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8 Meat-Free Meals To Power You Through Your Day At The Office Or Gym

June 15, 2015 3 min read

We all know that rumble that starts in your belly late afternoon. The proof that you didn't pack enough lunch. Your tummy growls, and now you're energy is sagging and you just don't want to be at the office any longer but you've got at least another hour to go. Miserable feeling. How about your skip it all together by trying one of these meals that will not only get you through the work day but fuel you through that post 9-5 workout.

Healthy Happy Rice Bowl

ricebowl Preparation level of difficulty:  Just toss whatever you can find together and somehow, it works. The power boost: Avocado, edamame. Why it’ll keep you going: High-calorie avocado packs healthy fats while working with edamame to bring the protein, making this a truly winning combo for day at the gym.

Korean-Style Burrito

korenburrito Preparation level of difficulty: Challenging but totally doable The power boost: Eggs, lentils, tofu, black rice. Why it’ll keep you going: This burrito, intended for breakfast but good for any meal, contains so much protein you will really feel your strength!

Honey, Fruit and Yogurt Bowl

fruityogurt Preparation level of difficulty: Easy peasy The power boost: Dried dates, figs, apples, low-fat yogurt. Why it’ll keep you going: If your sweet tooth usually strikes late in the day, this makes for a perfect afternoon meal. Low-fat yogurt contains protein, while dried and fresh fruit provides a balance of carbohydrates and fiber.

Crustless Spinach and Ricotta Quiche

quiche Preparation level of difficulty: It is a little laborious but you'll be glad you did it. The power boost: Egg, spinach, ricotta cheese. Why it’ll keep you going: A quiche might seem next-level, but this one hardly requires much more work than Easy Mac, with much more protein.

Tofu and Tomato Salad

tofu Preparation level of difficulty: Again, takes some work but you'll be grateful later The power boost: Tofu, chickpeas, tomatoes. Why it’ll keep you going: In this unconventional lunch salad, no ingredient goes to waste. Chickpeas and tofu provide a one-two protein punch, while the fiber in tomatoes ensures you won’t be hungry five minutes after finishing your meal.

Black Bean and Quinoa Tacos

quinoataco Preparation level of difficulty: Just enough prep work to remind you why you don't usually cook The power boost: Quinoa, avocado, black beans. Why it’ll keep you going: This recipe is customizable, depending on whether you want to eat with a fork or with your hands Made with protein- and fiber-heavy quinoa and balanced out by simple additions like seasonings and lime juice, this simple Mexican inspired dish is a surefire way to avoid a growling stomach.

Banana Mango Smoothie

smoothie Level of difficulty: Super simple The power boost: Banana, mango, blueberry, nut butter, chia seeds. Why it’ll keep you going: Savory lunches aren’t for everyone, and this granola-topped smoothie is proof you can eat breakfast for any meal. Top with chia seeds and nut butter for protein. For an extra energy boost, sprinkle with some hemp seeds.

Scrambled Egg Caprese Avocado Toast

toast Preparation level of difficulty: easy as one, two, three. The power boost: Avocado, mozzarella cheese, egg, tomatoes. Why it’ll keep you going: Packing all the flavor of your favorite appetizer with a healthy twist, the combination of egg, cheese and avocado means you’ll be full and satisfied. Give one of these meals a go and your biggest afternoon struggle will be keeping your coworkers out of your food!  

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