I think I’m becoming a protein bar junkie.
Quest Nutrition sent me quite the variety pack of products recently, and I’m excited to finally share my experience with them all! First, I will start with…
Quest Protein Bars
I ate a protein bar for a mid-morning snack at work most days, and it was strangely exciting to try every new flavor. It was like a little dessert to get my day rolling. But seriously, people, Quest has SO MANY FLAVORS. It’s ridiculous.
My top five favorites were:
- Cookies & Cream
- Cinnamon Roll
- Double Chocolate Chunk
- Strawberry Cheesecake
- Vanilla Almond Crunch
A lot of them were pretty sticky on the teeth, but it was so worth it. Each bar has 20g of protein, so they were an awesome way to fight off mid-morning hunger. If I had more self control, I would have saved them for refueling after a workout, but that’s kind of what dinner is for me these days.
Quest also sent me some other products — some good, some confusing. Let’s start with the confusing…
I was sent two pasta-like products: spinach fettuccine and spaghetti.
When I received the pastas, I’m not going to lie — I was a little concerned. The noodles were in bags of liquid. I’m not used to that… I found it kind of awesome, though, that on the bag it addresses the strange scent that also was concerning, saying, “The slight ‘ocean’ scent is from the alkaline water it is packed in.” And it goes on to reassure you that this goes away once you rinse. I was a bit skeptical about the pasta up until I tried it.
It actually doesn’t taste funky like you’d think, based on the appearance and initial scent. The main characteristic I noticed was the texture. It’s a bit on the rubbery side — a bit squeaky, perhaps — but it’s actually not bad. Don’t get me wrong, it can’t touch on the deliciousness that is real pasta, but if you’re trying to cut back on carbs, calories, and/or you can’t have gluten, then these are a great option. It fills the void of where pasta should be. I ate my spinach fettuccine with pesto, shredded parmesan, and chicken, it was just fine. For some reason, I just couldn’t do the spaghetti noodles though. The texture just freaked me out too much. I’m kind of crazy about food texture, though, so you might be just fine with it.
Quest Cravings Peanut Butter Cups
It’s weird to eat something that was created as a nutritious dessert and feel like you’re eating candy. Just like the protein bars, these peanut butter cups have 20g of protein. I wish “candy” was always this nutritiously beneficial.
I will say, though, that I was expecting them to be gooey based on the image on the wrapper, but it was actually kind of…dry, I guess? This actually didn’t bother me at all, though, because combined with a glass of milk, these little circles of chocolatey goodness are just divine.
Quest Protein Chips
I actually just got these chips a couple days ago, which has been nice since I have devoured everything else by now. These blow my mind because in one bag, there are 20g of protein. It kind of confuses me because…they’re chips…and it’s not like they’re coated in protein powder or something. Not going to lie, I’ve been enjoying these between working out and dinner to tide me over, and I highly enjoy them. The texture is interesting – they’re very light, have some air in them, and are a bit crispy. I would definitely recommend them.
Overall, I’ve found that Quest Nutrition seems to make foods that aren’t typically the most nutritious into healthier alternatives, which I am all about. I would definitely buy any of these snacks, but I guess I’m just not sold on the pasta. It was very interesting to try, though, and I’d recommend testing it out for yourself!
Now to address that “giveaway” part of the title.
Quest Protein Bars Giveaway
The awesome Quest people have offered to give two lucky Gettin’ My Healthy On readers with a 16 Flavor Sampler Pack (one of each flavor). I’m really excited that I’m able to share all the crazy, delicious flavors with two of you guys, so make sure to enter below!!
The giveaway ends on Monday, September 8th at midnight. Good luck!