7 Power Lunches That’ll Keep You Full for Hours
See ya, empty calories
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.
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.
Kale + quinoa + feta cheese + avocado
Packed with protein, fiber and healthy fats, these four ingredients hold the key to a filling and satisfying salad.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.