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Summer vacation is now here which means we have fewer mornings filled with chaos. Frantic mornings with everyone in a rush seems to be the norm during the school year. Often times, having a nutritious breakfast seemed near impossible for my 6th grade son. Many days he overslept leaving just enough time throw on clothes, use the bathroom and head out the door.
I am a firm believer in the age old adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. How can you function at an optimal level with a growling stomach and a brain crying out for a dose of nutrition? As a parent, I want my kids to be successful and having that nutritious breakfast is one way to help them get there. Operating a small business from home means I don’t have the time or desire to be cooking a traditional breakfast with eggs, bacon, and pancakes or waffles for the boys. Sorry, no housewife of the 1950’s lives here.
Even though it was the end of the school year, I decided to see if having Nestlé Carnation Breakfast Essentials Powder as a quick breakfast option would make a difference. This is a product which is celebrating 50 Years of Breakfast Across America and I have relatives that use it daily. The powder adds 5 grams of protein to a cup of milk. That protein will help satiate them for longer than a breakfast of simple carbohydrates which can mean more ‘brain power’ in the classroom.
I headed to our local Fred Meyer (Kroger branded store) to pick up a box, but ended up with 2 after seeing a sign about the CarnationFreeBreakfast.com promotion.
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An added bonus for this promotion is that your purchase triggers a Feeding America donation! Carnation Breakfast Essentials® will donate $25,000 to Feeding America to help those in need. FREE breakfast for a friend AND helping those in need is a definite win – win.
While drinking Nestlé Carnation Breakfast Essentials Powder mixed with a cup of milk is tasty enough, I find that a little variety can make a world of difference. Making sure the boys are getting enough fruits and vegetables in their diet can be a challenge at times. Thus began my quest for what additions would work well with the different flavors we had on hand.
Customizing Your Nutritious Breakfast ~ Tropical Inspired Breakfast Smoothie
Using the Vanilla flavor of Nestlé Carnation Breakfast Essentials Powder as a base, I opted to use frozen mangos to change things up a bit. Out of curiosity, we tried the same thing with the Rich Chocolate flavor and it is also quite tasty!
Making A Tropical Inspired Breakfast Smoothie requires the use of a good blender and a few minutes of your time.
Start by mixing together your Nestlé Carnation Breakfast Essentials Powder with unsweetened almond milk or water. Using water alone is fine, but the bit of almond milk helps to thicken up the smoothie. My personal preference is for the almond milk which has vanilla added already. If you have plain almond milk, then just add about a splash of vanilla to it at this time. What is key is using unsweetened (or making your own without any added sugars) to keep the total sugar count low enough for the breakfast to remain healthy.
Once the powder is fully incorporated, add the frozen mangoes. Start on a low speed to get started and then crank it on up to a high setting. Our blender has a smoothie option which I used for making this.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 227.5 Total Fat: 2.5g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 5mg Sodium: 280mg Fiber: 2.5g Sugar: 280g Protein: 6.8g
If you want a smoothie that borders on a soft serve consistency, just add a few ice cubes while blending. Doing this will dilute the mango taste. I liked adding not quite a drop of orange essential oil to heighten the tropical flavor. (Just dip a toothpick in the oil and then swish it in your smoothie before blending.) And, if you love a coconut twist, then add a little extra virgin coconut oil (with chunks of coconut shavings in the oil) to boost the healthy fats and expand upon the tropical flavor.
I found that it DID make it easier to ensure he had a good dose of nutrition before entering the classroom. There were no complaints about how long it took to mix up a package into a cup of milk and then drink it. Plus, it could be taken in the car (using a closed lid and straw to minimize messes) if time was really crunched.
With all the time saved during the morning rush, we now have more time to enjoy our breakfast as a family. Well, minus my husband who leaves super early for work and the teens who seem to rise later and later each morning. Longer days in Alaska at this time of year means it is even warm enough to enjoy breakfast on the deck!
Plus I think we’ll be packing a box (or two) of Nestlé Carnation Breakfast Essentials Powder when we go RVing this summer. They take up little room and will let us get out and enjoy the journey quickly each morning.
Have you tried Nestlé Carnation Breakfast Essentials Powder to make your morning routing quicker?
Which is your favorite flavor and do you add something to the mix?