How To Eat For More Energy When I’m Too Tired To Cook

by Laurie Erdman on April 16, 2012

If you’ve visited my blog space before, you know I believe food is the foundation for boosting your energy.  And hopefully you are beginning to accept the wisdom of what I am sharing.  If so, congratulations.

But here’s the thing. I know that knowing something and doing it are 2 different things.

We find lots of excuses to not change our fatigue producing ways.  One of the biggest “reasons” I hear holds people back from eating for more energy is the belief that it takes hours in the kitchen. That’s hours you don’t have to give.

If that’s you, I’m about ready to shatter your world.

I want to share with you a 4 superhero tips I teach to make eating for more energy a snap. (If you want more tips and tricks, be sure to enroll in the Get Up & Go, Eat for More Energy Bootcamp).

Have a Superhero Plan

I know it sounds simple, but it is the key to creating more energy.  Whether planning meals or planning time to clear your mind, you have to have a plan. It’s the only way to more energy.

Here are my 3 favorite tips for making sure you always have something to eat that will give you energy, not take it away.

Healthy Staples. I used to come home, look in a refrigerator full of food and pronounce there was nothing to eat.  Sound familiar?  Sure there was food there, but it needed to be prepared.  That seemed complicated. I then learned how to keep some healthy staples at the ready.  Some of my favorites are chia seed porridge (perfect for mornings on the run or a quick, satisfying snack) and tahini dressing I can put on a salad or steamed vegetables.

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Pesto, chia seed porridge, vegetable broth, tahini dressing ready to go.

I also love my cilantro pesto, which happens to do wonders for removing those fatigue inducing heavy metals from your body.  Mix it into your gluten-free pasta or slather it on a piece of gluten-free toast for a filling snack.

Here’s the recipe.

Chelating Cilantro Pesto


  • 2 bunches of cilantro
  • 2/3 cups olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/3 cup brazil nuts
  • 1/3 cups sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup pepitas
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • ¼ tsp dulse powder (kelp granules found in natural foods stores or Asian markets)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3 sprays of Bragg’s amino acids


  • Process cilantro and oil in a food processor until cilantro is chopped.
  • Add the garlic, nuts and seeds, dulse and lemon juice. Process until you have a finely blended paste.  Add salt and Bragg’s (if using).
  • Store in glass container. Use on gluten-free pasta or bread, serve with carrots or celery as a dip.


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Chelation Cilantro Pesto

Pack Smart. Don’t be without some healthy snacks in your purse.  When your errands take longer than you think, the McDonald’s can start to sound really good. I know, I’ve eaten far too many Egg McMuffins in my life.  And I’ve learned that when I’ve gotten to this point, I’m in trouble.  So now I load my purse with nuts and healthy snack bars. One of my favorites are the Pure bars. I love the blueberry.

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Ready for some power shopping with my Pure Bars

Unpack With Care. I used to get over zealous at the farmer’s market (I’m sure I’m the only one, right?).  I would buy enough produce for an army, only to find that a week later it was slimy. Ugh.  Here’s how I turned that problem around and protected my investment. When you get home with your beautiful, fresh farmer’s market bounty, don’t put it away immediately.  Some vegetables can be prepped ahead of time, making it easy to whip a meal faster than a speeding bullet.  For instance, cauliflower and broccoli can be washed, cut up and bagged. Take them out, place them in a steamer basket, steam for 5-8 minutes, put it on a plate and drizzle with the tahini dressing.  Dinner in under 10 minutes.


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Prepping Broccoli

See, it’s not so hard to be an energized superhero. With these quick tips, you no longer have an excuse to reach for the candy bar, crackers or fast food.  You have what you need to generate your superhero powers, all within reach.

What tips do you have for eating for more energy? Let us know below.

If this article has been helpful, and you want more of these great tips and recipes, along with some unstoppable support and fun, then enroll in the Get Up & Go, Eat for More Energy Bootcamp. Early-bird pricing ends at midnight tonight.  Don’t spend another day wishing for more energy. Join me and do something about it.

Shining up my boots,

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P.S. If you’re still not sure, contact me and lets chat about what’s holding you back from having more energy.


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Laurie Erdman, JD, MS, CHHC is a speaker, Get More Energy Strategist and the CEO of The Ignite Well Being Institute LLC where she helps companies sustain fast growth by energizing their people. To download her FREE book: Burnout. Identify It. Extinguish It. Ignite Your Life visit www.TheIgniteWellBeingInstitute.com.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Kathleen Quirk April 16, 2012 at 11:00 am

thanks….i make parsley pesto…..mmmm


Laurie Erdman April 18, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Way to go Kathleen. I just love this pesto. We have it all the time. I can’t imagine going back to pesto with cheese.


Kathy April 19, 2012 at 12:53 am

Thanks for the suggestions and recipes. I will try them as I look to try new recipes to keep eating and planning exciting. The anti-inflammatory aspect shows that healthy food can really be delicious!


Megan Pincus Kajitani April 19, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Great tips, as always, Laurie! We’re still fine tuning over here, but one of the best things I’ve done in the past few months is put two large plastic bins on the bottom shelf of our fridge: one is filled with ready-to-eat salad stuff (prewashed greens, shredded carrots, dressings in jars, “cheezy crunch” (chopped raw almonds and nutritional yeast) and the other is filled with prewashed cukes and cut celery for green juicing, then we just wash (or go out back and cut) the leafy greens and go! Planning is truly key!!


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