What you eat for lunch is almost as important as what you eat for breakfast.

Your midday meal provides you the fuel to keep running at top capacity. It gets you through the rest of your afternoon, which is likely filled with another four to five hours of thoughtful work at the office or at home.

If you’re tired of looking at sad salads or heating up instant top ramen noodles, try one of these simple, protein-packed lunch ideas to keep you energized, alert and productive throughout the afternoon.

1. Avocado And Egg Sandwich

Hmm. What’s better than an avocado and egg sandwich on hearty sourdough toasted bread? Making one with a drippy poached egg!

2. Summer Rolls with Peanut Sauce

Summer rolls provide a great balance of carbs, protein, and vegetables. They’re fast and easy to eat on the go or at your desk!

3. Quinoa Pear Salad with Spinach, Cranberries and Pecans

With just five simple ingredients you’ll be on your way to a tasty lunch that’s packed with incredible nutrients to fire up your idea machine. This satisfying salad will keep you away from mid-afternoon snacks.

4. Protein Salad

Centering your lunch on protein and deep green vegetables is the healthiest way to go. Fresh spinach, albacore tuna, chopped almonds, tomatoes and avocados with a low-calorie dressing is a delicious option to add to your lunch repertoire.

5. Loaded Vegetable Sandwich

The beauty of this lunch selection is you can pack it full of just about any vegetable you love or desire. For an even tastier alternative, consider grilling vegetables at the beginning of the week with balsamic dressing so you can whip these little sammies up Monday, Wednesday or Friday!

6. Lentil Vegetable Soup

Soup is a healthy and easily transportable choice for lunch because you can make a large batch and continue to eat it throughout the week or even freeze it to use later. Fiber-filled lentils will keep you full and satisfied.

7. Chicken Burrito Bowl with Rice and Beans

Nothing is more delicious than Mexican food. And while we can’t get enough, unfortunately the fried flour or corn tortillas get in the way of being a healthy meal on a regular basis. So what’s a salsa lover to do? Remove the fried tortilla bowl and layer the ingredients just like you would on a tostada. If you want to cheat a little, sprinkle crushed tortilla strips over the top.

If you have any questions about how to make your diet work for you, schedule a visit with your primary care physician.

If you are in the Los Angeles area and are looking for exceptional care from some of the top physicians in the world, be sure to schedule an appointment by calling (800) USC-CARE (800-872-2273) or by visiting http://www.keckmedicine.org/request-an-appointment/.

By Lisa Loeffler