How a Type 2 Diabetic can eat good food and lose weight without being deprived.
Being a diabetic, it is necessary to watch my diet. Being a carbohydrate junkie is probably much of the reason why I became a Type 2 Diabetic in the first place. Finding a breakfast that is satisfying, quick, and nutritious was a whole other thing. It is easy to pop a frozen waffle in the toaster, nosh on a bagel, or hit the Dunkin’ Donuts for a two donuts and coffee special. None of the above gives the diabetic much of a healthy choice.
When my sister started the Special K Challenge about a year ago, I tried the regular flavor of Special K which is very tasty, and fortunately the people at Kellogg’s know how to keep dieters happy; by making lots of flavors that will appeal to different palates. Then I tried Kellogg’s Special K Protein Plus and it solved at least one of my problems. It not only gave a carbohydrate lover in my the crunchiness I can get from my addiction to pretzels or potato chips, but 10 grams of protein that will stay with me long after a simple carbohydrate breakfast like; bagels, waffles, or donuts will leave me hungry for more things that a yo-yo dieter can crave.
The serving size of Kellogg’s Special K Protein Plus is ¾ of a cup with ½ cup of fat free milk. The package of 13.5 ounces contains about 13 servings of about one ounce each.
The caloric information is for both cereal and cereal with the milk as follows;
Calories from Fat 30/30
Total Fat 3g (0.5 Saturated Fat and 0 Trans Fat)
Total Carbohydrate 14g (Dietary Fiber 5g, Sugars 2g, Other Carbohydrate 7g)
The ingredients are: Wheat Bran, Soy Grits, Rice, Wheat Gluten, Soybean Oil, Whole Grain Wheat, Soy Protein Isolate, Sugar, Salt, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Malt Flavor, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Sucralose, Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Reduced Iron, Niacinamide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Thiamin Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1), Vitamin A Palmitate, Folic Acid, and Vitamin B12.
One serving of the cereal is equal to one exchange of carbohydrate as per the American Dietetic Association and the American Diabetes Association.
The Special K Challenge is a good way to lose a few pounds and have tasty choices along the way. By replacing two meals a day with either a cereal with milk and fruit plus another meal with another Special K cereal, Special K Protein Shake or Special K Protein Meal Bar can truly be a way for someone like me who could live on junk food enjoy food again. For the third meal, eat a regular sensible meal. For two snacks a day there are Special K Protein Snack Bars, Special K2O Protein Water Mixes, Special K Cereal Bars, Special K Crackers or Special K Fruit Crisps.