Special K Protein Cereals

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
  • Same Protein

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
  • Lower protein
  • 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.

Our Recommendations

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.


Carbmaster Milk Vs. Skim Milk for Weight Loss


 Carbmaster Milk Vs. Skim Milk for Weight Loss

You have decided to lose weight and are changing some of your eating habits.  You are eating healthier and keeping the cake and cookies to a minimum.  You switched from whole milk to skim milk because it has less fat and calories. What would you think if I told you that there is a better option?  One that will help you burn calories and keep you more satiated than skim milk.  Now I’ve got your attention, don’t I?  Here are 5 reasons why you should be drinking Carbmaster milk instead of skim milk for weight loss.

1. Carbmaster milk has less calories than skim milk.

This one is self-explanatory.  If you wish to lose weight, you will need to reduce your caloric intake.  Skim milk has about 86 calories per cup while Carbmaster milk has only 60.  If you are a person who drinks several glasses of a day, this is an easy way to trim some extra calories.  Also, Carbmaster milk works great in recipes so you could be trimming calories with any recipe that calls for milk.

2.  Carbmaster milk has less sugar than skim milk.

Surprise, Surprise!  Did you know that skim milk has a whopping 12 grams of sugar? You might be wondering if that is a lot of sugar, let me give you some comparisons.  A Charms Blow Pop has 13 grams of sugar.  Three Oreo cookies have 14 grams of sugar.  Eight fluid ounces of sweet tea at McDonalds has 9.5 grams of sugar!  (Yes, I said SWEET tea.)  Compare that to Carbmaster milk that only has 3 grams of sugar.  Sugar is what causes your insulin level to rise and what makes you crave more sugar.

3 Carbmaster milk has less sodium than skim milk.

Both milks are considered low sodium, but skim milk has 127 grams of sodium per cup while Carbmaster milk has only 95 grams.  Americans in general tend to eat way too much sodium so every little bit we can cut out of our diet is a good idea.  Also, too much sodium causes us to bloat and take on some extra water weight.  Keeping our sodium intake at a lower level will help shed some of those extra pounds.

4 Carbmaster milk has more protein than skim milk.

Carbmaster milk has 11 grams of protein per cup and skim milk has only 8.  Protein is what helps us feel satiated.  Nobody wants to eat in a way that leaves them feeling hungry all day long.  A diet that leaves you hungry all the time is sure to lead to binge eating and then eventually just giving up eating healthy.

5 Carbmaster milk has more calcium than skim milk.

You read that right, Carbmaster milk does have more calcium per cup than skim milk!  Carbmaster milk has 400 mg of calcium while skim milk only has 300 mg.  If your major source of calcium is milk, you are better off drinking Carbmaster milk.

Hopefully you are now ready to consider switching to Carbmaster milk if you are trying to lose weight. Carbmaster milk is also lactose free if that is an issue for you.  Carbmaster milk is a Kroger brand and you will only find it at Kroger. It is a bit more expensive than regular skim milk but it doesn’t expire as quickly as skim milk and it has so many benefits that it is worth the extra money.