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Kellogg’s Special K2O Protein Water: Can Water Really Replace a Snack?

On a recent trip to the grocery store I received a coupon for a free bottle of Kellogg’s Special K2O Protein Water. I had never really considered trying this product before but because of the free coupon I decided to give it a whirl. Kellogg’s Special K2O is a flavored water-based beverage that contains five grams of protein, promising to keep you feeling full, warding off urges to snack, in an effort to lose weight.

Kellogg’s Special K2O Protein Water comes in three flavors: Tropical Blend, Strawberry Kiwi, and Lemon Twist. I chose to try the Tropical Blend flavor. Overall, the flavor of Tropical Blend Special K20 Protein Water was good. It had a light, sweet, fruity flavor and was certainly tastier than plain water. There was a slight aftertaste, likely due to the sucralose contained in the ingredients.

I chose to drink my Kellogg’s Special K2O Protein Water in place of my usual afternoon snack during a normal workday. I always get the urge to snack a few hours after lunch so instead of grabbing the usual piece of fruit or granola bar, I chose to try the Kellogg’s Special K2O Protein Water. The water did have an immediate filling effect. I felt satisfied after drinking it as if I had eaten a food snack. A few hours later, when it was my regular dinner time, I was no hungrier than I would have been if I had eaten my regular snack. So the claim of keeping you feeling full is a legitimate one from my experience.

I also like that Kellogg’s Special K2O gives you five grams of protein per serving. I am not a big meat eater and though I get protein from other sources such as nuts and beans, I always seem to be lacking in my daily requirement for protein. This is a very simple way for a carbohydrate addict such as me to consume more protein.

Thankfully, Kellogg’s Special has just the right amount of protein and carbohydrates, neither more nor less, which is exactly what my body wants and its not that I can sacrifice protein for my love for carbohydrates as I am aware of the significance of both for a body. Kellogg is a superfood powder of sorts that I enjoy having for breakfast everyday without fail and the protein water is an added bonus in the mixture.

I only see a few drawbacks to drinking Kellogg’s Special K2O Protein Water. First of all, it does contain the artificial sweetener sucralose. If you are trying to avoid artificial sweeteners, this drink won’t help you out any. Also, Kellogg’s Special K2O Protein Water does contain 50 calories, so be careful. This water is not calorie free like regular water. The final major drawback to Kellogg’s Special K2O Protein Water is the price. I was able to try my bottle for free but the regular retail price for one 16 ounce bottle ranges from $1.69-$1.99. That is a very steep price for one snack.

Though Kellogg’s Special K2O Protein Water does give some nutritional benefits and is pretty tasty, I don’t think I’ll be buying it again. For this budget-conscious mom, the benefits of Kellogg’s Special K20 Protein Water do not outweigh the negatives.