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The clock strikes noon and your stomach is already grumbling. But there are better options than your usual sad desk salad or last night’s greasy Chinese leftovers. Here: seven power lunch combinations that will give you the fuel to stay sharp, upbeat and generally satisfied with life.

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Whole wheat pita + sliced turkey breast + apple + goat cheese

Start with the pita, which is low in calories and fat but high in fiber. Fill it with roast turkey instead of the deli-counter stuff to avoid all that unnecessary sodium.

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Kale + quinoa + feta cheese + avocado

Packed with protein, fiber and healthy fats, these four ingredients hold the key to a filling and satisfying salad.

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Whole wheat wrap + spinach + red pepper + hummus

We can get down with the Mediterranean diet. Hummus--loaded with unsaturated fats, protein and fiber--is the perfect sandwich filler. Add a dark, leafy green like spinach and crunchy veggies like peppers for additional vitamins and minerals.

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Sweet potato + chicken breast + avocado

There’s a reason why sweet potatoes are considered to be one of the healthiest vegetables around--they're basically fat free while still high in potassium, calcium and vitamins A and C. Chicken, meanwhile, is a great way to fill up on protein without consuming saturated fats. Slice some avocado (healthy fats, people) and throw it all on a salad or over grains for a seriously colorful plate.

 

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Mixed greens + Tuna fish + cannellini beans + extra virgin olive oil

Did you know a serving of canned of tuna contains only about 100 calories? Eat it on a salad or sandwich with white beans (packed with fiber, iron and magnesium) and a drizzle of E.V.O.O. Yum.

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Lentils + chickpeas + cauliflower + curry powder

This great vegetarian lunch (whip it up in a wok and toss it in a Tupperware container) is filled with tons of good nutrients. Lentils and chickpeas contain fiber and protein, while cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower are high in vitamin C and potassium.

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Whole wheat pasta + broccoli + pine nuts + Parmesan

There’s nothing wrong with pasta for lunch, as long as you eat it in moderation. Bulk up a cup of whole-wheat noodles with low-calorie, high-fiber broccoli and garnish with pine nuts, which contain lots of monounsaturated fat, antioxidants and iron.

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