Monday, July 20, 2015

Quest Bars Redux

Quite a while back, I had reviewed Quest Nutrition Bars and had a somewhat lukewarm response to them.  However, this was back when I would have chosen sugar over protein, and given my current goal to cut back on the sugary stuff where I can, these seemed to fit my needs and re-entered the picture.

It started with an innocent need for food-on-the-run.  Although I've gotten better at bringing food from home to work again, I usually eat more than I bring (darn breastfeeding appetite!), so these keep me from having to buy extra food after I've spent my lunch breaks working out.  To my astonishment, I actually liked the bar and decided to try all the flavors I could find.  Luckily, GNC is really convenient to me, so with their Quest Bar promotion at the time, I was able to do just that. 

I had to eat these over time, of course, so this post has been a while in the making, but here are some brief notes about the flavors I tried/re-tried:

  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: see last review
  • Cookies & Cream: This is the one that started my "Quest quest."  I actually liked the faux-cookie bits inside.  If I have to buy a box, I'd get this flavor.
  • Double Chocolate Chunk: A very standard chocolate protein bar taste, though I did appreciate the chocolate chunks within.
  • Chocolate Brownie: Also a pretty standard chocolate protein bar taste.
  • White Chocolate Raspberry: Also has bits of stuff inside, definitely not exactly white chocolate (they are kind of crumbly), but not too bad.  I'd eat this again.
  • Cinnamon Roll Flavor: I had read some amazing reviews for this, but it wasn't really notable to me at all.  Nothing about this reminded me of cinnamon roll.
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter: see last review
  • Coconut Cashew: I read a lot of good things about this flavor, but I did not like it at all.  I think it needed more texture and didn't taste like either coconut OR cashew.
  • Strawberry Cheesecake: I liked this!  Although fruity bars don't usually sit well with me, I did like the little pieces of "cheesecake" that kind of reminds me of the cookies n cream one.
  • Apple Pie: This was pretty good, with actual pieces of spongy dried apple inside.
  • Vanilla Almond Crunch: Had bits of almond in it, kind of like almond meal, pretty good.
  • Peanut Butter Supreme: Not bad, peanut-buttery for sure.  This one has over 200 calories.
  • Banana Nut Muffin: Definitely not a muffin due to the texture, but taste-wise, it was mild and not bad.
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly: I think the allure of PB&J is mostly a texture thing, so in a sticky chewy bar form, I wasn't exactly thrilled with eating a peanut and fruit flavored bar.
  • Mixed Berry Bliss: This was nothing notable, just a fruity chewy bar, slightly medicinal.
  • Lemon Cream Pie: I'm not a fan of lemon desserts, so suffice to say this wasn't my favorite but it did have a flavor reminiscent of a lemon bar.

Overall, there is just a small amount of "fake" taste (of proteins/sweeteners), which is a far cry from some other protein bars.  Many are sweetened with monk fruit, which is the latest *thing* when it comes to sweeteners.  For under/around 200 calories and 20-ish grams of protein per bar and very little carbs, these are definitely a good way to fuel up after a workout and makes you feel like you're eating a treat.  To me, they are easier than taking in protein powder.

FTC Disclaimer: I purchased these on my own and am providing an honest review.

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