I guess it was about a month ago, I had one of the best, if not the best, protein bars that I have ever had…period. It was this protein bar that I picked up at my local Vitamin Shoppe called a “Quest Bar.” Quest Bars are incredible, they are awesome, and you should go pick some up right now….
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In all seriousness, I would like to let you know just exactly what I think of these bars that have been around a while, but are really gaining a lot of hype in the fitness world right now. The good people from Quest sent me this sample box stocked full of all the different flavors for me to try and ultimately review here on my site. Thank You Quest!
But before we get into that… I think it’s important to state that I am in no way affiliated with Quest Bar or Quest Nutrition. Although, I do have affiliations with many other things I do review here on this site including different health and fitness products, obstacle races, etc – I make no money from Quest. Also, I think it’s important to mention that I ONLY write reviews on products that I use myself, believe in, and have really found helpful in reaching my own goals and training. This is one of those products, so here goes…
What’s On The Inside Matters
The typical quest protein bar is gluten free and weighs in at anywhere between 160 – 210 calories depending on the flavor, so these are definitely a low calorie option if that’s what you are looking for, but what was really surprising to me was the extremely low amount of carbs as well. Quest bars range anywhere from just 2-6 active carbs per bar. Yes, you read that correct and that was no typo…only 2 – 6 active carbs per bar. According to the website, almost all these carbs come from inert fiber which will help keep you full without spiking your insulin levels.
The protein content is really good too. Almost every bar I have had contains 20 grams of a whey protein isolate and milk protein isolate which is right in my zone for what I am looking for in a protein bar. It seems as if every time that I go looking for a protein bar to use for supplementation or just for a quick hunger reducing snack, I can never really find a low cal, low carb, and high protein option, it appears my search may be over now.
Have I mentioned anything about the sugar content yet?
Look, I have eaten A LOT of different protein bars. Most are loaded with sugar, tons of crazy artificial oils and fillers, and are really just poorly disguised, bad tasting, terrible candy bars. Quest Bars only contain 1 or 2 grams of sugar per bar…that’s it! Even the active carbs in the bars are all from nuts – not sugar!
Quest has two lines of these bars…the 100% all natural line and the 99.95% natural line with great flavors featured in both. Now to the flavors. All this healthy and nutritious stuff is all for naught if the taste is the equivalent to tree bark, right?
How Do They Taste?
As much bragging rights that Quest can claim from the nutritional value of these bars, the taste may give them even more to brag about. These are the best tasting bars I have ever had…period. To be totally honest, I almost felt guilty eating them like it was a cheat meal or something. I sort of felt like I was being tricked and I am really still in disbelief that these things are actually healthy because of how good that taste.
Some of my favorite flavors are the Apple Pie, Cookie Dough, Vanilla Almond Crunch, and Cinnamon Roll (amazing). They also sent me these peanut butter cups (you can see them in the pic above) called “Quest Cravings” that are a”out of this world” type of good as well and once again, low cal, low carb, low sugar, and high protein.
So to sum this up, if you are looking for a low calorie, low carb, low sugar, high protein, gluten free, and all natural protein bar that has a killer taste (who isn’t, right?)…. then go ask for Quest Bars at your local health and fitness store or pick up some directly from their official website at http://www.questproteinbar.com/. You won’t regret it!
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