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Don’t Be a Pretender: Protein Satiates Appetite

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA

Product Review of Special K Protein Line

(Be sure to scroll down to enjoy the song we rewrote for this occasion.)

Possibly because Kymberly is known in some circles as “Special K,” we were sent samples of the new “Protein Effect” bars, shakes and cereal by Special K (or maybe because Kellogg’s knows we like to eat)!

I Don't Have to Pretend to Like Protein

We each got four protein meal bars: chocolate peanut butter, cranberry walnut, caramel peanut, and chocolate chip, three protein shakes: strawberry banana, French vanilla, and milk chocolate, and a box of the Protein Plus Special K cereal.

Alexandra: As many of you know, we are all about making healthier choices that are realistic. Heck, even I, a vegetarian who bakes, cooks, has chickens that lay organic eggs, and drinks fruit smoothies every morning, wouldn’t expect you to eat wheat grass and tofu all the time (for the record, I like tofu. Notice how I diplomatically left wheat grass out of that sentence?). So we were very happy to try these products. Meal bars went into my gym bag for my university students who show up for class having had no breakfast, then wonder why they get faint during class. As to the shakes and cereal, the pictures will show you how I got all clever with my bad self!

So "Four-tuitous" that I have these to share with my university students

More Protein In Sack Lunch: Special K Pecan Muffins

French Vanilla Fruit Smoothie: Ooh la la, délicieux!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kymberly: As for me, I noticed that having the reformulated Special K cereal for breakfast did fill me up for the morning. The combo of rice milk, Special K protein cereal, strawberries, and one metal ring that accidentally dropped into my bowl off my cell phone kept me energetic through mornings of teaching fitness, running errands, dinking around on the computer, and sweeping the floor.  Normally I want a midmorning snack. Instead the protein effect kicked in and I stayed snackless until lunchtime. Then creative thinking started. “Where did my mind wander,” you wonder? Over to the perfect song for this product review. Basically, the words “I’m Special, So Special” kept running through my head. “I gotta have some of your attention. Give it to me!”

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Brass In Pocket by the Pretenders

SING ALONG TIME!

Got box in my mail
Got hunger I’ll outsmart it
My tummy, It feels so rumbly
Want my protein, protein, protein right now

Got hunger Ain’t getting younger
Need Protein Keeps Me So Lean
No Defects, Need Protein Effect
Want my protein, protein, protein right now

Gonna use my bowl
Gonna use my spoon
Gonna use my cookbook
Gonna use my lunchbox
Gonna use my blender
Gonna use my, my, my protein effect, yeah

‘Cause I gonna eat good stuff
There’s no other food here
That’s good enough
I’m so full, yeah, so full
I gotta have Special K protein Give it to me

‘Cause I gonna make you see
There’s nobody else here
No one like me
I’m special so special
I gotta have some of your attention give it to me

Got K Shakes I can’t miss a beat
Made muffins, They’re so sweet
Hey meal bars,  I’m thinking of you
Want my protein, protein, protein right now

‘Cause I gonna eat good stuff
There’s no other food here
that’s good enough
I’m so full, yeah, so full
I gotta have some Special K protein Give it to me

Readers: What tips do you have for people who are trying to “outsmart” their hunger, yet might be tempted to grab an unhealthy snack instead?

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Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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25 Responses to Don’t Be a Pretender: Protein Satiates Appetite

  1. E;le October 22, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    you’re special
    you’re special
    so special
    I can see….
    no one sings like THEE!
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  2. Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife October 22, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    i love special k. i used to eat their strawberry cereal all the time. so yummy!

  3. Jody - Fit at 54 October 22, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

    You are just tooooooooooooo much. Hope that metal ring had some fiber! ;) You gonna share the muffin recipe???

    Great post & loved that you shared the bars with the students.. been there & done that way back in the dark ages! ;)

    I always tell people there are great healthy foods that don’t take time & offer up some examples!
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  4. Tamara October 22, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    I was thinking that maybe the metal ring was iron-fortified! Maybe all that extra iron was what kept you going!
    But seriously, I love seeing positive reviews about breakfast cereals. A girl gets tired of oats after awhile…
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    • KymberlyFunFit October 24, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

      Seriously – I did get an extra kick from the iron in the ring. The irony (mah ha aaa) is that I did not even notice the ring in the photo until I went to post the picture and saw something, …. odd. I found the ring when I finished my bowl of Special K and wondered what was crunchy in that last bite. Ring a ding! But I did not know I’d captured it digitally already,
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  5. Debbie@ Live from La Quinta October 22, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

    You both are special. So special! I need more protein in my breakfast. I’m lazy, always in a hurry, and end up hungry two hours later. I need to try some of this Special stuff.
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  6. Presley @ Run Pretty October 23, 2012 at 3:13 am #

    If I don’t eat enough protein, I can tell. Grump time, haha. I want to try the Vanilla Smoothie!
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  7. Carrie@familyfitnessfood.com October 23, 2012 at 6:33 am #

    I love a good breakfast cereal, although I usually have cereal as an afternoon snack. Special K is one of my favorites.
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    • KymberlyFunFit October 24, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

      I am alternating between cereal for breakfast and as an evening snack. When I was in college, lo those many years ago, I had cereal for dinner. That was a budget decision. Now I go with health and nutrition.
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  8. Dawn @ Dawnieslife October 23, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    I actually like Special K. I actually love your song.
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  9. Charlotte October 23, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    you gals crack. me. up.
    I really want to try the smoothies! They look like a great on-the-go snack!
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    • KymberlyFunFit October 24, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

      They are so great on the go that you could wolf them down as you run run run Char Latte! Just don’t run back to the east coast if you are enjoying Texas (and our humor).
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  10. Heather @ Better With Veggies October 24, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    My not-so-secret trick for cereal is to add PB2 or warmed peanut butter to the mix for an extra protein kick, then it really sticks with me until lunch. ;)
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  11. John Poole October 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    Here’s how I invariably go about trying to get more protein in my diet:

    John: I’d like an omelet, plain, and a chicken salad sandwich on wheat toast, no mayonnaise, no butter, no lettuce. And a cup of coffee.

    Waitress: A #2, chicken salad sand. Hold the butter, the lettuce, the mayonnaise, and a cup of coffee. Anything else?

    John: Yeah, now all you have to do is hold the chicken, bring me the toast, give me a check for the chicken salad sandwich, and you haven’t broken any rules.

    Waitress: You want me to hold the chicken, huh?

    John: I want you to hold it between your knees.

    :-)

    Sorry…that was just to good an opportunity to pass up!

    ~John

  12. Annette@ FitnessPerks October 29, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    Love this! My review was way less exciting. But the protein effect is totally real!
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