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Quest Nutrition Protein Bars

Quest Nutrition protein bars are very popular food bars coming in large variety of flavors, being very low on sugars and rich in protein and fibers.

Quest Nutrition protein bars may be used as daily snacks, for breakfasts, before, during and after workouts, for increasing daily protein intake, as 'cheat meals', to satisfy cravings for sweets during periods of diet etc.

Published: April 15, 2020.

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Nutrition content of Quest Nutrition protein bars varies slightly depending on the flavor. The following chart lists current flavors and their macronutrient content for one 60g protein bar :

Flavor/Amazon Link
Calories Protein Carbs Fibers Sugars Erythritol Fats
Birthday Cake 180 kcal 21g 24g 14g  <1g 6g 6g
Blueberry Muffin 190 kcal 21g 22g 15g 2g 2g 7g
Caramel Chocolate Chunk 190 kcal 20g 23g 15g 1g 4g 7g
Chocolate Brownie 180 kcal 20g 23g 17g 1g 2g 6g
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough 200 kcal 21g 21g 14g 1g 3g 9g
Chocolate Hazelnut 190 kcal 20g 23g 14g 1g 5g 8g
Chocolate Peanut Butter 210 kcal 20g 22g 13g 1g 4g 10g
Chocolate Sprinkled Doughnut 190 kcal 20g 23g 14g <1g 5g 8g
Cinnamon Roll 180 kcal 20g 23g 15g 1g 4g 6g
Cookies and Cream 200 kcal 21g 21g 15g 1g 2g 8g
Double Chocolate Chunk 180 kcal 20g 24g 14g <1g 6g 7g
Maple Waffle 190 kcal 20g 24g 16g 1g 3g 6g
Mint Chocolate 200 kcal 20g 22g 16g 1g 2g 8g
Mocha Chocolate Chip 180 kcal 20g 24g 14g <1g 6g 6g
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip 190 kcal 20g 23g 16g 1g 2g 7g
Peanut Butter Brownie Smash 190 kca 20g 23g 14g 2g 4g 7g
Rocky Road 210 kcal 20g 21g 14g 1g 2g 9g
S'mores 190 kcal 20g 22g 14g 1g 4g 7g
Strawberry Cheesecake 180 kcal 20g 25g 15g 2g 5g 5g
Vanilla Almond Crunch 200 kcal 20g 21g 15g 1g 2g 9g
White Chocolate Raspberry 200 kcal 20g 22g 15g 1g 2g 8g

Note: Amazon links in the chart open in the new windows, feel free to check them for the most up-to-date offers and prices.

Quest Nutrition protein bars weigh 60g and on have 180 - 210 calories, 20-21g of protein, 21-25g of carbs, 0-2g of sugars (no added sugars!), 13-16g of dietary fibers, 2-6g of sugar alcohol erythritol and 6-10g of fats.

Note on erythritol: Sugar alcohols are made from sugars, hence the name, and they contain multiple hydroxyl (OH-) groups and are often used as sweeteners. Since they are not completely digested, they may cause some 'stomach issues' in sensitive people. On average, 50g of sugar alcohols for adults and 25g of sugar alcohols for children are considered 'safe' regarding digestion 'issues'.

Sugar alcohols also make protein bars soft and chewy, just like candies.

Main protein source of Quest Nutrition protein bars is protein blend consisting of milk protein isolate and whey protein isolate. Such protein blend, especially when mixed with other ingredients with high fiber content, doesn't digest quickly, helping one feel satiated for longer - when compared with protein bars based only on whey proteins.

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Quest Nutrition protein bars come in packages containing 12 and 20 bars. Also, they are available in several variety packs:

- Chocolate Lovers Variety Pack includes a few of each of the following flavors: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Chocolate Brownie, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Double Chocolate Chunk and Mint Chocolate Chunk. Highly recommended for chocoholic trainees :)

- Ultimate Variety Pack includes 12 different flavors: Blueberry Muffin, Double Chocolate Chunk, Chocolate Brownie, Mint Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Mocha Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Hazelnut, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Peanut Butter, S'mores, Cookies and Cream, and White Chocolate Raspberry. Ultimate Variety Pack is excellent for testing, but also for avoiding the boredom.

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Quest Nutrition protein bars taste good, almost candy-like good, but they are low on added sugars, and have very nice amount of protein and fibers. They can be used in many occasions, even on low-calorie diets to fight cravings for sweets.

For example, many people reward themselves with a Quest Nutrition protein bar after each cycling session - this helps with cravings for sweets and makes people more focused on the diet and workout goals.

Note: no supplement can replace real food and well balanced nutrition.

Personally, chocoholic people (like author of this review) should go for chocolate flavors or Chocolate Lovers Variety Pack (Amazon link, link opens in the new window), while other people should either try their favorite flavors individually, or simply go for a Ultimate Variety Pack (Amazon link, link opens in the new window) and test 12 individual flavors.