The protein effect (Special K Protein Plus review)

SpecialK 225x300 The protein effect (Special K Protein Plus review)I used to be quite the cereal girl, let me tell you. And I still like a bowl here and there for a snack or post-run refuel. But since getting a VitaMix last year, I’ve pretty much migrated to green smoothies or the occasional bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. I’ve found that I feel fuller longer than with my old cold-cereal standby, plus I like all the goodness I can pack into a smoothie.

Still, when I got a chance to review Special K’s Protein Plus line, I wanted to try it to see if it could stave off hunger compared to my old brands of cereal. The verdict? I would say yes. With 10 grams of protein in each serving, it definitely packs more punch than traditional cereal. The taste is good, too–my kids enjoyed it as much as I did. It also comes loaded up with healthy percentages of many vitamins and minerals, sometimes in the range of 35 percent to 45 percent of the daily value. Those are the pluses to the cereal.IMG 1985 224x300 The protein effect (Special K Protein Plus review)

Where I think it falls a bit short, however, is in some of the ingredients. To begin with, it only has three grams of fiber per serving. I prefer something with at least five grams. Sugar is the third ingredient listed, so that’s not so great. However, the total sugar per serving is seven grams, which is fairly reasonable.

The Protein Plus line isn’t just limited to cereal, however. It also includes ready-to-go protein shakes and protein meal bars. The flavors are all pretty tasty in my opinion. The shakes I sampled included chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry banana. The chocolate had a pretty heavy protein taste to it, but I liked both the vanilla and the strawberry banana. The protein bars included several options, too, my favorite being caramel peanut. Like the cereal, both the shakes and the bars contain 10 grams of protein, although both of these options also have five grams of fiber.

IMG 1973 224x300 The protein effect (Special K Protein Plus review)Again, the ingredients disappointed me. The bars, in fact, contained partially hydrogenated oils, something I keep out of our food supply. The shakes had a lengthy list of wordy ingredients, also, too far from the real food I prefer.

Final verdict on the line: I do think it does what it claims to do, which is stave off hunger. The bars and shakes are certainly portable and convenient to have on hand for post-workout refueling, and the flavors are all pretty good. The ingredients are not for me, however, because I personally am a fan of real foods, not heavily processed products. To me, that would be the biggest consideration when assessing whether or not to use the line.

How do you stave off hunger? Do you find protein works best for you? 


FitFluential LLC compensated me for this campaign. All opinions are my own.

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  1. Well yesterday I fought off hunger by eating anything and everything I could get my hands on..not what I would recommend to anyone though :)

    Those protien shakes always frighten me a bit..not a big fan of drinking a meal.

  2. I noticed a huge change in my body and energy levels once I increased my protein intake, especially at breakfast. I have a protein smoothie every morning, using organic, non-denatured whey, raw almond butter, banana, spinach and almond milk and I’m full until lunch. That’s really too bad that Special K has partially hydrogenated oil as an ingredient. I would have thought that at this point they’d have wised up on that.
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  3. I tend to try to stay away from drinking my meals makes me feel hungry sooner, even with the protein, I think it is a mental thing, I try to stay away from protein bas too. I do use protein shakes post workout for recovery. I havent tried anything from the Special K line thanks for the review
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  4. Thanks for the review. I am with you though, I have been migrating away from processed stuff and trying to reach for clean, whole foods. However, (prior to finding out about my gluten and dairy issues) I would reach for similar products in a pinch and sometimes I do miss the convenience of it – though I wouldn’t make it a staple.
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  5. Almonds. I’m so sick of almonds ;)
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  6. I have never tried the protein bars or shakes. I have heard that the bars are good, but I tend to stay away from those items. I would prefer a picky bar over a special k protein bar.
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  7. I struggle to get enough protein into my13 yr old DD. She is into every sport including about 8 hours of volleyball and 9 hours of cheer a week! Thanks for this fab reveiw:)
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  8. A little disappointed to hear about the processed ingredients. Trail mix combinations usually do the trick.

    On another note. I bought a Vitamix last weekend!! I’ve wanted one forever. Any favorite recipes to share :)
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