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When it comes to healthy lunches, registered dietitians know a thing or two—as crazy busy people, they’ve all got stashes of tasty, filling meal ideas that they rely on to keep them fueled all afternoon.

“Mid-day is when we need energy and nutrients the most! That’s when most of us are the busiest and most productive—at work, at school, or at home,” says Jennifer O’Donnell-Giles, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D. Remember, the brain and body require nutrients in order to function at peak levels, she explains. So whether you’re in a lunch rut or are just looking for some healthier options to power you through the day, take note of these 12 go-to lunches that registered dietitian nosh on.

1. Avocado Toast With Poached Eggs

“I toast two slices of 100 percent whole-grain bread and smash ¼ of an avocado on each side. Then I top with two poached eggs and a sprinkle of pepper. Not only is the lunch delicious, but it’s also packed with nutrients, such as monounsaturated fats, fiber, and protein.”

2. Southwestern Salad

“Toss a couple cups of romaine, carrots, cucumber, and tomatoes, then top with ¼ of an avocado. Mix a couple tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt with a couple tablespoons of salsa and some chopped fresh cilantro to make the dressing. And finish by topping with ½ cup black beans (hot or cold). I love this lunch because it is quick and easy to assemble. It’s also full of flavor and super healthy since it is packed with veggies!”

3. Hummus Wrap

“One of my easiest, go-to quick lunch recipes to throw together is a simple hummus wrap. Spread a generous amount of hummus on a whole-wheat wrap and add all-natural, nitrate-free deli turkey with as many veggies as possible! Paired with an ounce of nuts, like walnuts or almonds, and a piece of fresh fruit, this lunch is easy to assemble and portable. The hummus gives the wrap the perfect base and consistency so there is no need to add any type of mayonnaise, dressings, or cheese. And it keeps you full all afternoon.”

4. Warm Veggie Bowl With Quinoa Or Sweet Potatoes

“I love eating vegetables at lunch, but don’t always want them cold in a salad. I make my version of a ‘nourish bowl’ by throwing in multiple colors of veggies, sliced raw sweet potatoes or cooked quinoa, cubed firm tofu (or salmon, tuna, or grilled chicken), a dollop of hummus, and some sliced avocado into a microwave-safe container. Cook for about five to seven minutes, or until all of the veggies are tender, and enjoy! Hot hummus sounds weird, but it’s pretty delicious. This lunch option is great because it’s packed with fiber, protein, healthy fats, and tons of different vitamins and minerals. It’s so versatile because you can mix and match the veggies, grains, and protein.”

5. Easy Tasting Plate

“I love to make a snack platter—it’s quick to assemble and fun to eat. I’ll have a couple of tablespoons of hummus with veggies (like sliced mushrooms, carrot sticks, and grape tomatoes) for dipping. Then I’ll pair with fruit, such as half of a Sweet Scarlett, which is a sweeter, yet still tart grapefruit that’s in season right now. I’ll also add cheese, whole-grain crackers, and olives to my plate. The meal provides protein from the cheese and hummus, healthy fats from the olives, and fiber from the veggies and fruit.”

6. Fruit And Veggie Salad

“[I go for] a big salad with mixed greens or spinach. I like to make sure I top it with at least one fruit, one vegetable, and a protein. A good combination is strawberries, cucumbers, and nuts or sliced egg. If I’m feeling fancy, I will also add a sprinkle of goat cheese or feta. For dressing, I just drizzle balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and pepper on top. When I’m extra hungry, I will eat it with a piece of whole-grain bread or whole-grain crackers. This is a balanced meal because it includes foods from all food groups, it’s low in saturated fat, and it’s packed with high-antioxidant fruits and veggies.”