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    5 Foods to Eat When You Have Sore Muscles

    By Isadora Baum / January 25, 2021 /

    Did you know that eating strategically can help reduce muscle soreness. Certain foods can help relieve aches and pains, while others (namely sugar, alcohol, and processed foods) can increase inflammation and prolong muscle tension. Here’s what to eat when you’re feeling the post-workout burn.

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    The “Healthy” Mistake You’re Probably Making at Starbucks

    By Isadora Baum / January 21, 2021 /

    Maybe you pop in all the time, maybe you only go there in a pinch — either way, chances are grabbing coffee from Starbucks is a part of your life. And though you’re probably already avoiding those venti super-sugary specialty drinks (right?!), your go-to Starbucks order might not be as healthy as you think. Read on to find out the “healthy” mistake you might be making.  

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    7 Ways to Turn a Can of Black Beans into a Healthy Dinner

    By Isadora Baum / January 16, 2021 /

    Affordable and versatile, black beans are a nutrient-dense pantry staple. It is always a good idea to have a can — or three — on hand for quick and easy weeknight meals. Turn them into soups and chilis, use them to add heft to salads, and stuff them in everything from peppers to lettuce-wrap tacos.

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    Are You Drinking Too Much Water When You Exercise?

    By Isadora Baum / January 16, 2021 /

    It turns out, too little salt can be dangerous, too. How to tell if you’re deficient and what to eat to safely add sodium back into your diet.

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    6 Reasons You’re Waking Up Hungry

    By Isadora Baum / January 14, 2021 /

    Waking up hungry isn’t typically a cause for concern. If you’re fueling your body properly, it’s actually pretty normal to feel a little bit hungry. But, if you’re waking up in the middle of the night or bright and early in the morning with hunger pangs, your body might be trying to tell you something.

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    Worst Foods to Eat Before Bedtime

    By Isadora Baum / September 14, 2020 /

    You know those nights when you eat a piece of dark chocolate cake or scoop of ice cream for dessert and can’t seem to fall asleep? Or when you eat spicy foods, which can cause indigestion, acid reflux and heartburn and keeps you awake for hours? Well, that’s because what you eat before bed impacts your sleep quality.

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    Here’s Why You Are Always Hungry

    By Isadora Baum / August 20, 2020 /

    You know the feeling…you can’t seem to step away from the fridge or get images of food out of your head. Sometimes it’s not even because you want food. The feeling might arise even right after you’ve had a big meal or snack.

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    High Protein Veggies to Add to Your Diet

    By Isadora Baum / August 13, 2020 /

    When you’re looking to add more grams of protein to your diet, you’re likely to grab protein powders, animal protein, like meat, chicken breast, or fish, and some plant protein alternatives, like tofu or lentils. Yet, some green veggies can actually be a great addition to your diet in terms of meeting your RDA requirements for the day.

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