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Pack a Power Lunch

Body+Soul, Volume 8 March 2006

For many people, lunch is an afterthought. Rather than plan and prepare a meal ahead of time, we run to the corner deli and end up with food we don't especially care to eat. Instead, consider eating lunch an opportunity to recharge and refuel. Spend a little evening time assembling a lunch, anticipating how you'll feel the next day when noon arrives and you have a healthy, delicious homemade meal. When you feed your body the right nutrients, you'll possess sustained energy throughout the afternoon, which means increased productivity. These recipes make it easy. Add a piece of fruit, and you're ready to go.

Garden Salad with Cheese
Crisp greens with fresh vegetables and tangy yogurt cheese provide the protein and fiber you need at midday.

Turkey Salad Wrap
Not a routine wrap, this lunch gets its energizing nutrients from moist turkey, crunchy vegetables, and a hearty tortilla.

Crisp Tofu Sandwich with Peanut-Ginger Sauce
Ingredients like tofu, whole-grain bread, and peanut butter give this sandwich its staying power.

Chicken-Apple Sausage and Pasta Soup
You may not think of soup as an energy booster, but when it includes whole-wheat macaroni, chicken-apple sausage, and vegetables, it offers serious sustenance.

Quinoa Salad with Toasted Almonds
One of nature's most nutritious foods, quinoa is loaded with carbohydrates, fiber, and protein, and it has a wonderful nutty flavor.