Carnation Instant Breakfast for 3 year old picky eater?

Kimberly - posted on 12/15/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I have a 3 year old who is an extremely picky eater. I offer him healthy foods & will continue to do so. Any thoughts on carnation instant breakfast?

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Medic - posted on 12/17/2011

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I agree with Terra....you would be amazed at the veggies I have managed to hide in smoothies. My 5 year old will eat anything but my almost 2 year old eats on a revolving menu. Some days she will eat veggies some days not but she will always drink a smoothie and she thinks it is a treat so I tell her she must eat at least something off her plate to get one and she always will.

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I love it.. for myself. :) It's full of sugar and really not much better than just giving your kid chocolate milk (which I have no problem w/... on occasion). When I make it (I only buy chocolate) I buy the powder and mix it w/ almost double the milk. My 3.5 year old son likes to share some w/ me.

I think your best bet would be to continue offering the healthy foods and giving a vitamin if he's not eating much of a variety. Save the Carnation Instant Breakfast for the occasional treat and not rely on it to provide your son w/ nutrition.

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♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 12/21/2011

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You're welcome. It works on picky husbands too :)

Kimberly - posted on 12/21/2011

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I have not tried the V8 fusion. Never even thought about it actually. Good idea! Thank you!

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 12/21/2011

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Have you tried V8 Fusion? It's a tricky way of getting kids and adults to have fruit and vegatables

Kimberly - posted on 12/21/2011

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Thanks for the great advice! He really seems to like the pediasure sidekicks & the kids boost essentials. I am going to try the smoothies! I'll just tell him it's a special milkshake! I am still offering him healthy foods. He atleast tries them now. Well, he puts takes a bite & automatically spits it back out. But we are making progress. Once again thank you guys so much for all the helpful tips!

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 12/18/2011

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Hey if he eats it. You should also try the Pediasure. One of my friends was told to give that to her daughter by her pediatrician.

But don't give up trying to give him healthy snacks. One day he'll learn to at least tolerate them.

Rebekah - posted on 12/18/2011

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Carnation Instant Breakfast was recommended by my daughter's pediatrician to help her to gain weight, but I'm not sure how much extra nutrition it adds. If it's just a matter of him being a picky eater, I'd try Pedia-sure instead.

Terra - posted on 12/17/2011

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All of those drinks are full of sugar and really aren't a good way to ensure you child is getting enough of the proper vitamins. If you want a yummy drink that also good for you little one try making your own smoothies. You'd be surprised of all the amazing good things you can sneak into a smoothie and your son will think he's getting a wonderful treat.

Jackie - posted on 12/16/2011

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They actually have a nutritional drink more for picky kids, I believe it's by ensure, but not 100% on that. May want to ask your doc before hand though.

Janelson106 - posted on 12/15/2011

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I was told to give my daughter carnation breakfast daily as a snack in between meals so that she will gain weight. I still havent done that because I am not worried about her weight.

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