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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 14, 2019

                                          10 Simple Ways To Increase Metabolism Without Working Out

                                          10 Simple Ways To Increase Metabolism Without Working Out

                                          When it comes to increasing your metabolism, getting a good workout a couple of times a week is only one of many players. If you’re not a fan of lifting heavy stuff, then you’re only expending extra energy for that, say, one hour of that specific day. But what about the remaining 23 hours? How can you make sure you’re burning blubber all throughout the day? Here are 10 simple ways to increase your metabolism without working out.

                                          1. Stand More

                                          Many health practitioners claim that sitting is the new smoking. We sit in the office, we sit in the car, we sit when we get home. It’s not only terrible for your health and posture, but you require a lot less energy when seated. So, a good way to ignite the furnace a bit is to stand as much as possible through out the day. You work in an office? Put two boxes under your keyboard or laptop. There are many free solutions to making a standing desk—so you have no excuses. When you’ve gotten used to standing while working you will quickly find that it’s easier to stay engaged as well—you’re less inclined to drift away mentally. In fact, this post was written standing.

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                                          2. Gamify Your Life

                                          Toys such as the Fitbit or Nike Fuelband, or apps like Argus, can help you increase your metabolism by giving you an incentive to walk more. Argus, and other apps like it, use the accelerometer in your smartphone to measure your steps and let you know when you’ve hit your daily goal. Fitbit and the Nike Fuelband do the same, but have a host of other functions to make being healthy a tad more fun.

                                          3. Eat Your Veggies

                                          Fibrous vegetables like cauliflower and broccoli increase your metabolism by putting your digestive system on overdrive. It just simply requires more energy to break down the tough fiber of these nutritional powerhouses. You’ll also start feeling like a rock star from the overload of vitamins and minerals from eating more vegetables.

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                                          4. Eat Protein

                                          This is one of those rules that’s not to be misunderstood. While it does boost your metabolism to eat more protein, it should be instead of other foods, not on top of other foods. If you’re stuffing your face with a chicken breast when you’re not hungry just to boost your metabolism, you’re doing it wrong. Of the three macro-nutrients—fats, carbs and protein—protein is the one that requires the most energy to break down. So, if you switch out some of those cheese sandwiches with a few hardboiled eggs you’re on the right path.

                                          5. Drink Loads Of Cold Water

                                          Drinking a few glasses of ice-cold water in the morning can boost your metabolism quite effectively. Your body expends energy on constantly staying in homeostasis when it comes to temperature, so if you chug a bunch of icy water you’re making your body expend more energy on keeping itself at the same temperature. Using temperature to expend more energy is called thermogenesis and it’s one of the most efficient ways of cranking up your calorie burning—more on this further down.

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                                          6. Spice Up Your Meals

                                          Spices like cayenne, chilli, ginger and turmeric ignite your metabolism and make your meals a bit more exciting. If you make it a habit to add a little bit of spice to each of your meals it can be a habit that turns you into a fat-burning furnace.

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                                            7. Drink Caffeine

                                            No, drinking loads of coffee is not bad for you. The sugar and heavy cream you could be inclined to chase it down with might be though. Caffeine helps mobilize—that is, get rid of—adipose tissue, or fat. It also helps athletic performance, and some individuals report it to have appetite-curbing effects. If you’re very sensitive to stimulants, try not to have caffeine too close to bedtime though, as it can mess with your sleep.

                                            8. Plan Your Meals Around Exercise

                                            I know the title of this post says “…Without Working Out” but this trick technically is more a nutritional trick than an exercise-related one. When you’ve exerted yourself and, hopefully, broken down some muscle fibers, your protein synthesis, or the rate at which you build muscle, increases. So, having heavy meals after a workout will make sure those calories get stored in the right places. This is one of the reasons it’s a good idea to get a heavy session in before the Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

                                            9. Do Intermittent Fasting

                                            It’s long been said you should always eat a heavy breakfast as it kick starts your metabolic rate. There hasn’t been any study proving this though. There have only been behavioral studies correlating obesity with breakfast skippers, but it’s always been a case of confusing correlation with causation. It’s not the fact that you skip breakfast that makes you fat; it’s the poor food choices you make throughout the rest of your day. Studies have shown that fat burning increases the longer you get into a fast, obviously depending on the body fat level of the individual. In fact, in one study lowered metabolic rate did not occur until 60 hours into a fast. Intermittent fasting is very much one of the bigger wins when it comes to increasing your metabolism.

                                            10. Use Cold Exposure

                                            For some reason it’s been common knowledge for a while that sweating increases metabolic rate. Scientist have known for a while though that the opposite is actually true; exposing yourself to cold temperatures increase your calorie burn significantly. Just slight shifts in your home temperature can mean pounds lost or gained when you gather the numbers yearly. How else do you think swimmer Michael Phelps is able to eat 12,000 calories a day? Obviously, he swims hours each day, but it’s not just the exercise he gets from swimming that allows him to consume such quantities of food, it’s also the amount of energy the body has to expend to keep itself at its baseline temperature in the cold water. So, taking ice-cold showers, decreasing the temperature of your home, or swimming in cool pools will help you burn a lot more calories.

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