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21 Easy Vegan Lunches To Take To Work

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Trying to maintain the Paleo lifestyle and dip your toes into veganism? It’s not impossible to do, but it can certainly be tricky! Whether you’re trying to adhere to both diet regimens or just taking the occasional break from animal products, your task will be to bulk up on healthy fruits and vegetables in order to avoid dairy, grains, meat, and eggs.

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For busy working professionals, the hardest meal of the day is definitely lunch time. It’s easy to have a piece of fruit for breakfast and cook something creative at night for dinner, but how to stay on target in the middle of the day when you only have one hour before you need to get back to the grind?

Luckily, you don’t have to pack the same plainly dressed lettuce salad to tote to your office every day. We’ve collected recipe ideas from Pinterest and bloggers everywhere that incorporate only the finest Paleo and vegan high-quality ingredients. Discover hearty soups, fresh salads, noodles made from spiralized zucchini and spaghetti squash, eggplant sauces, falafel, and even imitation sushi rolls to help satisfy your craving for variety.

Why not spend your next Sunday evening prepping your favorites, so your next five days you can grab your pre-packaged lunches and go? You’ll be the envy of those colleagues that rely solely on pizza delivery and Chinese takeout.

“Chicken” Salad

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This veggie mixture of bell peppers, onions, carrots, broccoli, and jalapeno are blended up and topped with an herbal cashew dressing, making it resemble the consistency of chicken salad. Wrap them in lettuce and take ‘em to go! RECIPE

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Curry Over Zucchini Noodles

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Toss this spicy curry sauce, made with cashews, garlic, and avocado, with spiralized zucchini noodles the night before for a zesty lunch you don’t even need to reheat! RECIPE

Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein

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If you have time on a weeknight to make this, the leftovers are perfect to tote for lunch the next day. Just roast an entire spaghetti squash and sauté with cabbage, celery, carrots and ginger for a healthy lunch that can be easily reheated – or eaten cold. RECIPE

Hearty Vegetable Soup

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Double or triple this recipe to freeze and have on hand when the winter blues kick in. This veggie-forward soup with bone-warming tomatoes and Italian seasoning is just what the doctor ordered when it’s too cold to go outside on your lunch break. RECIPE

Stuffed Squash Pizza Boats

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Take it old school and bring a grown-up version of your childhood cafeteria favorite to lunch! These pizza boats are constructed inside butternut squash halves for a hearty meal that’ll last you all the way to dinner. RECIPE

Sweet Potato Beet Salad

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A big bowl of this hearty, colorful salad, topped with date balsamic dressing, is a great reason to start cooking and chopping on Sunday nights! RECIPE

Pepita Pancakes with Persimmon Compote

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Who says pancakes are only for breakfast? This Paleo and vegan recipe calls for flax “eggs” for a sticky substitute that’ll help bind the batter together. RECIPE

Eggplant Bolognese Sauce

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Got a favorite Paleo noodle or pasta? Top it with this rich and hearty eggplant-based Bolognese for a sauce that beats plain marinara any day of the week. RECIPE

Winter Pumpkin Soup with Curry Spices

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To make this soup the way it’s truly intended, use winter luxury pumpkin, an heirloom breed with concentrated flavor. If you can’t get your hands on one, a regular pumpkin will still make for a great pureed soup that will only intensify in flavors overnight. RECIPE

Kale Apple Salad

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You can easily throw this salad together in the morning, even if you’re running low on time! Just chop an apple, throw in some cranberries and almonds, and let the salad mellow with its lemon juice and maple syrup dressing ‘til noon. RECIPE

Ginger Carrot Soup

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A generous knob of ginger helps make this pureed soup of carrots, onion, zucchini, and apple both warming and refreshing at the same time. RECIPE

Avocado Tomato Cucumber Salad

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If you have a few minutes to spare before you head out the door, chop up the veggies to prep this quick and easy salad. The handful of arugula will add a peppery note that balances the sweet balsamic dressing nicely! RECIPE

Harissa Portobello Mushroom “Tacos”

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They aren’t just lettuce wraps when spicy mushrooms and guacamole are topped with cashew cream, tomatoes, and chopped cilantro. These flavorful creations absolutely earn the title of “tacos”! RECIPE

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Soup

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What better way to prep for lunch than to let a soup simmer (safely) all day long? This simple, seven-ingredient soup cooks for six hours before the addition of coconut milk for a creamy lunch that’ll make up to four servings! RECIPE

Zucchini Fettuccine with Rosemary Butternut Creme Sauce

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Warm up your tastebuds with this creamy pasta that is totally Paleo and vegan-friendly! A whole pound of shiitake mushrooms certainly cannot be wrong. RECIPE

Masala Cauli-Fried Rice

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Your coworkers may be ordering greasy fried rice for lunch, but you’re ahead of the game with this spicy take on fried cauliflower rice. Bursting with the flavors of turmeric, ginger, coriander and lots of fresh vegetables, this version beats takeout any day. RECIPE

Daikon Rolls with Cilantro Pumpkin Seed Pesto

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Who would have guessed that sushi rolls could be vegan and Paleo? This creation of blended pumpkin seeds and cilantro rolled in long daikon radish slices proves not only that it can be done, but that it can be done right. RECIPE

Mini Balsamic Mushroom Caps

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Cute enough for the hors d’oeuvres platter but fitted specially for your lunchbox, these baby bellas are stuffed with a tomato, spinach, and garlic mixture for a delicious nutritious punch right in the middle of your day. RECIPE

Brussels Sprouts Salad

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No one could call this a sad desk salad, even if you do eat it at your desk! This robust and crunchy salad adds cubed apple, toasted almonds, and a zesty dressing of Dijon mustard and lime for a healthy and filling lunch. RECIPE

Paleo Falafel

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Want to take a walk to the falafel cart for old time’s sake? Resist the urge and create your own healthy, Paleo, and entirely vegan falafels using a food dehydrator. Don’t have one? Cooking low and slow will do just as nicely! RECIPE

Paleo Fruit Salad

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Traditionally sweet and perhaps a little lemony, this fruit salad incorporates savory flavors through grape tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, and balsamic vinegar for a version fit for a main course. RECIPE

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Tips On Overcoming Sleep Problems During Pregnancy

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Getting a Good Night’s Sleep in the Third Trimester is a Challenge

As the body changes, a pregnant woman may suddenly find a handful of reasons she can’t get to sleep at night. Try these tips for an uninterrupted night’s sleep.

A common complaint among pregnant women, particularly those in their third trimester, is the inability to fall (and stay) asleep at night. Many factors are often to blame, making it difficult to know exactly how to address the issue. From growing size to frequent urination, there seems to be no break for a rest. But some very basic techniques can help pregnant women get the sleep they need.

Why Can’t I Sleep?

As the body changes throughout the first and second trimesters, some women may notice changes in their sleeping pattern. Most, however, aren’t too affected until they reach month seven or so. As the body rapidly adapts to the growing baby, some issues may arise:

Frequent urination can be a huge annoyance. As the kidneys do double-duty to filter the increased blood volume (about 40% more than normal), the body produces more urine. At the same time, the baby’s growth has increased pressure on the bladder, making the time between bathroom trips very short. Babies active at night may also increase the number of trips for some mothers.

A rapid heartbeat is needed to pump that extra blood throughout the body, but some women find it difficult to relax in these circumstances.

Shortness of breath, due to pressure on the lungs and the release of certain hormones, can make it a challenge to fall asleep at night. As the fetus grows, the diaphragm will compress more and more, increasing the pressure on the lungs.

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Aches and pains are quite common, since a pregnant woman’s center of balance shifts and places extra pressure on new areas. Leg cramps and lower back pain are a typical night-time complaint since the hormone relaxin is working to stretch out and loosen the ligaments to prepare for delivery. Injuries and strains become more likely later in pregnancy.

Digestive problems, like heartburn and constipation, abound as the process of digestion slows down. Food backs up in the digestive tract, taking longer to break down, and the result is mom’s discomfort.

Get Comfortable

Doctors recommend that pregnant women lay on their side at night to allow proper blood flow throughout the body. For stomach- and back-sleepers this might be difficult, but it’s important. Choosing a comfortable mattress and pillows is a must as they will help make a pregnant woman more comfortable at night. Use pillows under the belly, behind the back, and between the legs. Try experimenting with different pillows (body pillows, wedges, etc.) and different positions.

Get Prepared

When it’s almost time to get to sleep, start preparing the body for bedtime. Take a relaxing bath, have a glass of warm mylk, or a night-time massage. Putting the mind at ease can help make the transition to sleep easier. For some, foods high in carbohydrates, like a snack of bread or crackers, will help with sleep troubles. And to limit bathroom trips, be sure to avoid drinking fluids too close to bedtime!

Get Healthy

The right nutrition and exercise can go a long way, especially during pregnancy. Certain things should be avoided and added to optimize sleep:

Adding calcium to the diet will help to curb those painful leg cramps.

Protein-rich diets can ward off those unpleasant pregnancy nightmares.

Skipping caffeine, or limiting it as much as possible, can have a dramatic effect. Many pregnant women’s bodies cannot break down caffeine, so it remains in the system much longer than usual.

Avoid foods that trigger heartburn.

Get enough fibre to reduce constipation.

Try yoga for relaxation, walks to keep joints limber and moderate activity to help promote sleep. Adding exercise every day might be the key to getting to bed at night.

Paying attention to the body, staying relaxed, and getting the right nutrition is essential to quieting the mind and getting a good night’s sleep during pregnancy. Follow these tips and try to stay positive; only a few more months (or weeks) to go!

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10 Quick & Nourishing Smoothie Recipes That Taste Great

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Smoothies are a great way to pack a lot of nutrients into a filling, delicious meal any time of the day. In our fast-paced world, they help provide a great way to stay healthy on the go.

  • Reflect On:

    If you find combining sugars and fats bloat you, keep them separate. Sugar that comes from eating whole fruit is not the same as added sugar!

Have you ever compromised on a nourishing and filling breakfast because you are running late for work? Well, it has happened to all of us, especially women with kids.

And the good news is, smoothies! That’s right! Smoothies are nutrient-rich, delicious and can be made within minutes. You can replace it with your coffee on-the-go as it is much more healthy, filling, and tasty.

Here are 10 such smoothies prepared using a variety of fruits, veggies, and other ingredients. Some of the ingredients are rich in antioxidants, some are protein packed, and a few others are the best anti-inflammatory foods. So indulge in a smoothie marathon and try out one of the below smoothies each day; either as a fully-loaded breakfast or as a filling snack.

Breakfast Smoothie

This is a protein-rich breakfast which is clean and detox-friendly. It consists of,

  • 180ml of coconut milk
  • 1tsp cacao 1tsp coconut oil
  • 120 ml coconut water
  • 25 grams of oats
  • half a banana (either fresh or frozen)
  • 1tsp almond butter
  • 3 ice cubes

Blend everything together and you are ready to kick start your day on a super healthy note. It contains protein, fibre and all the essential nutrients required for a wholesome breakfast.

Peanut Butter Banana Apple Smoothie

Another protein packed smoothie that is just delicious! This recipe is as easy as it comes.

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  • Add two tablespoons of peanut butter
  • a banana
  • some sliced apples and
  • a few ice cubes

There you go! Banana will give you instant energy, protein from peanut butter, and loads of vitamins and minerals from apple. Nothing can get better than that!

Watermelon Basil Smoothie

Another simple and quick smoothie with just three ingredients. It is healthy, quick and delicious. This smoothie includes watermelon, basil and coconut water. It is super-hydrating and healthy. Watermelon is a rich source of antioxidants, vitamin C, and many other nutrients. It aids conditions such as inflammation, obesity, diabetes and heart diseases. Basil is an amazing source of vitamin K, magnesium, copper, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium, and omega 3 fatty acids. What more do you need?

Cherry Vanilla Protein Smoothie

Cherries are the best summer fruit ever! Put one cup of cherries along with one cup coconut milk and one scoop of protein powder. It is naturally sweet, creamy and full of deliciousness. This will fulfil your daily dose of protein in a single gulp! Cherries are packed with antioxidants and cancer-preventing elements. Studies show that it also promotes sleep by increasing melatonin levels, relieve arthritis pain, reduce belly fat and is an excellent post-workout snack that can reduce muscle pain.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

 This healthy and tasty smoothie has only three ingredients; Strawberry, banana and non-dairy milk or water. Just throw all the ingredients and then blend! It’s creamy, colourful, healthy and delicious! Strawberries are a rich source of vitamin C, folic acid, and dietary fibre good for skin health and can beat the top moisturizers in terms of the benefits offered. It will help to keep skin healthy and glowing and fights aging, acne, and wrinkles. The banana provides increased energy throughout the day. It can be consumed as a perfect healthy breakfast or as a snack.

Pineapple smoothie

With just two ingredients, it is possible to have a tropical beach experience at home. Don’t know how? This pineapple smoothie is just what everyone needs. Frozen or fresh pineapple and almond milk are the only ingredients in this. It is quick, easy and a perfect after workout drink. This combination can never go wrong. Pineapples improve bone strength, eyesight, delays muscle degeneration and aids in digestion. Having this smoothie first thing in the morning can help with smooth bowel movement.

Banana Blueberry Chocolate Smoothie

Who doesn’t love chocolates? This smoothie can fix the craving for chocolate and in a healthy way. Adding sugar and other sweeteners can ruin the whole purpose of having a healthy smoothie. Cocoa powder is a perfect substitute that can solve this issue. And blueberries offer a myriad of benefits such as regulate cholesterol and heart diseases. It has fibre, potassium, Vitamin C and other essential nutrients.

The ingredients are

  • 1 sliced banana
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • Water or crushed ice can be added.

Mint Chocolate Smoothie

This is a nutrient-packed smoothie with simple and easily available ingredients. Simply put 1 avocado, 1 banana, 1 scoop of green powder, one tablespoon vegan yogurt, two handfuls of spinach, some almond milk, few mint leaves and 1tsp cocoa powder. The greens offer plenty of vitamins and minerals along with the benefits of avocado. Mint acts as a palate cleanser and improves digestion and bowel movements. It also reduces the symptoms of inflammation, depression, asthma, respiratory diseases, promotes oral care, cures nausea and headache and even prevents cancer.

Post-Workout Smoothie

Tired of the same old peanut butter? Try this smoothie recipe with non-dairy milk, almond butter, bananas, one tablespoon of flaxseeds, natural oats, and honey. It is packed with protein, dietary fiber, omega 3 fatty acids and plenty of other nutrients. Needless to say, extremely delicious. Makes up for an excellent post-workout snack that promotes muscle strength, repair of damaged cells and provides energy.

Beetroot Cinnamon Smoothie

The ingredients are,

  • 1 small raw beetroot
  • 1 handful of almonds
  • 1 handful of baby spinach
  • ripe banana
  • ripe avocado
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

This smoothie can be customized by adding more fruits or greens. It is perfect for breakfast or as a snack option. Beetroot is a good source of iron, nitrates, magnesium and other antioxidants. It also improves skin health and glows, lower blood pressure and prevent dementia. This smoothie is an ideal option for a pre-workout meal.

So what are you waiting for? Try out these incredibly easy and healthy smoothies and pamper yourself with a great breakfast that nourishes your soul. It’s time for some self-love!

References

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/266886.php
https://bellatory.com/skin/Top-5-Benefits-of-Strawberry-for-Skin
https://www.livescience.com/45487-pineapple-nutrition.html

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8 Comics Showing How Much Today’s Childhood Differs From Ours

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  • The Facts:

    The childhood experience today is inevitably affected by--and sometimes even centered on--technology.

  • Reflect On:

    What is technology giving to our children, and what is it taking away? Should we be more proactive about our children's exposure to technology?

When I was a child, there was no shortage of getting told by our parents and other adults about how much better we had things than they did when they were children.  Stories of having to walk for miles to go to school, sleeping in the same bed until they became an adult, having the same food all the time, and having only a few simple toys to last them several years were not uncommon at all. There was a definite sense that as society modernized, things were getting better for children.

And as children we certainly didn’t disagree — hearing our parents’ stories did indeed make us feel that we were better off than they were. We certainly would not be inclined to exchange our childhood for their more rugged, austere version. And yes, to some extent these stories gave us a bit more ‘appreciation’ for what we had, despite not showing enough of it to satisfy our parents.

How About Today?

Today, I’m not sure that familiar line of conversation that has spanned many generations is going on anymore between parents and children. As the father of a 4-year old, the most immediate difference I notice is that we seem to have less time for our children than our parents did, especially if both parents are working full-time, which is just about a requirement these days.

The other major difference is the level of technology children have access to. And in some ways, technology has come in and ‘filled the gap’ where a parent’s attention is absent. Now, undoubtedly, there are some benefits to technology for our children. But when we take time to reflect on it, we might recognize that we have come to a particular stage in the modernization of our society where most of us are not sure that ‘newer, bigger, faster, more convenient’ is necessarily better, especially with regards to the type of childhood that serves as a foundation for a happy and prosperous adult life.

Here are 8 pictures comparing childhoods then and now, where technology has become ubiquitous in the lives of our children. Do you think our children have it better than we did?

Are they having more fun?

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Are they being more creative?

Are they more ambitious?

Are they healthier?

Are they understanding consequences better?

Are they feeling things more deeply?

Are they experiencing more frustration?

Is their sense of wonder being cultivated more?

How Did You Score It?

How you answer these questions might give you some insight into how much you want your children’s early experiences to be influenced by technology. As everyone knows, childhood is the most formative time of a person’s life, which is why, as parents, some of the choices within our control that we make about our children’s exposure to technology might have a significant impact.

Drawings courtesy of Sergey Raskovalov.

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