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Ensure(Boost) vs. Carnation Instant Breakfast
Dec 11, 2011 at 11:24 PM
So my 2.5 year old daughter has been drinking Ensure Plus (350 cal, 14 grams of fat) shakes for awhile now for breakfast and does well with them. The only problem we have is that she is not too hungry for lunch and I could totally understand why. With that being said, I am curious if people on here that have tried both shakes (like ensure and boost) and carnation instant breakfast can say that Carnation is less "filling" . I am wondering if the additive of pure milk would make the carnation less filling so my daughter would be more hungry for her lunch.

Or do they essentially fill you up the same??
Any thoughts or insights would be helpful! (we are thinking of switching to Carnation....)

Answers
Taste wise I like the carnation instant breakfast but it's too thick and has too strong a flavor for me so I bought the chocolate and mixed extra milk in it. I don't really care for any of them. I've tried all and if I had to choose I'd go with Carnation IB.
Dec 18, 2011 at 7:51 AM
I agree with Ronnie, I think the Carnation is less "filling". We use carnation all the time in her milk. For the most part I'm always adding strawberry, chocolate or vanilla to her milk and just do regular milk sometimes because in my own head I think I want her to not get to where she is demanding her milk to be flavored (thats just something I made up in my own head. So the carnation is just to add something to her milk. But now she is the same way at breakfast - which glad to hear my daughter isn't the only one...breakfast just isn't really her thing. Somedays I can get her to eat well but usually breakfast is small for her so I do sometimes have her drink a pediasure then.
Dec 12, 2011 at 11:31 PM
I regularly use both, and, at least for me, find that the CIB fills me up more than the Boost. However, I would think the "full" feeling usually has more to do with volume than caloric content, so whichever has the greater volume should make her less likely to eat next time. However, it's possible that the Boost lingers in the stomach longer, but I haven't noticed it.
Dec 12, 2011 at 5:27 PM
I agree with Ronnie. However if she doesn't like to eat breakfast (which she sounds like me) you might keep her on the boost.

I used to drink the carnation instant breakfast before school, but I always got real hungry before lunch. Recently I have tried the ensure boosts, and have noticed they stay with me a lot longer.

To really get a good answer for your daughter, just have a trial run. So the instant breakfast might work a lot better. Just keep an eye on her weight, if you notice she starts to loose some go back to the boost.

Or have instant breakfast for breakfast, and add a boost to go with her lunch. You don't have to make her drink it all, but if you just wanted to add in extra calories that could work too. Or vis versa....boost for breakfast, and let her have the carnation with lunch, so even if she doesn't eat much, she gets extra calories with lunch anyway.
Dec 12, 2011 at 1:38 PM
I always thought that Boost was more filling than Carnation instant breakfast. Boost is more like a shake while Carnation instant breakfast was more like chocolate milk, to me at least.
Dec 12, 2011 at 11:22 AM
Why Ensure and not Pedisure? We were told to always feed Karlye before giving her a drink so she doesn't get full..I give her Pedisure as a snack, but food first. She gets more fat and calories w/ food. I have just started adding alittle whipping cream in her drink for a few extra calories...are you having weight issues?
Dec 12, 2011 at 12:43 AM
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