This week we were going to review Garden of Life RAW Meal, but the product didn’t arrive on time. Instead of just sitting around twiddling our thumbs, someone mentioned that they had seen that Special K, had released a new weight loss shake. We ran to the store and stopped when we saw the product. Special K is marketing the product as a protein shake, not meal replacement. Given that we just spent the time to define the difference, we were going to pass the buck.
Until we looked at the label and saw that it only had 10 grams of protein per serving. Really? We bought strawberry and dark chocolate and here we are to give the rundown.
We ended up spending $16 for eight bottles so the shake is a getting a solid 9 with a $2 per shake price tag. There is a convenience factor here that means you can get the shake at the store. It’s immediately negated by the fact that it only comes in four serving canisters…so there’s the awkward event of filling your cart full of weight loss shakes each month. It’s a bit much for some of us.
Given that they are calling this a protein shake, you shouldn’t expect this to contain a lot of hunger blocking. We certainly weren’t. The shake contains 5 grams of dietary fiber, but that’s pretty much the only hunger blocking it contains. How much does a glass of chocolate milk fill you up? Well, that’s about the same you should expect from the Special K shakes. The 1o grams of protein didn’t do much either. It tasted like a treat and our stomachs demanded more shortly thereafter.
For a protein shake, 10 grams of protein is ridiculously low. For a meal replacement it’s about average. They also have about 35% of your daily vitamins and minerals per serving which is perfect for replacing one of your three meals. However, 29 grams of carbs, 18 grams of sugar and 190 calories are just too high for us to rate them higher and are bad for weight loss…the goal of meal replacement shakes.
These shakes had an interesting smell to them. Not bad, necessarily, just there. Some of us aren’t really fans of dark chocolate and this shake wasn’t going to convince us otherwise. The dark chocolate got a “M’eh, it’s not bad.” from the dark chocolate eaters and a “Yeah, I didn’t think I would like it,” from the rest. The strawberry was pretty good, but nothing special. It had the ‘I’m a protein shake’ vitamin taste to it. Still, overall these Special K Protein Shakes for weight loss tasted lots better than most others we’ve tried. You’d expect them too, though, with 18 grams of sugar…
So there you have it. If you were thinking of using these shakes as meal replacements, they can do a decent job at it. Not a terrific job, no, but decent. Think of your goal and why you’re even considering drinking a meal replacement shake. Isn’t your goal to lose weight? This shake is more of a treat than a weight loss shake. It’s funny that they market it as a ‘protein shake,’ too, trying to capitalize on public ignorance regarding protein shakes and weight loss. We’re pretty sure other protein shakes out there would kick sand in it’s face at the beach.