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I have always been skeptical of Special K. Model-thin women lamenting that they can't lose the five pounds they gained over the winter and then claiming success based on a bowl of breakfast cereal has never resonated with me.
The "Special K Diet," in which one eats a bowl of cereal for breakfast and lunch, then has a "sensible dinner," likewise resulted in eye- rolls. This is not Special K's fault; I had a friend who decided to combine the Special K diet with Atkins, which led to spectacular failure. Who would have thought a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet would be inconsistent with a no-carb, high-fat diet? Everyone else in the world, that's who.
When Special K began branching into diet foods, my eyes rolled again. Bars, drinks, shakes... Really? Who won't put out those things these days? I can't wait for the Froot Loop diet.
But now I am eating my words (which, thankfully, are zero-calorie). I have met my Special K match. And by "match" I mean "the thing I want by my side for the rest of my life."
Special K Cracker Chips.
(That picture is, I believe, of the British version, because in Britain chips are "crisps" and fries are "chips" and language is "confusing.")
I miss chips. The crunch, the salt, the crunch, the salt... There's not much to chips, when you get down to it, but I love 'em. Potato chips are right out for me now. Baked chips taste like giant flakes of Special K. Pretzels are okay, but sometimes you really want a chip, you know?
Special K Cracker Chips (I like the sour cream & onion flavor) are 110 calories for 27 CHIPS. Let me repeat that. 110 calories for 27 CHIPS. Yes, there are 22 grams of carbs in a serving, but 3 grams of dietary fiber and only 1 gram of sugar. 2 grams of protein. 2.5 grams of fat, only .5 grams of which is saturated. No cholesterol. Very little in vitamins, but that's okay. I'll eat them gladly when I need my chip fix, and feel no shame.
Well, very little.
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