I got a problem of calculating $E[e^X]$, where X follows a normal distribution $N(\mu, \sigma^2)$ of mean $\mu$ and standard deviation $\sigma$.

I still got no clue how to solve it. Assume $Y=e^X$. Trying to calculate this value directly by substitution $f(x) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi\sigma^2}}\, e^{\frac{-(x-\mu)^2}{2\sigma^2}}$ then find $g(y)$ of $Y$ is a nightmare (and I don't know how to calculate this integral to be honest).

Another way is to find the inverse function. Assume $Y=\phi(X)$, if $\phi$ is differentiable, monotonic, and have inverse function $X=\psi(Y)$ then $g(y)$ (PDF of random variable $Y$) is as follows: $g(y)=f[\psi(y)]|\psi'(y)|$.

I think we don't need to find PDF of $Y$ explicitly to find $E[Y]$. This seems to be a classic problem. Anyone can help?