The Bottom Line
- 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
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.
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.