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Quest Protein Bar Review

I must admit, I’ve never been much of a promoter of protein bars in general. Other than using them in pinch while traveling, I typically advise my clients to opt for high quality protein shakes or whole foods for their supportive nutrition snacks.

The reason is…well protein bars are by nature a “processed food.” There’s no getting around that fact.

The protein quality won’t be as high compared to powdered protein used to make shakes. It’s simply a matter of processing. There’s also the issue of sugar content and artificial ingredients in most protein bars. Truth be told, the majority of protein bars I’ve reviewed over the years we’re nothing more than glorified candy bars.

Now granted there have been some exceptions. I’ve long been a promoter of Advocare products as I firmly believe they have some of the highest quality nutritional products available on the market.

Their quality control, ingredients, and research have received widespread industry recognition. I sell their snack and meal replacement bars in my personal training studio for one reason…I believe in the products and give them my stamp of approval.

Having said that, as a nutrition junkie I’m always on the look out for protein bars I may not be aware of. Truth be told, the bars aren’t the strong suit of Advocare products. They’re better than a lot of other bars on the market, but there are some things I’d like to see changed with the ingredients.

Hence the reason why I’m always looking for other alternatives.

How I stumbled onto the Quest protein bar…

A funny thing happened to me while traveling to Ohio last month. Like I previously mentioned, I primarily use protein bars when traveling through airports or on the road because I refuse to succumb to fast food and other garbage.

Well here I was in the Charlotte airport picking up some protein bars for the next leg of my flight to Pittsburgh. A woman who I bumped into on the escalator had come in behind me to the same store. While standing in the check out line we struck up some small talk about fitness training and nutrition (as I was wearing my Shaping Concepts shirt).

She saw that I was buying some protein bars and kindly reached into her purse and said “here try this Quest bar, I think you’ll love it.”

She went on to say how she had searched for a good protein bar for years and finally found one she really liked, both in taste and ingredients. I graciously accepted the bar and stuffed it in my bag as we parted our separate ways.

While on my next flight I pulled out the Quest bar and started reading the ingredients list. Wow, I was impressed to say the least!

It had a good range of protein (20 grams), and contained natural ingredients. The part that really stood out was the fact it had a whopping 19 grams of dietary fiber! I had never seen a protein bar come close to that.

As you may know, I’m a big proponent of a high fiber diet. Increase fiber and protein in your diet and good things start to happen.

I’ll share the ingredients list before finishing up my review:

Quest Bar Ingredients

No sugar or sugar alcohols used- high fiber , gluten free

Total fat- 6g
Sodium 340 mg
Potassium- 380 mg
Total Carbs- 24 grams
Dietary Fiber- 19 grams
Net carbs- 5 grams
Protein – 20 grams

Ingredients: protein blend (whey protein isolate, milk protein isolate) Isomalto-Olgiosaccharides (100% Natural Prebiotic Fiber), Almonds, Cocoa, Water, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt, Lo Han Guo, Sucralose.

Here are the main points that stood out to me, other than the fiber content.

- No sugar
- No sugar alcohols
- No glycerine
- No artificial sweeteners (that’s debatable though since it does contain Sucralose)
- No soy protein
- Gluten free

Some “low-carbers” might be immediately turned off by this bar because it has 24 grams of carbs. That would be a mistake because 19 of those carb grams come from FIBER! This makes for an ideal supportive nutrition snack because the protein and fiber will help to stabilize blood sugar levels without causing an insulin spike.

I’m not going to get into a big dissertation on the benefits of combining protein and fiber as I’ve done that in previous posts if you’d like to learn more.

Bottom line is on the surface this looked like a bar that had some potential. Of course it had to pass the “taste test,” which was next…

Taste test on the Quest protein bar…

I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised with the taste of the bar I was given. I believe it was the “Chocolate Brownie” flavor if I remember right. Granted it didn’t taste like a candy bar, which I’m glad it didn’t as that would likely mean it’s garbage. The bar was chewy and had somewhat of a gummy texture. Not bad to the taste buds, just to be expected with the fiber content. Overall, it passed the palate test.

I give this bar a thumbs up and look to experiment with some of the other flavors. This is not an affiliate review so I won’t make a buck on anything from this page. Just wanted to share the information.

Granted I’ll be looking to pick up the bars from my nutrition supplement distributor so I can offer to my clients in the studio.

Be looking for them to hit the shelves at Shape Con soon.

In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more here’s a link to the company’s website:

The Quest bars come in the following flavors:

  • Vanilla Almond Crunch
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter
  • Chocolate Brownie
  • Apple Pie
  • Cinnamon Roll
  • Strawberry Cheesecake
  • Mixed Berry Bliss
  • Coconut Cashew
  • Peanut Butter Supreme
  • Lemon Cream Pie
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly

For what it’s worth that’s my review of the Quest protein bar. If you’ve tried this bar I’d love to hear your comments and feedback below. You can help share your opinion with other readers of this site.

Until next time…take care- Shane

Shane Doll is a certified Charleston personal trainer, fat loss expert, speaker, and founder of Shaping Concepts Personal Training Studios. He specializes in helping people achieve a body transformation with burst training exercise and whole food nutrition. You can receive a FREE no-obligations trial of his Charleston personal fitness programs and start experiencing the Shaping Concepts difference today.

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