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Fight Sleepiness! 20 Non-Carb Lunch Ideas

Fight Sleepiness! 20 Non-Carb Lunch Ideas

Sometimes it’s hard to find a good non-carb lunch. You don’t always have time to get creative, or even make the right choices. Let us help. Here are 20 non-carb lunch recipes to help keep you motivated all day.

Let’s play out (what could be) a familiar scenario. It’s 1 in the afternoon. You are in a mad rush to meet a deadline and have little time for lunch. You order a salad sandwich, or a tomato and olive focaccia. It’s eaten before the delivery person has even left the building.

Was this a quick fix or recipe for a crash landing?

This is how it all ends up. By 3, you are no longer on top of your work. You are no longer working at your peak. You must resort to coffee to fight sleepiness.

Let’s give this exhausting scenario a rewrite and stop with the carbs.

It’s 1 in the afternoon… You choose one of the following non-carb lunches and before you know it, you are firing on all cylinders.

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    1. Basic Green Smoothie

    Green Smoothies are a great way to fight sleepiness. These are packed full of fibre, protein, and oils that keep you satiated and alert.

    Bolster your regular green smoothie with extra nuts to give it an extra punch of protein and oils.

    Add 2 tablespoons of cashew nuts and 2 tablespoons of pumpkin seeds to make a delicious nutty smoothie.

    Adding 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil adds medium chain triglycerides (MCT). These oils are easily digested, absorbed, and nourishing for the body. Unlike other fats, they put little strain on the digestive system and provide a quick source of energy.

    2. Detox Salad + Ginger Lime Cardamom Dressing

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      You can still be detoxing while having lunch, without any of the headaches. This salad is so vibrant and tasty you will have to make sure to store it in a dark container so your co-workers will not steal it from you.

      3. Roast Beetroot & Pumpkin Salad

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        There are many salads you can choose. Bring your own made of leftover vegetables from that roast you had the evening before. Being prepared makes for tasty lunches.

        4. Tangled Thai Salad

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          Just because carbs are off the menu for lunch, it does not mean you have to give up on a quick pasta! This is a twist on vegetables you may have not considered before. I can assure you that once you try this dish you will be a convert.

          5. Mango, Banana & Cashew Nut Sundance

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            I love the taste of fresh mango when summer arrives. Mix 1/2 mango and 1 banana top with 1/2 cup yogurt  and you will be in your own tropical paradise at your work desk. The addition of 1/4 cup of cashew nuts gives it an extra protein kick to see you rocking until the end of the work day.

            6. Berry and Yogurt Delight

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              This is one of my absolute favorite lunchtime meals. Mix 1 cup of berries (blackberries, strawberries and blueberries) with 1/2 cup full cream yogurt topped with sesame seeds. Not only is this lunch refreshing but also high in protein and delicious.

              7. Flourless Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

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                There’s nothing wrong with a little chocolate with your lunch, especially if it includes an entire cup of shredded zucchini! These muffins are gluten free. They combine almond butter, bananas, zucchini, and cocoa powder to form a protein-filled snack. Pair this with a hard boiled egg and you are set to move on.

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                8. Creamy Asparagus Soup

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                  This Creamy Asparagus Soup is a hit in any lunch room. It comes together easily and requires minimal time in front of the stove. Even better, it travels well and reheats even better, so you can make a batch early in the week for quick lunches at work.

                  9. Curried Tuna Salad With Apples

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                    Who says tuna can only be put in a sandwich for lunch. These are a great variation that will give you crunch and tastes great.

                    10. Layered Salad in a Jar

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                      What a novel idea. Salad in a jar.

                      No more soggy salad leaves, just give the jar a good shake when you are ready to eat and you have a salad to go. Pour out into a bowl or eat straight from the jar.

                      11. Healthy Charro Beans

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                        These are not only packed with protein, but they’re also tasty too.

                        Make up this recipe as a side dish to your evening meal but keep some leftover for your lunch the next day.

                        12. Mushroom Cauliflower Risotto

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                          With Paelo on the rise, cauliflower has made a big impact on many “alternative” recipes.

                          This risotto is easy to make and tastes divine.

                          13. Malwani Chicken Recipe

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                            This chicken recipe is cooked in spicy gravy made with the flavor of malwani masala. Make it up the evening before for dinner and hopefully the family will leave you some leftovers for lunch the next day!

                            14. Vegan Split Pea and Sweet Potato Soup

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                              Sweet potatoes and split peas are two of my favorite meat alternatives. Packed full of protein, this soup will have you firing on all cylinders from lunch until closing.

                              15. Mushroom and Bean Salad

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                                The beauty of this recipe is that you can have this prepared in just 15 minutes.

                                16. Cauliflower Steaks

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                                  It’s time to get adventurous and add this recipe to your lunches. It’s light, but it’s also full of protein.

                                  I would be keeping this one hidden from your co-workers!

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                                  17. Apple Sandwiches with Almond Butter

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                                    There is more than one way to make a sandwich.

                                    This one just happens to be one the whole family will enjoy.

                                    18. Mexican Grilled Corn

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                                      I used to only have my corn with butter, but since discovering this recipe my corn is no longer boring.

                                      19. Easy Bake Breakfast Casserole

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                                        When I first came across this recipe I thought this could be a bit rich for breakfast – but I made it anyway.

                                        My twist to this recipe is that I make up a good batch and have it for lunches for a couple of days.

                                        20. Tomato, Spinach and Feta Frittata

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                                          Super quick, super easy.

                                          Made up in no time.

                                          Enjoy!!

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                                          Last Updated on October 16, 2018

                                          The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                                          The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                                          It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

                                          If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

                                          One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

                                          Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

                                          In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

                                          Why you can’t sleep through the night

                                          The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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                                          Stress

                                          If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

                                          Exposure to blue light before sleep time

                                          We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

                                          While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

                                          Eating close to bedtime

                                          Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

                                          Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

                                          Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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                                          Medical conditions

                                          In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

                                          The vicious sleep cycle

                                          The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

                                          Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

                                          You get a bad night’s sleep
                                          –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
                                          –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
                                          –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

                                            You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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                                            How to sleep better (throughout the night)

                                            To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

                                            1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

                                            What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

                                            Here are a few suggestions:

                                            • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
                                            • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
                                            • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
                                            • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
                                            • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

                                            2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

                                            What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

                                            • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
                                            • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
                                            • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
                                            • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

                                            3. Adjust your sleep temperature

                                            Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

                                            Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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                                            Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

                                            Sleep better form now on

                                            Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

                                            I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

                                            As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

                                            Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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