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If you can't take a seat to eat, grabbing something quick can do the trick.

"First and foremost, anything is better than nothing at all," says Tom Moffitt, LSU's director of strength and conditioning. In addition to three solid meals, Moffitt, a supporter of higher protein diets, suggests downing a meal replacement [MRP] twice daily. Packed with a balance of protein, carbs, fat, plus vitamins and minerals, MRPs can help you avoid a nutrient deficiency. Keep one of these top picks in your bag.

GNC Pro Performance Mega MRP [gnc.com]Flavor: Vanilla $46/20 packetsCalories: 260 // Protein: 40g // Carbs: 20g // Fat: 2gThe lowdown: A high protein blend that contains complex carbs and glutamine, an amino acid that is a protein building block

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If you can't take a seat to eat, grabbing something quick can do the trick.

"First and foremost, anything is better than nothing at all," says Tom Moffitt, LSU's director of strength and conditioning. In addition to three solid meals, Moffitt, a supporter of higher protein diets, suggests downing a meal replacement [MRP] twice daily. Packed with a balance of protein, carbs, fat, plus vitamins and minerals, MRPs can help you avoid a nutrient deficiency. Keep one of these top picks in your bag.

GNC Pro Performance Mega MRP [gnc.com]
Flavor: Vanilla
$46/20 packets
Calories: 260 // Protein: 40g // Carbs: 20g // Fat: 2g
The lowdown: A high protein blend that contains complex carbs and glutamine, an amino acid that is a protein building block

Labrada Lean Body Instant Breakfast Shake [labrada.com]
Flavor: Bananas and Cream
$74/20 packets
Calories: 360 // Protein: 40g // Carbs: 35g // Fat: 7g
The lowdown: Offers 7 grams of fiber and a blend of natural grains, including oats, rice bran and brown rice; provides 24 vitamins and minerals

Muscle Milk Collegiate RTD [cytosport.com]
Flavor: Chocolate Milk Shake
$27/12 shakes
Calories: 250 // Protein: 18g // Carbs: 26g // Fat: 8g
The lowdown: EvoPro Collegiate Protein Blend consists of tri-whey proteins. Also formulated with CytoCarb II to help sustain muscle glycogen

EAS Myoplex Original [eas.com]
Flavor: Vanilla Creme
$60/20 packets
Calories: 280 // Protein: 42g // Carbs: 24g // Fat: 3g
The lowdown: Packs 42 grams of protein per serving along with 27 vitamins and minerals

MuscleTech Meso-Tech Complete Bar [muscletech.com]
Flavor: Peanut Butter Chocolate
$36/12 bars
Calories: 330 // Protein: 25g // Carbs: 41g // Fat: 7g
The lowdown: As a bar, this product delivers 50 percent of your daily value of 14 vitamins and minerals; contains Mesopro Protein Blend, which includes milk protein isolate


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