The Special K Challenge (SKC) has been making meal planning insanely easy. Two out of three meals a day consist of a bowl of cereal! I have also been following the plan’s recommendation of munching on two different Special K snack items (one mid-morning and one mid-afternoon), and adding a serving of fruit with my meals.
With eight flavors of cereal, fifteen snack options, and eight additional meal-supplement products there is a lot of variety to keep you from getting bored.
Read on for my picks of the week and also for a tasty SKC recipe too!
As a major carboholic, this has been like a dream come true for me! I generally keep cereal out of my house since it is a major trigger food for me. I am in love with the Cinnamon Pecan and Vanilla Almond Flavors and could eat them for six meals a day! The key here is portion control. 3/4 to 1 cup of cereal plus 2/3 cup of soy milk is pretty tight!
I also tend to avoid processed food and dairy, for the benefit of my health. This has been like having two treats every day! I love the Fruit Crisp and Chocolatey Pretzel Bars, and Whole Grain Crackers. They are small, but filling, and I have yet to be hungry after I eat, which is a major reality check on how little food fills you up.
The Challenge also allows you to drink whatever you want. I stick to water and tea, since soda, alcohol, and other beverages are just loaded with unneccessary sugar and calories that set-back the scale. I think that the people at the SKC website could be a little more helpful in marketing some of these nutrition tips to anyone trying to lose weight, and am not sure why they don’t.
You can replace any one of your three meals with a normal serving of anything you usually eat. That’s right, anything you normally eat! There is nothing that says “no burgers” or “no pizza”, but why wouldn’t you stick to fresh foods and proper portions? The SKC website offers customized meal plans and a ton of quick, healthy recipes to help you out.
Check out this idea from the “Quick and Easy Recipes You’ll Love” section of specialK.com:
Skillet Shrimp With Feta and Tomatoes
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
- 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 3 ounces frozen, peeled and devined, medium shrimp, thawed
- 1 tablespoon sliced green onions
- 1 tablespoon crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese
1. In small nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray cook garlic over medium-high heat about 30 seconds or until fragrant. Stir in tomatoes, oregano, salt and pepper. Cook and stir about 2 minutes or until tomatoes are soft.
2. Add shrimp and onions. Cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes or until shrimp turn opaque. Sprinkle with cheese.
The chefs at Special K suggest serving this with a side dish such as one cup of linguine with parsley or some steamed broccoli with olive oil and garlic. That makes this a tasty and nutritious meal.
What I Learned This Week:
Cereal can be a diet food!
You really don’t need a whole lot of food to feel full and have energy.
Portion control is universal to all diets (so far!).
My Goals for Week Two of The Special K Challenge:
Lose at least two pounds.
Hit the gym five times this week.
Have you tried the Special K Challenge yet? I’d love to know how you did!
Photo Credit: istockphoto.com, specialk.com
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