Saturday, May 6, 2017

sweet treats without the guilt: quest protein bar review

I don't know about you, but I am always on the hunt for a protein bar that I really enjoy. I've had quite a few (mostly thanks to races that give them out in the goodie bags or post-race), but it's hard to find ones that taste great, have the amount of protein I'm looking for, plus doesn't have a weird texture that makes it hard for me to consume. I'm very picky on texture, so it's been a tricky task. There've been a few that live up to the hype, and Quest Protein Bars are definitely one of them! Plus, it's a healthy alternative to snacking on say, a bag of chips or a candy bar.

I went to my local Target to grab two boxes (four bars in each) of Quest Protein Bars, and deciding on a flavor was tough. I had some time to think about it though, since I looked up Quest Protein Bars on the Target website, and it told you which stores had which flavors. How convenient is that? Looking for a specific flavor? Check out the website and it'll let you know. Not to mention, it tells you what aisle to find them in, which made it super easy and quick trip (much needed, as I am swamped with work currently).

I went to my local Target and since I had looked it up online, knew exactly where to go in the store to find Quest Protein Bars – right by the pharmacy. While I debated flavors for a moment, I ultimately went with Cookies & Cream and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Are you seeing a trend there? Haha – I love cookies and anything cookie flavored (these are some of my favorite ice cream flavors too).

Both flavors are great, so I'm looking forward to tasting the other varieties (Apple Pie is calling my name!). What I also enjoy about these bars are not only are they easy to grab while shopping at Target, they are a great grab-and-go snack. I toss one in my purse, bag, or whatever I have on me and it's a nice little treat while I'm out and about. I'm the kind of person that snacks all day rather than eating large meals, so this definitely fits my lifestyle. Plus, it's so delicious you think you're eating something indulgent, but it's actually healthy. Score! Way better than snacking on that candy bar that gives you a sugar crash and doesn't fill you up. I'm not always great at choosing the right things to snack on, but eating a Quest Protein Bar gives my brain and tastebuds the feeling of eating a dessert, without those extra unhealthy ingredients.

Quest Protein Bars are definitely a great way to get some protein in after your workout – each bar has 20g or more of protein (4-7 Net Carbs, 170-210 Calories, 13-15g Fiber, No added sugar.) . They are also Soy Free, Gluten Free, and Vegetarian Friendly. So basically a great choice for anyone! 

I was looking into another way of eating a Quest Protein Bar and making it part of my daily routine. What is something I do most days? I make a protein shake. So, why not add a Quest Protein Bar to give myself a new flavor? I used 4 ice cubs, 8oz of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and cut up a Quest Protein Bar into smaller pieces and blended it up. It was so tasty! Plus, quick and easy. I was headed out the door, so just brought it with me and drank it in the car. Convenient.

If you're looking for a healthy, delicious, sweet treat, I'd suggest trying out one of the many flavors (or heck, try them all!) of Quest Protein Bars. They fit the active, healthy, on-the-go lifestyle most of us runners/athletes have and won't break the bank at $8.99 a box (4/box). Visit your local Target and pick up a box of Quest Protein bars to try for yourself!

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