Shopping Guide: The 5 Best Nutrition Products to Buy in Bulk

Chad Birt

Written by Chad Birt on Fri Mar 08 2024.

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Buying in bulk is one of the best decisions family caregivers can make. It saves money, keeps the pantry stocked, and supports the environment. Bulk buying also provides peace of mind. It ensures you have something nutritious on hand to feed your loved one if you’re too tired or busy to cook.

To support family caregivers, we stock a variety of healthy food and beverage options that cater to the needs of those with nutritional challenges. Most can be bought in bulk and all qualify for our Autoship program. Here, we take a closer look at our 5 best nutrition products to buy in bulk. 

What Are Bulk Nutrition Products?

Bulk nutrition products are foods and drinks sold in large quantities. Buying in bulk lets you purchase multiple products at once instead of paying for them separately. This saves you money and prevents you from having to visit the grocery store so frequently.

At Carewell, we carry bulk products that cater to unique nutritional challenges. Whether you’re caring for someone who needs to increase their caloric intake or a loved one with chewing and swallowing difficulties, these items make it easier to perform your caregiving responsibilities.

How We Chose the Products On This List

The products featured in this shopping guide are a mix of our best-selling and highest-rated bulk nutrition products. Whenever possible, we’ve included real user feedback under the heading: “Hear It From a User/Caregiver.” 

Carewell’s 5 Best Nutrition Products to Buy in Bulk

Let’s take a closer look at our 5 best nutrition products to buy in bulk:

1) Boost Very High Calorie Oral Supplement, Vanilla (Case of 24)

Boost’s “very high calorie” formula supports those who need to gain weight, maintain weight, or address undernutrition. Each serving contains 530 calories, 26 vitamins and minerals, 26 grams of fat, and 22 grams of protein. These drinks make meal and snack time a breeze, and the vanilla flavor is a customer favorite.

Key Benefits & Features

  • Contains 530 calories per 8-ounce serving

  • Includes vitamins C and D, zinc, iron, and selenium for immune support

  • No artificial flavors or sweeteners

Hear it from a caregiver

“Trying to eat 3,800 calories a day and meet macro requirements sucks. These little shakes make it much better. Fast shipping, lots of promo codes, and it’s convenient. I’m gaining about 3 lbs of mass consistently every month now. 💪” - Zac S.

Boost Very High Calorie Oral Supplement, Vanilla
Boost Very High Calorie Oral Supplement, Vanilla

Calories per Serving: 530

Price: $65.00

2) Thick & Easy Purees, Roasted Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots (Pack of 7)

Thick & Easy Purees provides a convenient meal solution for those with chewing and swallowing difficulties. The meals come in several varieties, but roasted chicken with potatoes and carrots is our best seller. Each serving contains 250 calories, 15 grams of fat, and 14 grams of protein.

Key Benefits & Features

  • Ready in 60 seconds; cooks in the microwave

  • No refrigeration is required for storage

  • Perfect for those with chewing and swallowing difficulties, texture sensitivities, and people on soft-food diets

Hear it from a caregiver

“My mom is able to eat them and it’s hard for her to eat regular food because of her dysphasia (difficulty swallowing). She likes the taste.”

- Matthew M. 

3) Ensure Original Nutritional Shake (Case of 24)

Ensure nutritional shakes are a family caregiver favorite and the #1 doctor-recommended brand! Whether your loved one wants a quick breakfast or a snack to tide them over in between meals, Ensure has everything you need. Each shake contains 9 grams of protein, 27 essential vitamins and minerals, and antioxidants. 

Key Benefits & Features

  • Contains 220 calories per 8-ounce serving

  • Two delicious flavors: chocolate and vanilla

  • Suitable as a meal supplement or meal replacement

Hear it from a caregiver

“It really helps to keep my parents protein and vitamin levels up. They are elderly and they don’t want to eat as much as they used to daily. They do like the taste of the drink.”

- Terri C. 

Ensure Original Nutritional Shake
Ensure Original Nutritional Shake

Price: $13.36 - $62.66

4) Kate Farms, Chocolate Nutrition Shake (Case of 12) 

Kate Farms is one of the hottest organic brands on the market, and for good reason! Their products contain good-for-you ingredients and delicious flavors without added artificial sweeteners or allergens. Kate Farms nutritional shakes are suitable for people of all ages, including babies and children 1 and older. 

Key Benefits & Features:

  • Each shake is made with plant-based ingredients and contains 27 vitamins and nutrients

  • 16 grams of organic pea protein per serving

  • Tastes great right out of the carton or as the base for a smoothie

Hear it from a caregiver

“Whenever I don’t feel like eating, this is a great breakfast, lunch, and dinner.”

- Rosa H. 

5) Carnation Breakfast Essentials, Powder Packets (Case of 60) 

Carnation Breakfast Essentials is a nutritional drink mix that contains 13 grams of protein per serving. Mix the powder with 1 cup of skim milk and drink –– it’s that easy! The chocolate flavor is loved by kids and adults alike and each packet contains essential vitamins and minerals for immune support.

Key Benefits & Features

  • Each packet contains 220 calories per serving

  • Nutritionally appropriate for people 4 and older

  • Contains 100% of the daily recommended value (DV) for vitamin D and 40% DV of calcium to help support and build strong bones.

Hear it from a caregiver

“This is one thing my mother will consume and it’s full of nutrients. I appreciate how quickly it was delivered to our house.”

- Diana S. 

Carnation Breakfast Essentials Powder Packets
Carnation Breakfast Essentials Powder Packets

Price: $5.25 - $33.66

Get Fast, Free Shipping & 30% Off with Autoship

Preparing snacks and meals is a full-time job for family caregivers, but if you have bulk products on hand, you can cut back on grocery store visits. At Carewell, we offer fast, free shipping on orders $49+ with Autoship. Enjoy 30% off your first Autoship order, and an additional 5% off each order of qualifying products.

Have Questions About Organic Nutrition? We’re Here to Help!

Buying nutrition products in bulk can be intimidating. What if you make the wrong choice and have shakes or meals you can’t use? Don’t stress! Our friendly Care Team can help by answering your questions and making product recommendations that align with your family’s needs. Contact them 24/7 by calling (800) 696-CARE or sending an email to support@carewell.com.

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Chad Birt
Chad Birt

Chad Birt is a freelance medical writer who resides in Astoria, Oregon. When he isn't behind a keyboard, you can find him hiking, camping, or birdwatching with his wife Ella and their two dogs, Diane and Thoreau.