Discover simple ways for added energy

Who couldn’t use more energy? Wouldn’t it be great if we could just stop feeling tired all the time? Wouldn’t it feel exhilarating to do something mildly taxing without needing two days to recover?  Imagine what we could do and achieve with more energy. And for many of us, the motivation to do even the normal, everyday things would be most beneficial.

There are many simple things to incorporate into your routine to get added, even unlimited, energy. It starts with a healthy breakfast.

Unfortunately, most of us are in a huge rush in the morning. Does this sound something like your morning? In the early morning, you consume a quick breakfast of coffee, juice and/or a pastry. By 10 a.m., you may feel exhausted and could fall asleep at any moment. You take a coffee break and eat another pastry to make it to lunch.

This routine is totally absent of any protein or sustainable fiber. If you had added eggs or fruit for breakfast, you would have more “go-go-go.” This is stamina, which is a consistent period of energy. It doesn’t mean you have any added energy, you just can consistently keep moving through the day.

One of the secrets for added energy is protein, but this doesn’t mean a big steak or serving of chicken. Vegetables can be an excellent source of protein. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), women should consume 46 grams (g) of protein a day and men should consume 56 g per day.

Try adding more:

  • Beans and lentils: kidney beans, garbanzo beans, white beans
  • Nuts and seeds: almonds, peanuts, walnuts, pecans, pine nuts
  • Chia seeds
  • Tofu
  • Hemp seeds
  • Eggs
  • Greek yogurt
  • Avocados
Peyton Kennedy

By Peyton Kennedy

Peyton Kennedy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications from Auburn University. Her varied experience includes journalism, marketing, public relations and social media. She currently lives in Birmingham, Ala., with her husband Tom and dog Mosby. In her spare time, Kennedy enjoys movies, reading and Auburn football.