by Heather on October 20, 2012

I remember when I was in college my roommates and I would head to the store and stock up on the essentials: toilet paper, chicken Ramen, coffee and Special K cereal.  I don’t know what it was, but Special K ended up being the only cereal we ever bought.  I like to think because it was semi-healthy without being grainy and gritty, but honestly it was probably because it was the one thing we could all agree on.  That and chicken Ramen.

One of my favorite advertisements on TV right now is Special K’s campaign that says, “What will you gain when you lose?”   Not because I feel like everyone needs to lose weight or that losing weight should even be a focus.  But I love that they encourage us to think – not about the losing, but about the gain.  The confidence, the life, the energy, the sass.


I say this not because this product review is even about this specific campaign, but to state that when I had the chance to sign up for this product review I jumped at it because I felt (feel) like Special K is a company that makes fantastic products and is a company that is FOR the whole person.  I know that there are a lot of thoughts out there about protein bars/shakes/cereals/products in general, but the way I see it is that everything really can be part of a healthy diet.

#theproteineffect is an invitation to introduce Special K’s protein-packed meal bars, cereals, and shakes into your diet as a way to outsmart hunger.  I can honestly say that one of the biggest challenges these days is working through and around Wes’s naptime schedule.  Some days I have plenty of time to work, work out, and make/eat a sensible and healthy lunch.


Other days I eat lunch laying on the floor while Wes rolls around and gets into a million things at a time.  Or there are days where I make a meal that, quite honestly, tastes gross and I just need to eat something on the fly.  Regardless of the circumstances, I’ve found out many times over the past 2 weeks that having a delicious protein-filled snack has helped stave off my desire to just chow down on a bag of chips.

I ate the cereal for breakfasts, ate the bars for a couple lunches, and drank the smoothies after long sweaty workouts.  I definitely noticed that my beastly hunger would die down and stay at bay a lot better on the days that I ate the bars/cereal/shakes as snacks than the days that I didn’t.  And while I can’t say that I’ll sub meals with protein products all the time, I really appreciate the ease and portability of the bars and shakes on the days that I need them!  Delicious and easy – win/win.


So – how do YOU outsmart hunger?  I’m always open to tips and tricks!

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

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