Ode to Quest Bar’s

Quest Bar’s have become one of my favorite foods of all time.  I really like to eat protein bars because its the easiest thing to eat when you really can’t make a meal.  The problem is most protein bars are all the same.  They contain a ton of ingredients and chemicals I have never heard of.  I’m definitely not an “organic or extreme clean eating freak”, but some of the ingredients I have never even heard of.  Many also contain questionable fats, excess fats, lots of sugar, lots of calories and not that great of a taste.  The best description I have heard of these types of protein bars are “Snicker’s bars with protein.”  So when Quest bar’s came out and I tried one out for the first time I was shocked.  I just assumed that since it was healthy it was going to taste like a rock, but I was very wrong.

Quest Car Chocolate-Chip Cookie Dough
Quest Car Chocolate-Chip Cookie Dough

Quest bars list out their ingredients on their website and it contains all natural ingredients and sweeteners.  Like I said, I’m not a “hardcore clean eater”, but I do appreciate that Quest Bar’s set themselves apart for being healthier.

The first ingredient they use it milk protein isolate and whey protein isolate.  These are the highest quality proteins and have been shown to have the most benefits.  Especially when your comparing milk protein to soy or vegetable protein.  (Many protein bars contain soy protein because its cheaper.  It also increase estrogen and slows metabolism.  I’ll pass.)

Next is chicory root fiber, which give quest bars their chewy texture.  I eat a good amount of vegetables, so I would prefer the fiber to be a little lower.  Luckily, the type of fiber in Quest Bar’s don’t cause stomach upset.  The fiber also helps to control insulin and blood sugar.

Third is natural almond butter, peanut butter and cocoa butter.  All our natural and have lots of monounsaturated fats and nutrients.  They also taste amazing.

Natural sweeteners from stevia, which contain a very small amount of sugar.  Most bars are loaded with sugar or sugar alcohol’s to make them taste decent.  (only problem is most protein bars still taste like crap, even with the extra sugar)

The most important factor of the Quest Bar’s is the taste.  Even if they contained all of these healthy ingredients, if they taste like a rock, then no one would buy them.  This is not the case.  These bars taste absolutely amazing and are on par with some really unhealthy desserts.  (except the desserts make you fat and these don’t).

I felt obligated to do a post on Quest Bar’s because of the amount I have eaten in the past and continue to eat today.  They really are delicious and I plan on consuming in them for awhile to come.  There are tons of flavors some amazing and some not great.

The amazing flavors include chocolate brownie, apple pie, mixed berry bliss, cinnamon roll, chocolate chip cookie dough and PB cup cravings (higher in fat and calories, but awesome taste).

There are a few flavors I have eaten in the past and didn’t enjoy as much such as vanilla almond, chocolate peanut butter, strawberry cheesecake, coconut,  and peanut butter and jelly.  These sound good, but didn’t even compare to the flavors listed above.

I wouldn’t call Quest bars a superfood as that title is reserved for natural foods that bring natural benefits.  But I would definitely consider it a super protein bar that is leaps and bounds ahead of the competition.


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