Outsmarting Hunger with The Protein Effect

Hey guys! Did everyone have a great weekend?

I had a complete blast, as expected.


I know I really never post on the weekends anymore, but this weekend I didn’t even touch my lap top. I was in Chicago visiting a couple besties, and didn’t even take my lap top. Luckily, my iPhone served as a camera, so I still managed to catch a few memories Winking smile


So. Remember that one time I posted about food drugs? I professed my addiction to ice cream, and many of you professed the same, but many others confessed to be addicted to another food group – cereal (yep, cereal, too, is its own food group.)

I can appreciate that. Remember when everyone became obsessed with peanut butter Cheerios and then (myself included) wined about finishing a box in 1.5 days? Yeah, me too. I can go through a box of cereal in New York minute.

What is a New York minute, anyway?

However, I’m proud to announce that this box of cereal has been sitting in my lazy Susan for at least a week.


A week! And there’s still some left! And Shane eats it, too.

It’s not because it’s not tasty – it’s delicious. It’s because when I have a bowl, I don’t feel the need to refill that bowl an incessant amount of times to be satisfied.

It’s because it’s got protein power! 10 grams of protein per serving, to be exact.

I recently teamed up with Special K, through my ambassadorship with Fitfluential, to try out their new The Protein Effect line:

Each product – bars, meal replacement shakes, and cereal is between 100-200 calories and boasts 10 grams of protein per serving.

The protein effect, combined with at least 3 grams of fiber per serving, is Special K’s way to outsmart hunger.

Special K: The Protein Effect Nutritional Stats:

Cereal stats:


Bar stats (Chocolatey Chocolate:)

Shake stats (strawberry banana:)

Throughout the week, I replaced either a bar or a shake with my usual morning or afternoon snack, and the cereal with my usual breakfast. While trying out the products I kept THREE in mind: first, did it quiet my hunger? secondly, what were the ingredients? and lastly, was it tasty? I decided I’d vlog my thought on those three factors:

How do you outsmart hunger – What’s the thought process behind your snacks?

I try to have some carbs and protein in the morning, and protein and fat in the evening. I also try to keep my snacks around 200-300ish calories.

*Fitfluential LLC compensated me for this Campaign. All opinions are my own;

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  1. the husband LOVES HIM SOME all that Special K stuff.
    cereal and shakes…

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  2. Woah – 10 g of protein in a small bowl of cereal? That could absolutely justify me buying some!
    Erica { EricaDHouse.com } recently posted..Out with the oldMy Profile

  3. I have always loved Special K so I love the idea of a Special K that will you fuller for longer. I may totally have to go hunt that down. :)
    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More recently posted..Hocus Pocus & Vitamin String QuartetMy Profile

  4. Totally off topic but I love Niko in that video! My puppy would have been jumping up trying to get those protein bars! Sounds like a great cereal and I love the added protein in it! One of my key tests with bars is whether or not they keep me full so it was great to hear your thoughts on them!
    Danielle (@CleanFoodCreativeFitness) recently posted..Marvelous in My MondayMy Profile

  5. I think I’ve been doingmuch better with less snacking in the morning now that I’m being better about getting protein in. Whether it be through eggs or part of a muscle milk, it helps!
    Amy @ Second City Randomness recently posted..ZOOMA Great Lakes Half Marathon: The Neverending HillMy Profile

  6. Pretty much all of my snacks and meals have a source of protein to help “outsmart my hunger”. It always helps me feel fuller longer!
    Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries recently posted..A “Me Time” WeekendMy Profile

  7. I really like the special k bars, i dont really eat their cereal b.c of all the sugar and cereal never fills me up, but I do really enjoy it. if I have it in my house I have to measure out my portions!
    Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots recently posted..Live Healthy ConnecticutMy Profile

  8. I discovered Special K protein plus a few months ago. I always eat it before long runs.
    Alysha @Shesontherun recently posted..Thursday ThingsMy Profile

  9. The protein definitely does help with tiding me over for longer! I am seriously focusing on getting it in at every meal and snack. I really miss my soy though (I’m allergic)…finding vegetarian sources of quick protein is not so easy sometimes.

    I’m so glad you had a great weekend Paige!
    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) recently posted..Friday FodderMy Profile

  10. My snacks definitely need protein to fill me up, but I also need some carbs, or else I wont feel satisfied!
    Carly @ Snack Therapy recently posted..Time to Get Down to Business: Losing Weight, For RealMy Profile

  11. Love having easy and convenient high protein snacks on hand.

    I tweeted! @WeCanBegin2Feed
    Elle recently posted..Apple Cinnamon Omelet – A Twist on a ClassicMy Profile

  12. The cereal was my favorite as well as I don’t like super sweet either but do like to have my hunger satisfied..
    KymberlyFunFit recently posted..Don’t Be a Pretender: Protein Satiates AppetiteMy Profile

  13. Way to unplug for the weekend, I’m jealous! I’ve been working all weekend & am so ready for a break! When I’m ravenous or “hangry” (hungry + angry) protein is the only thing that will help, usually in the form of eggs or nut butter…mmmmmm!
    Katie @ KatieEnPursuit recently posted..Things I Know Monday…My Profile

  14. I thought the cereal would be boring, which is how I remembered it from childhood, but I actually liked it. Not too sweet, not soggy. Perfect.
    AlexandraFunFit recently posted..Don’t Be a Pretender: Protein Satiates AppetiteMy Profile

  15. The first three ingredients are sugar…

  16. I’m going to look for the new Special K cereal today!


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