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Carnation Instant Breakfast Mix

About.com Rating 4 Star Rating
User Rating 4 Star Rating (4 Reviews)


Updated May 16, 2014

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The Bottom Line

Nestle Carnation Instant Breakfast Powder Drink Mix is an easy and inexpensive way to boost the amount of calories, calcium, iron, and other nutrients in your child's diet.


  • adds 130 calories to a glass of milk
  • provides extra protein, calcium, iron, and other important nutrients
  • available in 5 great tasting flavors
  • a fast and easy way to boost your child's nutrition
  • a less expensive alternative to other nutritional supplements, like Pediasure


  • drinking extra calories may actually fill up your child so that he eats even less
  • chocolate and cappuccino flavors have caffeine
  • has 20g of sugar (although a no-added sugar version is also available)


  • An easy way to boost your child's nutrition.
  • A powdered drink mix that you can add to a glass of milk or use to make a smoothie.
  • Provides your kids with an extra 130 calories, plus calcium, iron, and other nutrients.

Guide Review - Carnation Instant Breakfast Mix

Do some kids really have a problem with getting enough calories in their diet? With our childhood obesity problem, getting too many calories seems like a more common problem.

For many other children, getting enough calories and nutrition can interfere with their normal growth and development though. This can especially be a problem for:

  • kids with ADHD who are taking a stimulant, like Adderall XR, Ritalin, or Concerta, which can decrease their appetite
  • picky eaters who do not eat enough healthy and nutritious foods
  • kids with failure to thrive (FTT), a group of conditions that can cause weight loss or poor weight gain
  • kids with complex medical problems, like cystic fibrosis, malabsorption, and cancer, etc.
By adding a packet of Nestle Carnation Instant Breakfast Mix to a cup of milk, you can add an extra 130 calories and 250mg of calcium to your children's diet. This also provides them with extra protein, iron, and many other important nutrients.

The main downside is that it may be hard to give your children if they don't drink milk. You can try a ready-to-drink form though, or make a smoothie if not drinking milk is a problem.

Parents who read food labels will notice that sugar is listed second on the list of ingredients. If this extra sugar is a problem for you, choose the Carb-Conscious version, which has no added sugar.

If the caffeine in the chocolate or cappucino flavors is a turn off, go with vanilla or strawberry instead, which do not have any caffeine.

User Reviews

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 5 out of 5
Carnation Instant Breakfast ADHD, Member twinmom14

I am a mom of twins, one boy, one girl. I have been using Carnation Instant Breakfast( No Sugar Added form) with them since they turned 2. We gave it to them initially to break them out of their bottles, but I wanted to know they were still getting more nutrition than just milk. They drink it every morning, I split one packet between them, each with 8 oz of milk. They are 7 now, and my son was diagnosed ADHD last year. He does take Concerta and he's scrawny already, but the meds made him lose his appetite. I switched him back to Whole milk, and I give him his normal 1/2 packet in the morning, and another whole packet with whole milk after school. It's the one thing he doesn't get sick of, so once again Carnation saves the day!

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