Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Jump Start Your Day

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Let’s talk about Carnation Breakfast Essentials!  To me, this is a throwback to my childhood.  Growing up, my mother drank a packet of Carnation Instant Breakfast, mixed with milk, every single day.  So I grew up with this stuff!  And as I got older, I would also drink it before running out the door to school.  This product was a part of my entire childhood, and even after I left home it stayed with me.  So writing about it today seems a bit retro and nostalgic, because it seems like it has always been with  me. 

Now, I have children of my own- three to be exact.  And while I haven’t kept it as a constant in my pantry, it has still been around a lot.  I like to drink it in the mornings while I am getting ready for work.  Not only does it contain 13 grams of protein, but it also has 21 other vitamins and minerals, so I can feel good about including it in our morning routine.  Then I pack some fruit and some yogurt to take with me and I eat those after arriving at work.  This usually gets me through to lunch, along with a big cup of hot tea.  On the weekends when I am not so rushed, I like to mix a packet of it in as a smoothie ingredient.  It is great with strawberries and bananas!

My daughter is one of those fancy people who like to make breakfast, and she likes to use Carnation Breakfast Essentials as part of a nutritious breakfast.  She is home for summer right now, and yesterday morning as I was working on this post, she was making breakfast for herself, and I thought it was pretty so I snapped some shots of what she made.  Her bacon and egg bagel was perfect with the rich milk chocolate flavor.

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Carnation Breakfast Essentials is a great way to start your day, but I can’t write this post without sharing another way that it is being used in our house.  Mr. 15 Year Old is a distance runner for his high school track and cross country teams.  He goes to practice every day after school, and he runs several miles.  Just in case you don’t know, that is him right in the middle of this picture, behind the front two. 

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When he walks in the door after that very strenuous work out, the first thing he does is have a big glass of Carnation Breakfast Essentials mixed with milk.  Did you know that drinking chocolate milk after a long run is one of the best things you can do for your body? 

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When he first began running back in the 6th grade, we became interested in helping him eat things that were going to be fuel for his body, because he burns a lot of calories, and I read article after article about the benefits of drinking chocolate milk after a workout.  So he has been implementing this as part of his daily routine for years now.  He would never drink a milk product before a run, but after a run, he drinks it every single time.  It works for him!  So if you are a runner, or you have a runner in your family, you might want to try this.

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You can find Carnation Breakfast Drinks in the Breakfast food aisle at your local Walmart.

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Have you heard about the Carnation promotion?  If not here is how it works:
  • The promotion:  
  • Buy any 2 Carnation Breakfast Essentials products
  • Get a clear photo of your entire receipt and then text with keyword BREAKFAST to 811811 for submission instructions or email it to or upload your receipt to
  • You will receive a code back once the receipt has been verified that you can share with your friends and family for a free breakfast! (up to a $7.99 value). Participants can enter by texting a number, emailing, or uploading a photo of the receipt to the website
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