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Every worker knows the daily lunchtime challenge of finding something affordable, quick, tasty, and healthy. The pressures of a last-minute decision and a work deadline waiting that afternoon can often mean the quick and easy – but ultimately pricey and unhealthy – lunch choice will prevail.

That said, every worker knows the sense of satisfaction that comes with having a delicious, healthy meal prepared at home and brought to work. Looking forward to lunch is a small treat in any workplace, which is why taking the time and making the effort for a prepacked lunch is more than worth it.

Here are three delicious and nutritious meals you can prepare at home that will have your workmates begging for the recipe.

Turkey and feta wrap

Wraps are remarkably easy to put together, and they are a great way to use up leftovers from the fridge. For a new twist on your usual combinations, create the base of your wrap using turkey and feta. Turkey breast is great snack option, with less than 2 grams of fat and 100 calories per 100 gram serving. Of all the cheeses, feta is a relatively healthy option, with around 6 grams of fat and 75 calories per 100 grams. Add anything you find in the fridge, such as fresh or sundried tomato, and spreads or chutneys (cranberry is particularly good with turkey), grated carrot, capsicum and lettuce.

Chicken and avocado salad

You simply can’t go wrong with this classic salad combination. Opt for chicken breast or shaved chicken, and remember that a the secret to spotting a ripe avocado is in the darkness of the skin, the softness when you feel it, and the lightness inside when you pull out the stem at the top. Avocado is packed with fibre and vitamins, and is a good non-meat source of iron to add to your diet. Plus, it’s incredibly tasty. The high fibre and protein in this pair will keep you feeling satisfied and full until dinner, so you’ll be less likely to crave something sweet come 3.30pm. Mix in lettuce, tomato and cucumber and drizzle with your favourite salad dressing. Vinaigrette can be especially delicious with this salad!

Quinoa salad

Quinoa is extremely on trend for health food fanatics the world over, and it looks like it’s here to stay. You cook it in the same way as you cook rice, with two cups of water for every cup of quinoa – just be sure to thoroughly rinse it prior to cooking. It’s low fat, rich in vitamins, and contains all nine amino acids, making it an excellent source of protein. You can add just about anything you like for a tasty salad. Try one cup of quinoa with one apple, half a block of feta cheese (cubed), a large handful of sultanas, and a handful of chopped parsley with a dressing of red wine vinegar and olive oil for a spectacular salad you’ll be making time and time again.