Best Instant Breakfast Drinks in 2020



Carnation Breakfast Essentials Powder Drink Mix, Rich Milk Chocolate, 10 Count Box of 1.26 Ounce Packets (Pack of 6) (Packaging May Vary) Review:


Very good taste. No scary ingredients. Decently priced. Works as a meal replacement every now and then. In a 24oz Blender Bottle, I put Nestle Nido sufficient to make about 16 ounces, an envelope of vanilla Carnation Breakfast Essentials and a scoop of Optimum Nutrition vanilla flavored Natural Whey powder and take it with me. To prepare add about 1 and 1/2 500ml bottles of water and shake for about a minute. The ON whey powder is very low carb/high protein and helps avoid the carb crash from the other ingredients. This is usually enough to get me through a day without eating anything else.

I would like to try the other chocolate and malt flavors Carnation makes, and probably pair them up with some chocolate ON whey protein powder and another brand of whole milk powder. The Nido is ok, but not great. The Carnation and ON products taste great.



Carnation Breakfast Essentials 40-1.26oz Packets - Rich Milk Chocolate Review:


My daughter suffered a major brain trauma five years ago. She has gone from being an adult to an eight year old. A very sweet girl. She is not interested in eating anything in the morning. So, I began using these, both the packets that I mix with almond milk and the ready to use shakes. She loves them. These have been a godsend to us, as it has made breakfast simple and problem free! The cost on Amazon is really very good, too! I imagine they would be terrific to use with anyone on the run! If anyone who is a prayerful person is reading this, please offer a good thought for my girl, Mia. Thank you!



Carnation Breakfast Essentials High Protein Ready-to-Drink, Rich Milk Chocolate, 8 Ounce Bottle (Pack of 24) (Packaging May Vary) Review:


High Protein Rich Chocolate
My daughter & I are lactose intolerant. She moreso than me.
(Lactaid tablets don't help her; she can only use Lactaid brand lactose free milk. Off brand lactose free milk doesn't agree with her.)

I'm telling you this because neither of us experience any problems when we drink one of these a day. I have problems if I drink more than one a day.

These have a thicker consistency...not thick like a milkshake, but thicker than milk.
We like the chocolate flavor even though the flavor is a bit different. I only buy the High Protein version which contains 15 grams of protein & 28 grams total carbs

I know these are designed as a breakfast drink, but I typically reach for one if I know I'll be missing a meal. The other day a family member was taken to ER at meal time so I grabbed a couple of these to share because we missed our evening meal.

Gluten Free
Suitable for those with Lactose Intolerance



Carnation Breakfast Essentials Ready-to-Drink, Rich Milk Chocolate, 8 Ounce Bottle (Pack Of 6) Review:


I am giving Prime Pantry a try. This arrived all together with my other things. It was packaged well so there was no squishing. Today is 6/4/18 and use by is 3/19/19 so there is no problem at all with expiration. The box and bottles had no blemishes, so I did not get that feeling...you know the one where you leave the first one or two on the shelf and get the one behind because people have handled them so much they are all banged up? Yeah. Didn't have that here. As a matter of fact, this will be an almost exact review of the other items as well because they are all the same way. Good package condition. Looks crisp and new. I dont know why that makes me feel like the product inside is better, but I would have negative feelings if it were. So, first full pantry purchase (7 items I would have absolutely purchased anyway) is positive, 5 stars as well. Value, quality, convenience, appearance. Check. The box it came in even had handles on the side flaps that weren't Amazon "taped". (You have to open it to access it).



Carnation Breakfast Essentials Ready-to-Drink, Rich Milk Chocolate, 8 Ounce Bottle (Pack of 24) (Packaging May Vary) Review:


I grew up on Carnation Instant breakfast packets mixed with milk, which may be slightly healthier than the pre-mixed version, but my child is not quite ready for breakfast before we leave in the a.m. These are a more instant, instant breakfast. I do pour it into a toddler cup to avoid spills, and load it into her car seat cup holder before starting our commute. Started using it as soon as she started liking chocolate, at about 2 years old.

Have tried mixing my own with the dry packets and whole milk, but that's generally too cold (as milk was refrigerated) and these bottles are room temp. Probably could use Organic Valley milk boxes at room temp, but pre-mixed would be awfully close or maybe even cheaper in price, plus the pre-mixed bottles are more efficient in the a.m.

Thought about Go and Grow toddler formula, but they use artificial sweeteners, and the nutrition labels aren't a lot different from the Carnation version, which seems to run less expensive. I believe protein content was higher in Carnation, as well.

At any rate, it's our instant breakfast of choice for the a.m. commute on weekdays, and half a bottle occasionally makes its way onto the table next to a more traditional breakfast option on weekends.



Orgain Organic Plant Based Protein + Superfoods Powder, Vanilla Bean - Vegan, Non Dairy, Lactose Free, No Sugar Added, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Non-GMO, 2.02 lb Review:


I really like this product. I've been buying it at C#### for over a couple of years but thought I'd buy it on Amazon out of convenience. The problem is deceptive packaging. The product I buy at another retail outlet contains 2.7 pounds of protein powder. This came, truthfully labelled as 2 pounds but in the same size container as the 2.7 pound product.
Opening it was a bit of a shock. Half-full, or half-empty if you prefer. I understand many foods are sold by weight, not by volume, but from a customer viewpoint it seems really cheap selling a large container only half-full of protein powder. Why would a manufacturer do that? To save money on different size containers and labels? Is it worth the savings if it makes the customer feel rather cheated when they open the container and it's only half-full? Come on Orgain! You're not doing us or yourselves any favors. Fill up the container or get smaller containers. Customers want to feel they got their money's worth. Hence, the four stars instead of five.

Aside from this issue, I do like the product and use it daily in my morning smoothie's. Good tasting protein powder with quality ingredients and no sugar or aspartame. I definitely recommend it. But look for the 2.7 lb. weight container for the same price.



Carnation Breakfast Essentials Light Start Powder Drink Mix, Rich Milk Chocolate, 8 Packets (Pack of 8 Boxes) (Packaging May Vary) Review:


Hubby grew up on this product and recently wanted retry it. I find it kind of ironic that it's indeed finding a resurgence lately.....Sunday newspaper coupons as well as TV commmercials for it. Since he's Diabetic, I buy the "no sugar added" Vanilla flavor [his favorite]. I tried a sip, and neither of us can detect an aftertaste, however we are both "no sugar added" junkies. Neither of us are ingredient experts so we don't know what gives it a sweet taste. But we do know it provides him with 21 essential vitamins and nutrients which he definitely needs for his very active job. I mix up a couple bottles @ a time [12oz bottles recycled from salad dressings], put in the fridge and he just grabs one in the morning on his way out the door to work. He can quickly dring a bottle on the run while working, and get some sustanence when he really needs it. The Subscribe/Save makes the price like $1.00 a box cheaper, no shipping costs, and we always have it on hand in the pantry. Love Amazon!



Propel Powder Packets Four-Flavor Variety Pack With Electrolytes, Vitamins and No Sugar (50 count) Review:


These work well to supplement my electrolytes. I run, and after doing some pretty long runs, I’ve noticed my leg muscles will involuntarily twitch, and when I take electrolytes my muscle do not twitch, so I take electrolytes after I go for a run.

These seem to work fine, I have used them after long runs and not seen any muscle twitching. The flavor is a lot sweeter than some other electrolyte powders I have used, these have sucralose added to sweeten the flavor. I don’t really care for the sucralose or the sweetness, but the electrolytes are working for me so it’s fine.

I noticed the packaging says “No sugar” and at least for the “berry flavor”, the ingredients has sugar listed as the 7th ingredient, with Total Sugars listed as 0 g on the nutrition facts… so I’m guessing there is some sugar in this but not enough to “have to” list it on the nutrition facts. I almost always take this as recovery after a run, so I’m not concerned about added sugars, but I thought I’d point this out in case people are trying to maintain ketosis and supplementing their electrolytes.

Overall, this is probably not my favorite electrolyte powder based on the flavor, but the price for 50 packets of electrolyte mix is a great value, and it’s preventing my electrolyte imbalance muscle spasms, so I’m very happy with this product and I would recommend it to people who need some electrolytes.

These packets are definitely much cheaper, have fewer calories and less packaging and waste than bottles of Propel fitness water or Gatorade type drinks that also help supplement electrolytes lost during exercise.

Update: These also work great replenishing electrolytes after very hot, sweaty long runs. If you are sweating out 8-9 pounds of fluids (for me that's about 4 hours at around 85 degrees), maybe two packets are needed.

These are so far the cheapest electrolyte replacement I have found, and are working great for me. I keep ordering more.



Orgain Organic Plant Based Protein Powder, Creamy Chocolate Fudge - Vegan, Low Net Carbs, Non Dairy, Gluten Free, Lactose Free, No Sugar Added, Soy Free, Kosher, Non-GMO, 2.03 Pound Review:


I'll preface this by stating that I try to never review a product until I've been using it for at least two+ weeks. So after two weeks and going to the gym 6 out of 7 days a week, here's an honest opinion...

Pros:
- Ridiculously easy to mix -- could just mix it with my eyes.
- Stevia over other synthetic sweetners/sugars (some may find Stevia disgusting, for me, I find the taste decent enough to put over my cereal)
- No stomach issues to report (I'm severely lactose intolerant and have several other food allergies that have put me in the ER)
- Priced fairly well for what it offers compared to other competitors

Cons:
- Taste -- SUPER chalky -- probably one of the worst tasting powders I've tried (1 star off)
- Minor gripe -- the scoop was buried deep in the pits of powder hell. I tried to fish it out with a knife, spoon, and fork... no dice. I finally cursed, "[dang-diddly diddly do-dang]," brought out the jaws of life and buried my hand in. Despite using my hand, I still had to do some casual spear fishing for a few minutes until I finally got it out. (1 star off).

Other thoughts:
Despite the taste, this powder is one of the few out there that doesn't give me the rumbley tumblies or the quacking ducks, so I can't complain too much. My intestines are thankful for the lack of dairy ingredients, as well as the E.R. doctors being thankful for not having to inject muscle relaxants/fluids into me at THREE-IN-THE-MORNING(twice). While it doesn't contain as much protein per scoop as other competitors, it offers a great choice for those who are like me and have severe food allergies, but still want their protein. A good product that has the potential to be great, but definitely needs a bit more work in the taste department. Otherwise, this will be my go-to protein for the time being.

Overall: 5/7 stars.



Orgain Organic Plant Based Protein Powder, Peanut Butter - Vegan, Low Net Carbs, Non Dairy, Gluten Free, Lactose Free, No Sugar Added, Soy Free, Kosher, Non-GMO, 2.03 Pound Review:


I'll preface this by stating that I try to never review a product until I've been using it for at least two+ weeks. So after two weeks and going to the gym 6 out of 7 days a week, here's an honest opinion...

Pros:
- Ridiculously easy to mix -- could just mix it with my eyes.
- Stevia over other synthetic sweetners/sugars (some may find Stevia disgusting, for me, I find the taste decent enough to put over my cereal)
- No stomach issues to report (I'm severely lactose intolerant and have several other food allergies that have put me in the ER)
- Priced fairly well for what it offers compared to other competitors

Cons:
- Taste -- SUPER chalky -- probably one of the worst tasting powders I've tried (1 star off)
- Minor gripe -- the scoop was buried deep in the pits of powder hell. I tried to fish it out with a knife, spoon, and fork... no dice. I finally cursed, "[dang-diddly diddly do-dang]," brought out the jaws of life and buried my hand in. Despite using my hand, I still had to do some casual spear fishing for a few minutes until I finally got it out. (1 star off).

Other thoughts:
Despite the taste, this powder is one of the few out there that doesn't give me the rumbley tumblies or the quacking ducks, so I can't complain too much. My intestines are thankful for the lack of dairy ingredients, as well as the E.R. doctors being thankful for not having to inject muscle relaxants/fluids into me at THREE-IN-THE-MORNING(twice). While it doesn't contain as much protein per scoop as other competitors, it offers a great choice for those who are like me and have severe food allergies, but still want their protein. A good product that has the potential to be great, but definitely needs a bit more work in the taste department. Otherwise, this will be my go-to protein for the time being.

Overall: 5/7 stars.