4 Easy Tips To Boost Energy

Adding Protein To The First Meal Of The Day Is Paramount

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Even if you try to keep to a healthy diet and work out regularly, chances are there are times of day when your energy level fades, or entire days where you just don't feel like you're on the right tract. Between the constant demands on your time from work and family, it can be tough to stay energized all day long.

For expert advise on balanced nutrition to boost your energy levels, Kevin Curry demonstrates that it's possible to create meals and snacks to help you achieve your health and wellness goals without breaking the bank or even being a trained chef. He recommends swapping outs parts of dishes to boost their nutrition ~ like egg whites instead of whole eggs, or brown rice or quinoa in place of white rice. He recommends making veggies and proteins the star of the dish, while using ingredients that are both easy to find and simple to prepare.

Here are some easy tips for ways to boost your energy and add more pep to your step, throughout the day.

1. Protein-up your breakfast

It is unwise to skip breakfast, and many have to eat it on the go, but there's more that you can do, and your energy level will thank you later if you add more protein to the first meal of the day.

100% liquid egg whites make for a quick and easy way to amp up your protein. They offer a high quality protein-filled breakfast solution, and help to keep your entire day on track.

Strawberry Protein Pancakes 
10 minute prep time ~ serves 2

Ingredients:

1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/2 cup old fashion oats
1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup fresh or frozen strawberries, chopped

Instructions:

Blend everything except the strawberries together, until there are no remaining chunks. Set chopped strawberries aside for the moment.

Heat a non-stick pan to medium high, then pour batter onto the pan in small circular shapes, sprinkling chopped strawberries on each pancake.

When the pancakes start to bubble, flip and cook the opposite side.

Top with more strawberries, low-sugar maple syrup, Greek yogurt, or whatever calorie-conscious topping you like.

2. Plan ahead and have ready made protein snacks

Pack protein-rich snacks to bring with you on the go, so that you have healthy options handy to give you a quick pick-me-up throughout the day, especially when you feel your energy is fading. Small snacks throughout the day won't make you feel sleepy the way a large meal will affect you.

Nuts with little or no added salt or oil
Low-fat cheese
Meat Sticks
Greek yogurt without added sugar

3. Stay hydrated

Often energy levels can drop when you're dehydrated. Be proactive to keep yourself ready for anything.

4. Keep active

Even when you have worked out in the morning, but especially on those days when you miss the gym, find a way to add more activity throughout the day.

If at a desk all day, take breaks to walk outside or around your office.

Try doing stretching, squats and lunges to activate your muscles.

If working at home, find a project around the house to keep you moving.

Step outside for a brief spell to re-energize the body.

Following these simple tips will help you be at your best, all day long.

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