Slim Fast vs Carnation Instant Breakfast?

United States
January 22, 2009 11:40am CST
Okay... I'm on a diet! I hate to admit it, because I'll probably go off it in another week or so, but there you have it. I'm not a coffee drinker, so in the morning I usually have a glass of cappuccino. I have a powdered mix that I mix with water, and this has been my usual morning routine for a long time now. But I've just discovered there are 3 grams of fat per scoop of cappuccino. And I use 3 scoops per glass. I'm trying to cut down now, and the past couple days I've only used 2 scoops, but it doesn't taste right. There is really no nutritional value in cappuccino, and I don't really drink it for the caffeine, because I also drink caffeinated sodas. I mostly drink it for the flavor. So I've been thinking lately I might replace my morning cappuccino with a Slim Fast shake, because that would probably be less fat and calories, but more nutritional value, and it wouldn't hurt since I don't eat breakfast anyways. But Slim Fast is so expensive! So then I wondered about Carnation Instant Breakfast. I used to get these for my son to give him an extra boost in the morning (I was a little worried about him being too underweight, so gave it to him in addition to his usual breakfast). Is anyone familiar enough with both of these products to tell me if they're similar enough? I know the Carnation Instant Breakfast is probably cheaper than Slim Fast, but if the fat content, calories, and nutritional value are about the same, then I might as well save myself the money and just go with the Carnation, right? I suppose even if it isn't as good nutrionally as Slim Fast, it's still better than my cappuccino. I'm going to look at both when I do my shopping tomorrow, and make my final decision, but in the meantime I thought I'd get other opinions on it. What do you think? Which one would you choose to replace the daily cappuccino?