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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 March 13, 2019

                                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                          Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                          You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                          Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                          1. Work on the small tasks.

                                          When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                          Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                          2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                          Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                          Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                          3. Upgrade yourself

                                          Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                          The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                          4. Talk to a friend.

                                          Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                          Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                          5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                          If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                          Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                          Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                          6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                          If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                          Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                          Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                          7. Read a book (or blog).

                                          The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                          Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                          Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                          8. Have a quick nap.

                                          If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                          9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                          Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                          What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                          10. Find some competition.

                                          Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                          Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                          11. Go exercise.

                                          Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                          Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                          As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                          Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                          12. Take a good break.

                                          Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                          Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                          Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                          Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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