Will the Newest Version of Special K Protein Cereals work?
I was excited when I saw the “Buy One Get One Free” special on the Special K Protein cereal so I bought my one box (and got the extra box for free!). I noticed that the box looked different, but manufacturers change the look of their products constantly so I didn’t think much about it.
I don’t eat cereal everyday so several days passed before I reached for the cereal; however, upon looking at the label I was shocked–they made not only a change to the cover but a change to the cereal!
Fast forward a few weeks later. I was leading a grocery store tour at a local Meijer when I noticed a few different types of the Special K protein cereal. Clearly, they had expanded their product line of the protein cereals (which means they are selling!).
What changed with the new Special K cereals?
There are three current versions: Original, Brown Sugar Crunch, and Honey Almond Ancient Grain. The “Original” version is not the same as the “Original” original version. The new “Original” version uses a different serving size: 1 1/3 cup; whereas the serving size of the “Original” original version was 3/4 cup. For this reason, the new “Original” seems to be much higher in calories, protein, carbs, etc. However, if you compare both versions on a per gram basis here is what you’d find:
Impact Carbs: .5 “Original” Original
Impact Carbs: .57 NEW Original
Protein: .32 “Original” Original
Protein: .25 New Original
Conclusion: Although the new “Original” Special K protein cereal is slightly higher in Impact carbs and slightly lower in protein on a per gram basis, these difference are not significant enough to stop using the new “Original” version of the Special K Protein cereal.
What about the new variations of the Special K protein cereal?
The “healthiest” sounding version is the new Special K Protein Honey Almond Ancient Grain cereal. Comparing this to the new “original” version (which is approved) you will find:
20 additional calories per serving (Due to 2 additional grams of fat)
Same Impact Carbs
The sweetest sounding version is the Special K Protein Cinnamon Brown Sugar Crunch. Comparing this to the new “original” version (which is approved) you will find:
15 additional calories per serving
More added sugar 12g versus 8 grams
Higher impact carbs
Note: they adjusted down the serving size down to 1 cup rather than the 1 1/3 cup of the other two versions. Even at the lower serving size, you have more added sugars than the original or ancient grains.
Of the three variations, we recommend the Special K Original Protein cereal and the Special K Honey Almond Ancient Grains while in weight loss mode. To maximize the Thermic Effect of Food and minimize fat storage, we recommend the following:
Cereal Serving Size: 3/4 to 1 Cup
Paired with 1 Cup or more of Lean Protein approved milks such as Kroger Carbmaster milk (Unsweetened and Vanilla) or Fair Life Fat Free Milk or 1 Cup only of Fatty Protein milks such as Soy Milk (unsweetened) or unsweetened protein nut milks (Good Karma or Silk).
To be honest, there are better fat burning breakfast options than cereal, but if you must have cereal here are two options you can keep in your repertoire for a weight loss lifestyle.
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