Special K Protein Meal Bars Review

Editor's Review: 3.9 / 5.0

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Special K Protein Meal Bars can be used as meal replacements when dieters are on the go or they want to control intake to lose more weight. Special K is most widely known for their whole grain cereals and the claim that a dieter can lose more weight by replacing two meals a day with a bowl of Special K cereal and skim milk. Dieters have spoken out against the Special K Protein Waters for their lack of efficacy in helping the dieter lose weight. Based on consumer reviews, it doesn’t seem the protein bars will follow in the protein water footsteps.

List of Ingredients

Coating (Sugar, Partially Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, Cocoa Processed With Alkali, Whey, Nonfat Dry Milk, Soy Lecithin, Sorbitan Monostearate, Salt, Polysorbate 60, Artificial Flavor), Soy Protein Isolate, Textured Whey Protein (Whey Protein Concentrate, Corn Starch), Corn Syrup, Fructose, Sugar, Inulin From Chicory Root, Chocolate Flavored Chips (Sugar, Partially Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, Cocoa, Cocoa Processed With Alkali, Sorbitan Monostearate, Polysorbate 60, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Artificial Flavor, Milk), Rice Starch, Dextrose, Chocolate, Cereal (Rice, Wheat Gluten, Sugar, Defatted Wheat Germ, Salt, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Malt Flavoring), Contains 2% or less of Butter (Cream, Salt), Calcium Carbonate, Sorbitol, Glycerin, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Salt, Soy Lecithin, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Vitamin E Acetate, Niacinamide, Zinc Oxide, Reduced Iron, Partially Defatted Peanut Flour, Wheat Flour, Egg Whites, Almonds, Pecans, Vitamin A Palmitate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Thiamin Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1), Bht (Preservative), Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D.

Product Features

Consumers generally like the taste and texture of the Special K Protein Meal Bars, but a few comment on the gritty nature of the bar. Grittiness is common with protein bars, especially those with extremely high protein levels. Even though consumers tend to approve of the Special K Protein Meal Bars, the ingredient list tells a different story. There are far too many ingredients and extra calories to be a beneficial part of any weight loss program. The 10 grams of protein in each bar accounts for just 40 calories. The remaining 150 calories are derived from starches, carbohydrates and sugar. Hydrogenated oils are also added to the bars. Hydrogenation can be linked to trans fatty acids.

Online dieters can find 18 Special K Protein Meal Bars for $16.25. That is less than $1.00 per bar, but the dieter will not feel the satiation they are expecting from the bar. A better choice could be a lean protein powder or lean jerky that is packed with protein with fewer calories.

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  • Ingredient list found online.
  • Special K Protein Meal Bars can be purchased online and offline.


  • Too many ingredients can confuse the dieter.
  • Only 10 grams of protein per bar.
  • Contains sugar and other empty calories.
  • 190 calories is not enough to replace a meal.


The Special K Protein Meal Bars are not a healthy part of a reduced calorie diet. If the dieter has missed a meal and these are the only thing available until a healthy meal can be consumed, it could fit.

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3 User Reviews about Special K Protein Meal Bars

  • 1
    traci carman

    they are delicious! I lost 50 pounds and kept it off while eating these :) I replaced one meal a day with a special k protein bar while counting calories. if the sugar content was a bit lower I would have given them 5 stars. I never like to completely cut anything out of a diet (sugar)


  • 2
    Tammy East

    I used special k protein meal bars along with counting calories . I lost 45 pounds in 9 months time. thanks


    Dana Adams

    Many times dieters are looking for a quick alternative to high calorie foods. While this product does have some sugary ingredients, the bottom line is that there are pros and cons to EVERY product. Therefore, one must remember balance in all things. I will continue to eat these awesome products!