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MISSRUTH Posts: 3,730
3/11/13 4:11 P

I'm sorry if my post wasn't clear. I didn't switch to a different "protein" type cereal, I switched to a high fiber one, and get protein from other sources. At breakfast my protein comes mostly from milk in my coffee, and yogurt. If you put milk on your cereal, one cup has 8 grams of protein.

As a guideline, you can break your protein down into 10 grams for breakfast, 20 each at lunch and dinner, and 10 for a snack-- total of 60 grams a day. I can get the 10 from my milk and yogurt at breakfast, and lunch and dinner are no problem to get 20 since I like meat. The snacks-- I eat nuts or homemade trail mix. I also like peanut butter. I'm not a fan of string cheese, but lots of people like it.

Edited to add: Here's a Spark article on choosing a cereal:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=427


Edited by: MISSRUTH at: 3/11/2013 (16:14)
CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (54,688)
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3/11/13 3:30 P

I eat shredded wheat - just the plain spoon sized.

I also like the plain Special K, but find it does have a lot of sticking power

KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (73,428)
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3/11/13 2:41 P

I used to eat Special K practically everyday but stopped because I'm trying to not consume processed food. As long as you're getting in enough protein and fat, I don't see a problem with having Special K for breakfast. I'd prefer to have something that will keep me full until lunch, and cereal doesn't fill me up at all.

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
3/11/13 1:04 P

@WHISKERS17013: You may do better eating unprocessed foods free from so many chemicals and additives. Have you ever looked at the ingredients list on most of those types of packages? I can't pronounce many of them much less know what they are. I found that when I moved away from those prepackaged health and diet foods, I felt better and definitely had few cravings. Just something to think about.

ROXIELU0422 Posts: 317
3/11/13 12:13 P

I like Special K but I don't eat it for breakfast only. I add some sort of protein with it. LIke ham or eggs. If eat it alone I'm starving an hour later.

RENATARUNS SparkPoints: (3,920)
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3/11/13 12:11 P

My only problem with cereals like Special K and most of the other well-known options are that there is so little to them besides thoroughly-processed carbohydrates that I am absolutely falling down with hunger after an hour or two. Like, not just hungry, actually feeling bad. I like to keep my breakfasts relatively simple and easy to digest (despite my recent fondness for salads), but Special K goes too far in that direction for me. Oatmeal does the exact same thing to me, as an aside. I'm always bemused when people suggest it as a filling breakfast. Not for me!

There are cereals I like and do well with, though.

Edit: Regarding high-protein cereals, you could check out the brand called Nature's Plan, which has some. I know some people have issues regarding soy, that's my only worry about recommending it. They use soy flour as a protein booster. The ingredient list is overall refreshingly easy to read, though.

Edited by: RENATARUNS at: 3/11/2013 (12:14)
KFWOHLFORD SparkPoints: (2,949)
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3/11/13 11:56 A

I don't know, I think oatmeal is better for you. Less processed, and you can sweeten it with fruits.

LEOPARDSPOTS1 SparkPoints: (608)
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3/11/13 11:00 A

Hi MISSRUTH, just curious, what other healthier options do you know of? I am open to trying healthier options I am not a picky eater. What cereal did you switch to for more protein?

MISSRUTH Posts: 3,730
3/11/13 10:27 A

I don't really have an opinion on Special K. There are probably better choices but if you didn't like those, it wouldn't help. And there's definitely worse choices. I used to eat the "more protein" Special K, but then I figured out I needed more fiber than the protein so I switched to another cereal.

What my opinion is on though, is cereal itself. I like cold cereal for breakfast-- it's what I've eaten for years and years. I can easily pack up my breakfast and carry it to work to eat if I'm running late. (It helps that I eat my cereal dry.) I pair it with low fat yogurt and some partially-defrosted frozen fruit and am good til lunch.

So I think it depends on you, and what you like, and whether it fits into your plan for the day.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 13,740
3/11/13 10:20 A

It is not a bad option. I like Special K cereal from time to time.

It can be good if it helps you stay in your ranges and keeps you satisfied.

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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3/11/13 10:13 A

I used to like Special K plus protein, but they messed with it and I hated the taste. I don't buy it any more.

JENSTRESS Posts: 2,221
3/11/13 10:09 A

I don't really have an opinion. I used to love special K. Then I started noticing that if I ate cereal, I was hungry within the next hour or so, but eating something else kept be satisfied until lunch. (or at least for a reasonable amount of time.)

It isn't terrible for you by any means. The processed foods, however, aren't great for you. The are easy, but contain chemicals you don't need. Especially the red berries. There is a lot of added sugar and artificial sweetners in there. That being said, if it doesn't cause you downfall, and helps you stay in range, it is your call.

I used to eat cereal. I realized I wasn't eating enough whole foods, like fruits and veggies after I went through my diet. (I wasn't ON a diet, I'm talking about the foods I eat). I eat fruits and or veggies for breakfast usually now.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,079
3/11/13 9:19 A

Personally I don't like any cereals. I will eat my homemade granola since I can control what I put in it. Before i changed my diet, I ate it all the time. Now I can barely stand the smell.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,329
3/10/13 10:42 P

It's beneficial if it helps you stick to your calorie/fat/protein/carb ranges, AND you enjoy it, AND it keeps you satisfied.

I personally have completely given up "cold cereal" of any sort, because
a) it's like a "trigger food" for me - I am a pro at having too much milk left, so adding more cereal, and oh my gosh now too much cereal, add more milk, and so on and so on... ohhh can i eat cereal, and just am never satisfied with one or even two "serving sizes."
b) it doesn't keep me full! cold cereal for breakfast = out-of-control hunger by lunch.

BUT that is "my experience" and of course we are all individuals. It's healthy enough in proper portions... the key is - do you like it, does it satisfy? If so, enjoy. If not, find something else.

WHISKERS17013 Posts: 561
3/10/13 10:23 P

LOVE my special K! I usually eat the red berries, but right now am enjoying the decadence of the Chocolate strawberry. YUM!!!

Also, special K has the entire line of snacks now that are diet-friendly! The 90 calorie packs of cracker chips are Ah-MAZING!!! They have become a staple in my house!

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,411)
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3/10/13 8:06 P

It's just a cereal. As far as cereals go, it tends to have fewer ingredients than others, but it's really just one of many.

No individual food is beneficial for weight loss; all foods have pluses and negatives, some are healthier than others. As long as you're tracking it, Special K has plenty of vitamins and minerals and can be a part of a healthy diet.

It's certainly better than Froot Loops!

LEOPARDSPOTS1 SparkPoints: (608)
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3/10/13 8:01 P

What is everyones opinion on special k? I usually eat the red berries kind or the fruit and yogurt kind. I will eat it for breakfast or a snack sometimes. Is this cereal a beneficial part of a weight loss plan?

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