Take lunch to the next level with to-die-for brown bag lunches, including quiche, pasta salad, and (our favorite) avocado toast
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Quick question: When was the last time you took a real lunch break at work? We're talking an up-from-your-desk, unplugged break. Chances are you're usually hunched over your computer, mindlessly munching on a disappointing sandwich.

News flash: Not taking lunch is bad for business. The best way to motivate yourself to take a real break? A to-die-for brown-bagger, of course.

Citrus, Fennel and Avocado Salad

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Take advantage of the season's brightest offerings with this light and refreshing salad.

Quinoa-Beet Cakes

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Make a batch of these at the beginning of the week (they'll stay fresh in the refrigerator for three days), and pop one in the microwave for a great meatless option.

Falafel Salad with Spicy Yogurt Sauce

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For a more filling salad, whip up this tangy creation made with store-bought or homemade falafel.

Homemade Sandwich Bread

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Not a full lunch, per se, but the toppings aren't quite as important when they're paired with freshly baked bread.

Spinach Artichoke Pasta Salad

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Carbs don't count when they're tossed with so many veggies, right?

Swanky BLT

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This sandwich takes the classic BLT to the next level, swapping bacon for pancetta, white bread for sourdough, and raw tomatoes for balsamic-roasted ones.

Mini Bacon and Tomato Quiche

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Who says brunch is limited to the weekend? Bake a batch of these delicious mini quiches on Sunday morning, then store the rest and reheat them throughout the week.

Avocado Toast

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So simple yet so, so satisfying. Stick to the basics, or spice this baby up with add-ons like crumbled feta or toasted nuts and seeds.

Greek Salad Sandwich

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A protein-packed Greek salad is reinvented as a more filling sandwich.

This article originally appeared as 9 Lunches to Bring to Work from PureWow.

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