November 20, 2013
Awesomness. In a snack bar!
Special thanks to Quest Nutrition for letting the ER team try their products. Many of us have used Quest bars but for some reason there aren't many ER reviews for what could quite be the best overall protein bar on the planet. I got the All Natural Bars - Lemon Cream flavor. To die for. I'll keep this review short and sweet because at the end of the day, this bar simply excels in all categories and as such, very little needs to be said on it's behalf - your first bite will tell you everything that you need to know!
Here's a great macro profile for a protein bar:
25g carbs (17g fiber, 6g sugar alcohols - for a net of 2g carbs)
Many of the protein bars out there on the market are just deceptive vehicles for fats, sugars and soy proteins. I mean seriously, I've read the label on some of them at Walmart or GNC and other than a few added grams of protein, Pop-Tarts look like a better nutritional choice than most retail protein bars. (or to be a bit more honest - they actually look like an identical choice.) I also like that the calories are under 200; most are in the 300 calorie range and frankly that's a bit too high for my needs. Sure, I could just take half a bar but who actually does that?
The ingredients in Quest bars are : Protein Blend (Whey Protein Isolate, Milk Protein Isolate), Isomalto-Oligosaccharides, (100% Natural Prebiotic Fiber), Almonds, Water, Erythritol, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt, Lo Han Guo, Stevia.
I mean seriously - whey protein isolate and milk protein isolates - that's nothing but a win in my mind. And all that fiber - 2 of these per day and I'm almost at my daily intake and believe me, getting your fiber has never tasted so good!
Overall Quest has attempted to put together a bar that uses high quality ingredients but also kept the nutritional profile appealing to fitness customers - and they have achieved that!
These bars were soft, chewy and tastes heavenly. What more can you say but it's a win across the board on the main reason I like to eat these - they taste good! The only negative I could say is that they taste TOO good - seriously, it takes a bit of will power to not scarf down multiple bars at a time.
The reason I'll rate this so high on effectiveness is because I use these as a snack and thus convenience is the primary factor that I turn to a protein or snack bar. And in that role they excel. Not only does it give me a primarily healthy snack that tastes great, but it also gives me 20g of protein. And for me, that's important. If you are on a low carb diet, then the fact that there's only 2g of active carbs is great as well. I use these as a great way to get protein on the go. Throw in the superior taste and texture as well as the fullness I get from fiber and it's win/win all around.
I'll mark these down just a touch on value because they are, well, not cheap. A box of 12 bars can be found online for $24.99, and some sites have them for a bit less, but at the end of the day you;re going to pay right around $2.00 per bar. That's not bad in my opinion given the price of alternative bars; quite good in fact given the higher nutritional value. However, when compared to whole food choices or whey powder, it is a bit higher priced than say a snack that you can put together in your kitchen. But it also comes down to convenience and what the savings in time and effort is worth to you - in the past, the poor quality of the protein snack bars out there hasn't really ever made the choice close for me.
As a final note, in my opinion, the only bar that really comes close in terms of quality is the YouBar and it runs an extra $5.00 per box of 12 so against equal competition, I still choose Quest.
One of the main reasons I take protein bars is convenience. However, with Quest bars, I can actually make quality a factor in choosing a snack as well. And I have never had that choice before. So I am going to rate this very high for a protein/snack bar. Not so much because it is the most superior choice of anything that I could take, but because in the category of protein snack bars, it is clearly the highest quality and best tasting choice I've had to date.
Whether your goal is building muscle or shedding body fat, these bars can fit nicely into your nutritional plan and when you consider the convenience and taste, it's hard to look elsewhere for me.
- Unbelievable Serving Of Fiber.
- Nutrition Profile
- Great Taste And Texture