Today we live in a fast food world. When we are hungry (and often times when we are not), we eat what is convenient to us. Whether this is going out for meals, buying frozen/packaged meals, or doing a fast food drive-through, we all search for ways to make the hunt for food as easy as possible. More and more, however, people are looking for more energy to get them through daily life. Commit to adjusting your eating habits so you can get the most out of your day.

    It is often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but if you’re not eating the right breakfast you won’t see the benefits. Seek out nutrient-rich foods to kick off your day and get your metabolism going. Lean proteins such as greek yogurt, eggs, poultry, and fish give lasting fullness and energy. Adding fruits and veggies on the side or in a smoothie helps get important nutrients and vitamins, and if you have carbs go for whole grains.

    When you’re at work or out and about and hunger strikes, it can be tempting to just make a quick stop at the vending machine for a snack. The prepackaged and processed snacks you find there can’t hold a candle to the nutritional value of healthier snacks like cut up veggies, fruits, or a good whole-foods smoothie. These options will be more satisfying throughout the day than snacks from a machine.

    Finally, a good rule of thumb when shopping is to go for foods in their original form. Fruits, veggies, and grains in their unprocessed forms will always yield the greatest nutritional benefits. The food you buy should need to be prepared using more than a microwave – washed, peeled, steamed, and more. Preparing your food from scratch means you are involved in every part of the “processing” of your own food, and also you can develop some great cooking skills! By getting back to these whole foods you’ve got nothing to lose but a whole lot of energy to gain!

Read the entire article here: 3 Ways to Eat for Energy, Not Convenience