Pita, tomato, pesto, and plum
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For more energy, try:

  • A whole grain pita pocket with cannellini beans
  • Arugula
  • Tomatoes
  • Pesto sauce
  • An apple, orange, peach, or plum

    The science behind it:
    This lunch will take time to digest—thanks to whole grains (pita), protein (beans), and healthy fats (olive oil and pine nuts in the pesto). The result is a time-released supply of calories, says registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner, author of The Flexitarian Diet. "This will give you fuel for five hours of afternoon energy."

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