A Parachute Shake meal is more than a quick fix; it might be the healthiest thing you have all day.

Parachute Performance Meal Shakes are a healthy alternative to lunch on-the-go.Brandon Mathis

It happens to all of us. We’re busy. We’re on the go, running around in between running around. Meetings, errands, work – you name it. Something comes up and the next thing you know, you’ve missed lunch – again. Maybe you missed breakfast too. When you do have time to hit the trails, you have nothing left for fun.

It happened to Quin Patton so often that he did something about it. Patton didn’t invent the meal shake, he made it good for you.

“Traditionally, meal replacement shakes have been designed to help people lose weight through calorie restriction, which is still a useful function for a majority of consumers,” Patton says. “But for those of us that have an active lifestyle and need our bodies fully charged for an alpine start or even a hectic day at the office, we need a fast and healthy option so we can perform at our best and unlock our awesome.”

Parachute Shakes are made in Colorado. They contain no added sugar and have a 100 percent PDCAAS (protein digestibility corrected amino acid score) plant-based protein with a complex profile of macro- and micro-nutrients. With 24 vitamins and minerals, they are also loaded with 50 grams of carbs, 30 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber and healthy fats. Surprisingly, there is only 1 gram of sugar in the 400-calories-per-serving shake. Not only are they a smart choice for when it looks like meals are out of the question, odds are they are a smart choice over some of the meals we eat.

We’ve tested them two ways: that hectic office day where lunch wasn’t an option, and a weekend morning heading for the mountains. Whether we were getting crushed by spreadsheets or crushing vertical in the hills, we were doing fine with our Parachute.

Don’t expect a French vanilla malt here, because a Parachute isn’t dessert. (Right now, the shakes come in only one flavor, but Patton says new flavors are on the way.)

Parachute shakes catch you so don’t hit bottom, but they also provide a healthy alternative to what might have been for lunch.

Available in five serving sizes:

240, 320, 400, 500, 600 calories

Eight-pack 400-calorie size = $30