Quick breakfast options and an easy guide to early morning fun with kids


Everyone in our home is usually awake early but my daughter likes to take her time getting ready and is easily agitated when I try to rush her. During the middle of summer in Arizona, it’s nearly impossible to do anything outdoors during the day. My daughter loves visiting the Phoenix zoo but does not necessarily like being rushed in the morning to get there. Early activities require planning and my easy guide to early morning fun with kids makes it simple as parents. Breakfast is an essential start to the day and when you’re rushed in the morning sometimes it’s the last thing you think of resulting in unhealthy food choices or pricey items when you’re out.  Nestlé makes it easy with quick breakfast options for early morning fun with kids. Having the option of Nesquik® for chocolate milk and Carnation® Breakfast Essentials™ is part of my easy guide to early morning fun with kids.


My daughter has always been a picky eater but breakfast is the meal she is most selective with. She doesn’t like any traditional breakfast foods and from the time she was a baby we struggled to find options she liked. By the time she was a toddler we were using chocolate milk to convince her to eat in the mornings. Our peidatrician suggested switching from failed attempts at breakfast items with a small cup  of chocolate milk each morning to Carnation Breakfast Essentials. The pediatrician suggested not telling my daughter about the clever switch and said she likely wouldn’t notice. We finally ended our breakfast struggle and my daughter was amazed when we told her she could have just the chocolate milk for breakfast. What she didn’t know was by drinking Carnation Breakfast Essentials in a cup of milk she was actually getting a complete nutritional drink.

Carnation Breakfast Essentials are quick breakfast options and complete nutritional drinks with:

  • 2x Vitamin D of an 8 ounce glass of milk
  • 2x Calcium of a 6 ounce yogurt
  • 21 vitamins & minerals
  • 13 grams protein

She didn’t notice the difference in taste between her regular cup of Nequik chocolate milk  and the replacement of Carnation Breakfast Essentials.


Years after her love of Carnation Breakfast Essentials began, she now asks for “Carnation Instant Breakfast” multiple mornings during the week. She has matured to like a few breakfast items but still prefers her favorite drink. She claims there is a specific way to prepare the drink and will watch closely to make sure I’m preparing it correctly.

How to prepare Carnation Breakfast Essentials:

  1. Add Carnation Breakfast Essentials powder to half cup of milk in glass.
  2. Stir until creamy.
  3. Fill cup to top with milk.
  4. Stir, add a straw, and Enjoy!


This week we planned a visit to the zoo. With the temperature over 110 degrees in Arizona, an early start was necessary to enjoy our zoo day. I followed my easy guide to early morning fun with kids to help us get out of the house quickly. My daughter got dressed, brushed her teeth, and enjoyed a breakfast on the go. We arrived at the zoo just as they opened.

Each time we visit our local zoo my daughter picks a different path to explore. During the summer we plan to stay just a couple of hours so she regularly changes our route to make sure we see different animals than during our last visit. This time she wanted to start at the petting zoo.


She played in the kids area, stopped for photos, and observed many different animals. She was full of energy because she had drank her Carnation Breakfast Essentials in the car on the way to the zoo. 


We spent a couple of hours at the zoo as planned and were back to the car before it was 100 degrees outside. Getting up early and having fun at the zoo was a great way to spend the morning!

Carnation Breakfast Essentials are a great breakfast option but if you already have your own breakfast favorites, simply add a glass of Nesquik chocolate milk for a cool drink. Which will you choose to add to your morning routine?

Carnation Instant Breakfast and Nesquik chocolate milk

The Nestlé products featured in this #MyGoodLife #CollectiveBias sponsored post are currently available at Walmart.


Do you do anything special to help you get out of the house early without feeling rushed?

Learn more about how Nestlé makes it easy to quickly prepare breakfast for early morning fun with kids by connecting with them on Facebook and Twitter. Visit Flavorful Moments for recipe ideas and to learn about other great Nestlé products. 

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