Snack Break- The Protein Effect

 

I feel I’ve overloaded you all already with a million pictures of myself and way too much talk about this past weekend at the Runner’s World Half Marathon and Festival. My 5K and 10K race recap is here in case you missed it. I still have the half marathon to recap, but thought I’d take a break to talk food.

Yes?

Yes.

Oh and I figured you’ve been missing Kitty lately too.

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Ha ha. Look, he’s sitting on someone’s face this morning.

 

Yesterday’s workout:

Taught a spin class after showing up at the gym looking like this.

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Yeah, definitely out to impress.

Ran a few miles on the treadmill after my spin class while catching up with Kelly and Michael and The View ladies.

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The boys suckered me into a Starbucks stop on the way home since it had been awhile.

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Don’t mind me, just trying to get a picture with my Americano and my Mizuno Inspire shoe.

 

Okay, let’s talk protein snacks.

Special K has a new campaign The Protein Effect aimed to outsmart hunger. It’s based on the combination of protein and fiber to help satisfy and keep you fuller longer.

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Personally, I’m a volume eater (obviously), but if I don’t add any protein into my snacks or meals I find that I’m hungry very shortly after. It can be frustrating, so I try to always make sure I incorporate a good amount of protein into whatever it is I’m eating. Sometimes it’s harder than others though. You can only eat so much protein from egg white jugs in a day. Ha.

 

Always at the top of the list in articles talking about staying full longer is the advice to incorporate high protein, high fiber foods. The Protein Effect does just that by focusing on the winning combination of protein and fiber.

Basically, high protein foods slow the movement of food from your stomach to your intestine which in turn keeps you feeling fuller longer. Fiber from whole grains contributes to a feeling of fullness.

 

I recently got this fun variety pack from Special K with a sample of some of their protein products.

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Obviously I had to dig in to the samples right away.

I’m usually not a cereal gal because I’ve been known to eat an entire box on my own, but the stats with this Protein Plus cereal were pretty impressive.

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It was pretty tasty and I feel like it had just the right amount of sweetness.

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I might have to try it as a creamy dreamy ice cream topping.

You know what I already used as low calorie ice cream topping though?

Yep, one of these bars.

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I was going for the whole “candy bar tasting topping”, but loved that it added a little fiber and protein.

I went with the chocolatey chip protein meal bar.

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And, um, yes, it was definitely one of my better ideas.

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You better believe it will be happening again soon. I will take a 170 calorie bar with 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber as an ice cream topping any day over some candy. (You can see the actual nutritional information here.) It actually tasted very similar to a candy bar.

I also got into one of the protein drinks to use as a little creamer with my chai tea the other night.

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That was a pretty good idea too.

I don’t know why I can never just sample things on their own. I have some problems I guess.

 

Speaking of problems, it’s time to figure out what squash I’m going to roast today. Hmmmmm…….

Smile

Have a great day friends!

 

Questions for you:

Do you have any tips or tricks to outsmart hunger?

Are you a cereal eater?

 

*FitFluential LLC compensated me for this campaign. All opinions (and random ways to sample the products) are my own.

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Comments

  1. 1

    Fat. For the hunger. :) Mmmm. Fat.

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    I have to know – what is the most awkward way someone has caught you trying to take a picture? I know we all try to be sly about it, but there is nothing sly about putting your foot on the counter next to your coffee… hahaha. Oh yes – and protein is great for keeping the hunger pains away… I like different kinds of protein bars because they are quick and easy. and don’t involved dishes.

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    Anna W. says:

    I agree, FAT!! The best hunger-killer, for sure. Mmmmm…..nut butter……coconut butter…..

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    francine morey says:

    To get the most out of a mini-meal or snack, or even a meal for that matter, a combination of protein, carbs and some fat should all be involved if you want to stay satiated longer. That combo also keeps the energy level up and at a steady level.

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    I am definitely a cereal eater! But, if I don’t add a banana or something to it, I will end up eating the entire box. I think cereal is a good snack though and try to find ones with 5g of sugar or less!

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    I’m just like you when it comes to cereal. I tend to open a box and eat the whole thing in a day or two! I try not to keep it in the house.

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    Melissa says:

    I was wondering about that cereal–I’ll have to keep it in mind! I love cereal, but I don’t buy it very often because I can’t eat just one bowl. Yeah. ;)

    My anti-hunger trick is buckets of water. I chug it all day long and it keeps the hunger at bay! But protein at every meal helps, too!

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    1st things 1st, LOVE that blue jacket, is it LuLu?? As for hunger, protein like eggs or nut butters when I’m ravenous seem to do the trick. I’m a monster with cereal, I would eat that whole box. Danger Zone :)

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    Lovin’ the cute jacket :)

    Uhm I can’t believe how creative you were with all your new uses of the products, I wish I had thought of using the bar as a dessert topping or the protein shake as a coffee sweetener!!

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    Jessica Jones says:

    I love cereal but had to cut it out:p I always ended up eating the whole box lol

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    Julia says:

    I am a cereal junkie. I was so excited when I saw this cereal at the store, but then they changed the product! They released the version you have here and marketed it as “now tastes even better” (aka added sugar!). I wish they had kept the old recipe, now it’s just like all their other cereals but with extra protein.

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    I agree about incorporating protein in every meal. It’s definitely can get repetitive!

    10g is good for cereal, too. Just curious: what exactly is the protein source in it? Kind of just looks like flakes!

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    Jamie in Arkansas says:

    The nutritional stats may be good, but it’s the ingredients I take issue with…

    “Ingredients: Whole grain wheat, wheat gluten, sugar, rice, soy protein isolate, wheat bran, defatted soy grits, contains 2% or less of salt, cinnamon, malt flavor, sucralose, BHT for freshness.”

    Not a big fan of sugar being the third ingredient, and definitely don’t do soy, and then an artificial sweetener added too! I guess after I read Wheat Belly and started doing Paleo, I just can’t do processed stuff at all. Too bad…

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      STUFT Mama says:

      Good point about the sugar being the third ingredient. I didn’t even look at that. Wheat Belly- did you like the book? My tummy definitely does not like processed foods, including cereal, but sometimes I cave. :)

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    Gina says:

    Oatmeal with chia seeds is my go-to breakfast and keeps me full for the entire morning. Add a teaspoon of peanut butter and I am not hungry until lunch! Greet yogurt and bananas serve as a good snack or breakfast, sweetened with agave and some sugar free preserves. I like coconut water as an afternoon snack because it has that natural sweetness I crave and is good for you. ( I only drink C2O coconut water.) I have a sweet tooth as you can see!

    I can’t have cereal in the house, I double or triple the serving size. :(

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    elizabeth says:

    stopped eating cereal years ago-i would always end up hungry within 30 minutes of eating it. i love that you create your own foods with other things-seriously! it’s giving me tons of ideas.

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