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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Review of Cascadian Farms Organic Cinnamon Raisin Granola Cereal

Cascadian Farms Organic
Cinnamon Raisin Granola

I am writing this review on Cascadian Farms Organic Cinnamon Raisin Granola cereal. It is a USDA certified organic product, which is packaged in a 1 lb 1 oz. box. One box of this product costs roughly $3.30 - $4.20 at a retail supermarket. The cereal contains the following ingredients: whole grain oats, sugar, rice raisins, honey, sunflower oil, sea salt, molasses, baking soda, cinnamon, malted barley extract, and vanilla extract. One 2/3 cup serving is 210 calories, with 3g of fat, 0g cholesterol, 42g of carbohydrate, and 5g of protein.

Cascadian Farms appears to be a socially responsible company, which partners with family farms, and does what it can to help the environment. Not only does the company make sure that its products are grown without genetically engineered ingredients and fertilizers, it packages the cereal in 100% recycled paperboard. You can look at the cereal and see most of the raw ingredients and that it has been through minimal processing.

In my opinion, this cereal is the best tasting of its kind. Based on prior experience with packaged health food products, I didn’t expect for such a healthy, natural cereal to be so delicious. It tastes so good that I found myself going back for a second serving. Even my seven-year-old nephew, who is a junk food junkie, loves it.  This cereal is a little bit on the sweet side, though.  If you're not into to sweet tasting cereals, then this product might be a deal breaker.

For most of my life, I have been eating Kellogg’s, General Mills and Post branded cold cereals, most of which are sugar-packed junk. The major food manufacturers try and trick us into the notion that it is ok to eat their cereals, because they contain vitamins. For the most part, many of us have rationalized eating crap cereals, such as Fruit Loops and Pops.

In reality, you’re consuming a bunch of artificial flavorings, colorings, and preservatives along with a dose of synthetic vitamins. I can’t even pronounce some of the chemicals that are listed in the ingredients labels of these types of cereals. Only God knows what the long term effects are of those chemicals in our bodies.

The closest that I have ever gotten to healthy cold cereals is Post Grape nuts and Kellogg’s Raisin Bran. Grape Nuts are too hard and too crunchy and they don’t taste very good. Raisin Bran tastes alright, but I don’t like it that they become mushy after sitting in milk. I also, eat Quaker Oats when I am in the mood for a hot breakfast.

The only negative comment that I have about this cereal is in regards to the cost. If you buy a box of Cascadian Farms cereal at the supermarket, you are looking at a price of about $4.00 per box. Cereals in general are quite expensive, but I feel like I am getting a little bit less for my money, due to the small size of the box. The other side of this is that organic products are usually more pricey, anyway. I understand that it is very expensive for farmers and manufacturers to produce organic foods. They have to price their products in such a way to cover their costs and make a profit. So, if buying organic products is a must for you, then paying more money for “less”, needs to be factored into your buying decision.

Now that we are moving into a new year, I am making an effort to wean myself off of foods that I know are not good for me. One of my relatives is going through some serious health issues and this has had a great impact on me. I see how she is pretty much at the mercy of the healthcare system. Some days is a struggle and she feels pain at times. I don’t want this to happen to me. So, I am trying to embrace a more healthful lifestyle while I can. I think that this cereal will help me to achieve my objective. Cascadian Farms Cinnamon Raisin Granola cereal gets the thumbs up from me.


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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Review of Kashi TLC Chewy Granola Bars- Honey Almond Flax

Kashi TLC Chewy Granola Bars
Honey Almond Flax

Disclosure:  I was not paid or compensated in any way to write this review. I am not affiliated with the company that manufactures and distributes this product. I paid for the product with my own funds. This review reflects my own honest experience with and opinion of the product as a consumer.

This product review is for Kashi TLC Chewy Granola bars. One box costs around $4.00 and contains 6, 1.2 oz. bars. This is the first time that I can remember ever trying any Kashi product. It was actually purchased on a whim: I was walking down the snack food aisle at Winn-Dixie and it stood out, because it was on sale. Another reason that I decided to buy it is that I knew that I had a taste for a healthy snack.

Honestly, I am not very pleased with the taste of Kashi TLC Chewy Granola bars. This bar is not nasty tasting, but it doesn’t taste that good either. It is not as chewy as other similar brands, it has sort of a dry feel to it. The texture of Kashi TLC bars is somewhere in between a very chewy granola bar and a dry, coarse, Nature Valley granola bar. I expected for it to be a little bit sweeter than it is.

Kashi TLC Chewy Granola Bar

In all fairness, Honey Almond Flax is the only flavor of Kashi TLC Chewy Granola bars that I tried so far.  Also, there is a wide range of flavors and different varieties in the Kashi TLC brand of products. The other flavors available in Chewy Granola are Cherry Dark Chocolate, Dark Mocha Almond, Peanut Peanut Butter, and Trail Mix. There are cereal bars, cookies, crackers, crunchy granola bars, layered granola bars, and pita chips in the TLC line, as well.

Maybe I am a little bit biased by my experience with and preference for richly flavored snacks. For, example I really like the taste of Quaker chewy granola bars. The downside of Quaker chewy granola bars is that they are not natural and they contain some artificial sweeteners and preservatives. But, I guess that if you want a product that is natural and healthy, sometimes you should be willing to compromise somewhat on taste. The transition from junk foods to healthy snacks is going to take my taste buds awhile to get used to.

Don’t expect for this product to be filling, either. There are just enough calories in each bar to quell hunger for maybe an hour or so. You can easily eat two or three of the Kashi TLC bars and still not feel full. They are really just a light snack.

One positive aspect of Kashi TLC Chewy Granola bars is that they are made from high quality ingredients and are healthier than other bars. Each bar contains only 140 calories, 4g of fiber, and 5g of fat. There is no high fructose corn syrup in the product. They are naturally sweetened with wildflower honey. Very little of the ingredients in the bar are processed. You know what you’re eating, because you can see the nuts, seeds, and grains in the bars.

Here's a list of the "tasty" ingredients:

Rolled grain blend (hard red wheat, oats, rye, triticale, barley), roasted salted whole almonds, brown rice syrup, soy protein isolate, soy grits, evaporated cane juice crystals, chicory root fiber, whole flax seeds, evaporated cane juice syrup, rice starch, corn flour, honey, expeller pressed canola oil, vegetable glycerin, oat fiber, natural flavors, evaporated salt, Kashi seven whole grains & sesame flour (whole: oats, hard red wheat, rye, brown rice, ticticale, barley, buckwheat, sesame seeds), molasses, soy lecithin, peanut flour, whey protein isolate

So in closing, I would recommend Kashi TLC Chewy Granola bars, if you are looking for a natural, light, low calorie, low fat snack. In spite of the taste, I would be willing to try other Kashi products, because of their health benefits and high quality. If you aren’t worried about health or nutrition and are more concerned about taste, then I would try a different product. Again, I can’t say that this one tastes very good.

You can print a coupon for $1.50 off two boxes of Kashi TLC at the time of this blog post. For more general information about the product, you can visit
http://www.kashi.com/product_family/tlc_snacks or call 877-7GRAINS.

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Review of Biore pore unclogging scrub

Biore pore unclogging scrub is an exfoliating scrub cleanser made by Kao brands, Inc. It is oil-free and contains fine granules or beads to gently scrub the dirt and excess oils from the skin. The product has a pasty, thick consistency. Not much of this product is required, just a squirt about the size of a coin in the palm of your hand to clean the skin. It is a pale green color and the first thing that comes to mind when I use it is "cucumbers."   Biore pore unclogging scrub is cool and refreshing. You can feel the menthol tingling, when you lather it up and put it on your face. It has a very light and fresh scent, which lingers until you put something else on your face.

Biore pore unclogging scrub comes in a compact, flexible, plastic container. It is available in a 5 oz. size. There is an easy flip cap on it, which fastens securely. The container is small enough to carry with you on the go, in a purse or duffle bag. The container is transparent as well, so that you can get a glimpse of what the scrub formulation looks like before you buy it. The product is fairly cheap, at about $7.00 - $8.00 per bottle from most retailers. Once in a while, coupons are available for this product at the company website or in the Sunday paper inserts.

I started using this product about 3 years ago, after a bout with moderate adult acne. I didn’t have money to run to a dermatologist for a prescription drug. So, I hit the retail stores for an over-the-counter product to help me. I experimented with many over-the- counter acne products. Finding the right product for me was largely trial and error. Then, Eureka! I found Biore pore unclogging scrub.

Although, the product can’t be expected to cure acne, it was very effective at clearing up and preventing my acne breakouts. I am in my thirties, and don’t have a severe acne problem. I didn’t use Biore pore unclogging scrub in conjunction with any other acne treatments, either. After using it a few days I saw a noticeable difference it acne breakouts. That’s how I found this product and I still use it.

Biore pore unclogging scrub contains 2% salicylic acid, which is the active ingredient to help fight acne. I like that, although it contains salicylic acid, it is not harsh on my skin. I am used to other salicylic acid containing products causing my skin to be sensitive to sunlight. With other products, my skin becomes darker around my mouth and leaves the skin cracked, with some dry patches. Also, other similar products tend to leave my skin irritated and might burn during use. There is nothing more embarrassing than having dry, cracked, skin along with acne pimples. I never have this problem with Biore pore unclogging scrub.

Biore pore unclogging scrub contains the following ingredients: water, sodium cocoyl isethionate, glycerin, synthetic wax, glycol distearate, PEG-6 caprylic/capric glycerides, ethoxydiglycol, cetyl alcohol, PEG-12 dimethicone, sodium lauroyl lactylate, menthol, benzophenone-4, propylene glycol, xanthan gum, acrylates/ C10-30 alkyl alkyl acrylate cross polymer, diazolidinyl urea, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, sodium hydroxide, fragrance, blue 1 lake, yellow 5 lake, yellow 5, blue 1

The product is safe and gentle enough for everyday use. I use it 2-3 times per week, in the evenings, just before I am ready for bed. I caution that some users may have a reaction to using this product because it contains some ingredients which are known irritants to some people. I recommend that anyone that uses a product containing salicylic acid, also use a good sunscreen (which people should be using regardless). However, I would still recommend Biore pore unclogging scrub for anyone who had mild acne or occasional acne breakouts. This product might not help people with moderate to heavy acne breakouts. In this case, I suggest visiting a dermatologist for treatment.

If you want more information about Biore pore unclogging scrub, you can call 1-888-BIORE-11 or visit the company's website at  www.biore.com.

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Out of The Box Ways to Make Money When You Don’t Have A Job


Disclosure:  This blog post contains affiliate links.  If you decide to clink on the links and purchase a product, I may receive a commission.  I only promote products that I believe in, and honesty is very important.  

Recently, the Bureau of and Labor Statistics released the latest unemployment figures. As of November 2011, the general unemployment rate is 8.6% for the U.S.  The figure improved slightly but it is still high, which means that millions of Americans are still out of work. For these folks there is no economic recovery, but rather an ongoing Great Recession. Unemployment benefits aren’t enough to support a family and pay bills. Yet, certain members of Congress are reluctant to extend unemployment compensation. If you want to work and still can’t find work, then I am going to suggest some out of the box ways to hustle and create a job or extra income for yourself. Don’t sit around and feel sorry for yourself or become depressed. Don’t wait for the government to bail you out, like it did for the big banks.  

1.  Explore your skills, talents, or hobbies. 
God has given each of us unique talents and abilities. Finding out what your talents are requires a degree of creative thinking and personal assessment. Use your talents to help others and make money. For example, if you are good at math, offer tutoring services to local students who need help in this area. If you excel at sewing and designing clothing, offer services as a seamstress or tailor. Perhaps, you are good at doing hair. If that is the case, then charge people for doing their hair. I am aware of some people that make a decent supplemental income by braiding hair in their spare time.

2.  Sell stuff that you don’t want or need on the Internet.
Ebay.com, Amazon.com, and Craigslist.org are the most popular websites that allow private people to sell used or new merchandise online. You can sell just one item or many, it does not matter. Ebay.com allows you to sell stuff in auction listings or at a fixed price. There are usually listing fees and final value fees charged after the item sells. Amazon.com allows you to sell almost anything at a fixed price. Amazon.com charges a listing fee and a percentage of the sale price for the item sold. Craigslist.org is a website that functions like an online classified ad. It is free to use, but exercise good judgment when it comes to dealing with strangers. There are some sick puppies in this world. By the way, Craigslist has an employment section, as well.

3.  Sell goodies or home cooked meals from your home. 
This takes me way back to when I was a child. My friends and I would walk to “store houses” in “the hood”, where people sell candy, chips, pickled eggs, hot sausages, soda, and other junk from their home. Elderly people and mothers are known to operate these types of enterprises. A business license may or may not be required for this type of operation. Did you know that Paula Dean started her empire with just $200, by selling sandwiches and cooked meals from her home?

4.  Clean homes or wash windows.
Print up some flyers and business cards and leave them in places where people would be interested. You can order some good quality business cards for pretty cheap at Vistaprint.com. If you are short on cash, ask your customers to provide the cleaning supplies. You don’t have to operate from an office, and may be able to operate as a home based entrepreneur. It is best to get a license prior to starting a cleaning business, so that everything is legit. A business license should not cost much. Also, most customers will want you to be bonded and insured to protect against property damage. I think that it is risky to do business covertly, without a proper license, but it would be your choice if you did.

5.  Donate blood plasma.
There are FDA licensed, biopharmaceutical companies that collect blood plasma from donors and pay the donors. Plasma is the liquid part of the blood that contains antibodies, clotting factors, and other valuable plasma proteins. Some patients who are deficient in plasma proteins need plasma donations in order to live. When you donate blood plasma, you go through a process of plasmapheresis, whereby, some of the blood plasma is separated from the blood cells. The liquid portion of the blood is collected in a 1 Liter container. The red blood cells are returned to the bloodstream. Except for the initial vein stick and set up, the rest of the process is virtually painless. You can earn about $200 a month by donating plasma. Some donors are able to earn more if their blood type is pretty rare. Do a Google search to find out if there is a plasma collection/ donor center near you.

6.  Take online surveys and participate in local market research.
Companies are very interested in learning what consumers think about products and new product concepts. These companies hire market research companies to host consumer research surveys. The market research company is paid by the company that contracts with them for the data. The market research company would then pay the consumer for their opinions. Payment can range from a few dollars to several hundred dollars per research study.

7.  Sell stuff at the local swap meets. 
Pick up your local paper and find out when the next swap meet goes down. Many swap meets allow merchants to sell on location for free. Others may charge merchants a small fee. In Fort Lauderdale there is a very popular swap meet at the Thunderbird Swap Shop. Merchants sell stuff both indoors and outdoors in the garage sale area. I used to sell at the Swap shop a few years back, but did not make enough money to justify continuing. However, you might not experience the same result. It depends mainly on the demand for the types of goods that you are selling. I think that crafts, antiques, and electronics do very well at swap meets. Be sure to bring your own tables, canopy, and chairs.

8.  Do freelance work.
The Internet is brimming with opportunities to make money by doing freelance work. Some of the most popular websites for finding freelance jobs are eLance and Odesk. Most of the freelancers on these sites place a bid to do work. The employer will choose from among bidding freelancers. There are thousands of opportunities available from all over the world. Some of the freelance jobs available include virtual assistant, website design and coding, graphic design, copy writing and editing, marketing, etc. You have a better chance of snagging a job if you have experience and a portfolio or references for perspective employers.

9.  Recycle scrap metals.
Walk your neighborhood or drive a small pick up truck to scour your area for aluminum cans and discarded scrap metals. The vandals and thieves are even hip to this, as they are stripping abandoned homes for metal plumbing, AC units, and electrical wires! I have seen guys on the streets pushing shopping carts full of scrap metals. Of course you won’t go to these extremes. Ask your family and friends to save their soda and beer cans for you. Every bit adds up, plus you are helping the environment by recycling.

10.  Pick up a paper route.
You will need to be an early riser to do this work. The newspaper publisher will want delivery people whom are able to start work in the wee hours of the morning. You also have to have your own transportation and automobile insurance. Most people that deliver the paper in South Florida make decent money (about $800- $1000 per month depending on the route).

11. Work as a Disc Jockey
Do you love playing music, and hyping crowds?  If so, then working as a freelance disc jockey may be perfect for you.  There are some upfront start up costs required for equipment and a music collection.  Many DJs work part time at night clubs and parties.  This man that I knew had a side gig as a DJ.  He advertised by word of mouth and business cards. He managed to accumulate thousands of dollars worth of music over the years.  In his free time, he charged $150- $200 or more per hour for his work at weddings, family reunions, and parties.  Not bad for a few hours of work.

12. Build a website or a blog.  
This involves thinking of a unique topic or niche to design your website around.  One trick is to try and find a niche that is not overly crowded.  Once you get that out of the way,you'll need to build the website either from scratch using a programming language like CSS or HTML or you could use a platform like Wordpress, which takes most of the work out of building a website. Here's a  helpful beginner's guide to get your started with creating a niche website.   It is best to optimize the website for SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and drive traffic to your blog or website.  Most website owners make money off the website through ads or selling a product or a service.  

13.  Sales : Network Marketing or MLM opportunities
Some people have a natural knack for winning others over and persuasion.  Selling might be a great way to make good money, if you are great dealing with others.  Most great salespersons are extroverts (but not always- there are exceptions to every rule) and very competitive.  Good sales people also need to have a thick skin, and overcome fear of rejection.  As for Multi-level marketing opportunities or MLM, there are some reputable companies that have jobs available as independent sales reps.  It's like running your own business, but representing another company at the same time.  Multi-level marketing is not to be confused with pyramid schemes.  Examples of well known, established, reputable MLMs are Avon and Mary Kay.  However, don't act solely on anyone's words.  Always do your research, before invest time and money into an MLM.

14. Make videos for video sharing websites.
There are websites like YouTube which will allow you to create vlogs (video blogs) on almost any topic (there are subjects that are prohibited on YouTube). You can create a channel on YouTube and put videos together that will be entertaining or useful to viewers. If you become a sensation on YouTube, then chances are likely that YouTube will offer you a "partnership". The partner program is offered to vloggers that reach a certain amount of YouTube subscribers and videos views. YouTube is reluctant to disclose the exact amount of subscribers and views that you need to become partner, though. At any rate, YouTube partners are paid for video views. The most successful YouTube partners are able to stand out above the rest and earn a very nice six figure annual income for the partner program.

15. Write content for websites.
If you are good at spelling, grammar and writing then this might be a good choice for you. Your writing skills don’t have to be perfect, but good enough to be intelligible. You should write well enough to convey ideas in a coherent, concise and easy to understand manner. Some of the most popular websites that will pay you to write content are Demand Studios, Associated Content, Hubpages, Helium, Squidoo, Bukisa, and Suite 101. There are several websites that pay, and these are just a small sample of the most well-known ones to get you started. The payment structures for each website differs; Some will pay an established amount per page view, and some pay based on revenue sharing structures.

© Copyright 2011 Susan Broadbelt


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Review of Virgin Mobile Wireless Broadband2Go

Virgin Mobile Wireless Broadband2Go USB

This review is for Virgin Mobile Wireless Broadband2Go USB. It is a 3G internet service offered by Virgin Mobile Wireless. One of the devices that the internet works with is the Novatel Ovation MC760 Modem. It is a very small and lightweight device that you can carry in a purse or pocket. If you insert a Micro SD card into it, the modem can also be used as storage media. It is intended for use with laptops and netbooks, but can be used for desktop PCs, as well. Virgin Mobile Wireless Broadband2go is great for people that travel a lot and conduct mobile business. It provides you with 3G internet access through the Sprint EDVO 3G network, anywhere you go. This means no more relying on finding a Wi-Fi signal or internet hotspot somewhere.

About four years ago, I used T-mobile HotSpot service, for when I was on the go. It cost me $40 a month and my credit card was automatically billed. On top of that, the HotSpot service was not available everywhere that I went. The internet was only available in certain designated areas like hotels, bookstores, Starbucks, and FedEx-Kinkos. I eventually cancelled the service, because it turned out to be not-so-convenient.

I bought my Broadband2go on amazon.com through an independent seller, called shopcelldeals, for $59.99. This is a bargain, because at Virginmobileusa.com, the device costs $79.99. Walmart normally sells the device for $79.99, but at the time of this writing, it is on sale for $59.99 at Walmart.com. Bestbuy.com sells the Novatel Ovation MC 760 USB modem for $99.99.

I have been using it for about 3 months now and have not experienced any major issues. I cannot attest to internet speeds in other areas of the country. However, I read some complaints about slow internet speed, by people in other parts of the U.S. I mainly use the Broadband2Go in Broward county, Florida and the internet is almost as fast as internet that you would get through a DSL provider, cable internet, or Wi-Fi. I watch YouTube videos with ease.  Once in a while the video stops, lags or buffers, but most of the time, video downloads and runs very smoothly on this network.

Another major benefit of using this product is there is no contract and no activation fee. You purchase the Broadband2Go USB modem and then prepay for data (megabytes) so that you can use the Sprint EDVO 3G network. You can either visit 
www.virginmobileusa.com to purchase a Virgin Mobile TopUp card to add megabytes or pay at the website with a debit or credit card. You can also purchase a Virgin Mobile TopUp card at Walmart stores or www.walmart.com . If you buy a TopUp card at Walmart.com, the card code will be sent to you in an e-mail.

The set up process is a very user friendly, “plug and play.” When you use the Novatel Ovation MC760 modem for the first time, the software drivers should automatically download on your computer. Just pick a plan, add megabytes and the device is ready for use. The plan choices are fairly flexible, because you get to select a plan according to your web surfing needs. There are $10 for 100 MB, $20 for 500 MB, and $50 for unlimited plans available. So, you control of how much you spend, without getting locked into a contract. If you don’t use your device for several months, it’s not a problem. It is okay to use the service as needed.

Compared to other 3G internet providers like Sprint, T-mobile, Verizon and AT&T, you pay much less money with Virgin Mobile. All of these other internet providers require that you sign a long-term contract and/or their monthly service charges are higher.

If you visit www.virginmobileusa.com, there is a chart that describes the amount of data you get for each plan purchase. Well, what I can say is that if you use the internet a lot, the $10 and $20 plan is not enough. I started off with a $20 plan and didn’t watch any videos or download any music, but all of my megabytes were used up in less than 15 hours of total web surfing. So, don’t rely on that chart, because it is not an accurate guide for what you get. If you plan to use the internet a lot, then buy the $50 plan, which will allow you unlimited internet at 3G speeds, up to 2.5 GB of data for 30 days. The caveat is that after you use 2.5 GB of data, the internet speed slows down considerably.

Virgin Mobile customer service representatives are usually friendly and knowledgeable. I never had an issue with rudeness and they are very willing to help with problems and questions. The only criticism that I have is with their website and automated telephone system. I tried to pay with a debit card once with the automated system and my payment was rejected. Then there was one time where I tried to purchase a TopUp card at the website, but got error messages. I ended up calling customer service and tech support for help. Other than these minor complaints, I am satisfied with the service. I am so glad that Virgin Mobile made this service available. Maybe, the other larger carriers will consider raising the bar, by making their services more affordable.

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Review of Special K Protein Shakes

Special K Protein Shakes Strawberry

Usually, I prepare my own protein shakes with whey protein powder. When I am in a rush or feeling hungry, a ready-to-drink protein shake comes in very handy. I like to try a variety of ready-to-drink shakes and Special K Protein shakes taste the best by far. Most of the time, I drink a shake as an after lunch snack. These shakes are not the same as eating a complete meal, but they do a good job of tiding me over between meals. After drinking one bottle of the Special K Protein shake, stomach grumbles are kept at bay and I don’t feel hungry for about 2 or 3 hours. Everyone’s metabolism works different though.

Special K Protein Shakes taste delicious and in my opinion they are better tasting than some other meal replacement or protein shakes like Slim-Fast, Boost, and Ensure. They are not too sweet and have a rich taste. They go down so smooth, without any aftertaste or particulate matter. Special K Protein shakes taste okay at room temperature, but are best served chilled. Special K protein shakes are available in three flavors: Strawberry, Milk Chocolate, and French Vanilla. I have tried all flavors and they are great.

Special K Protein Shake strawberry flavor

This product contains milk. As a lactose intolerant person, I usually avoid most products that contain milk. For some reason, Special K protein shakes do not upset my stomach. So, I can enjoy them without worrying about getting an upset stomach later.  If you are lactose intolerant don't overdo it though, or you'll quickly find yourself on the toilet.  I limit myself to no more than one bottle a day.

I feel like Special K protein shakes are marketed more to women, because of the packaging design. The bottle has a distinctive "feminine" curvaceous shape, and it is easy to grasp. I noticed that some other protein shake manufacturers have adopted the same bottle design. Of course, anyone can use the product irrespective of how (and to whom) the company chooses to market it.

I really like the convenience of the shake. They are packaged in single-serve bottles and you can take them with you on the go in a lunch box. If you don’t want to drink the whole bottle in one sitting, no problem. The bottles have tight-fitting caps for easy storage after opening. Just make sure that you keep the shake bottle refrigerated, if you don’t plan to finish the shake the same day that you open it. The shake will go bad after several hours at room temperature.

I am not on a strict weight loss diet per se (although I should be), but I drink these shakes to help me get my daily recommended protein, vitamins, fiber and minerals. I alternate between eating Special K protein bars and drinking the protein shakes. I like that there aren’t as many calories and grams of fat in this product compared to similar products, like Ensure. There are 180 calories and 5 grams of fat per serving (10 fl. Oz. bottle). There is 29 grams of carbohydrate per serving, of which 18 grams is sugar. At the same time, Special K Protein shakes does not contain as much protein as Ensure or some other ready to drink protein shakes. There is only 10 grams of protein per serving. So, I don’t consider this product to be a true protein shake.

If you are a body builder, looking to build lean muscle, then this product might not be the best for your needs. Perhaps EAS Myoplex is a better product for those who want to build up their muscle mass, since their shakes contain over 40g of protein per serving. Whether Special K protein shakes are right for you, depends on the type of diet and nutrition program you choose to follow. The product is probably fine for those who aren’t overly concerned about managing protein and carbohydrate intake. If you are just looking for a low fat alternative to a heavy milkshake at McDonald’s or a healthier snack between meals, then Special K Protein Shakes may suit your needs. Overall, I think it is a decent product and a good value for the money.

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