This being the last week in January 2020, those resolutions are in full swing now. I posted earlier today about how to do Keto on a budget, which helps those whose resolution to change their eating habits. While I’ve been on Keto 2+ years now and seen much success from the diet, I miss certain foods like chips and cookies. While there are many Keto baking recipes out on the Web, I really don’t want to invest in the various alternative sugars or flours or gums. After some research, I came across Quest Nutrition products, which are Keto/Low-Carb friendly as well as high in protein. This is my review of their various products.
Quest Nutrition Protein Bars
If I remember correctly, I came across Quest Nutrition’s protein bars around October 2017. I was new to the Keto Diet and I searched for a meal replacement since I had to travel for work. Before starting Keto, I would use different types of protein bars as a meal replacement or as part of my meal. But when you look at the nutrition profile of non-Keto friendly protein bars they are filled with sugar and grain.
I bought the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough bar from my local Publix and ate it on a flight. I only bought one bar because I wasn’t sure I would like it. Upon finishing the bar I wished I bought two!
Regarding the taste of Quest Nutrition’s protein bars, I like certain flavors although I haven’t tried them all. My favorite are Birthday Cake, Chocolate Sprinkled Doughnut and S’mores. The flavors sometimes don’t match up to the flavor you have in mind, though. That’s because of the whey protein and the erythritol, an sugar alcohol. But I found the longer you don’t eat regular cane sugar, the better these bars taste.
When it comes to texture, that’s where these bars falter in my opinion. They are solid in texture because of the amount of fiber in them. If you want to soften the bars, however, you can place them in the microwave for a few seconds.
My final verdict: If you are looking for a Keto-friendly protein bar to have as a meal-replacement or as an pre/post-workout snack, these bars would work for you.
Quest Nutrition Protein Powder
I started using Quest Nutrition’s whey protein powder close to a year ago as an actual meal-replacement. Just like with the bars, during my pre-Keto days I would use Hemp Protein to make a meal-replacement shake. While Hemp Protein has a great nutrition profile, it has more net carbohydrates than I would like to intake in a serving.
Unlike the protein bars, the protein powder has fewer flavors to choose from. My favorites are Salted Caramel and Chocolate Milkshake.
As for the taste, I find it’s better to use milk instead of water as stated on the instructions. While water lowers the total calories, I find it makes a thin protein shake and doesn’t keep me full as long as milk. And I don’t use milk, actually; I use a combination of half & half and heavy whipping cream. I found this combination not only makes a satisfying protein shake, but keeps me full for hours!
As for the texture, Quest Nutrition protein powder isn’t gritty when mixed. And I usually mix it with my Blender Bottle so you don’t need an electronic blender.
My final verdict: Although pricey, this protein powder offers great flavors with low net carbs and very little sugar per serving. You can take it and mix it on the go!
I tried the Quest Nutrition protein chips when I saw them on clearance at GNC. Now, they weren’t on clearance because the chips suck; but because GNC marks down their food and supplements drastically when they are close to the end of their “best buy” date.
Their chips are made from the same whey protein powder used in their bars and powder mix. They just add additional flavors to the chips (like barbecue, sour cream and onion, nacho cheese, to name a few).
While these taste good, they don’t give me the crunch of a regular chip since the latter is usually made from potatoes or corn.
In addition, for the price, you don’t really get your money’s worth. The bags are small, but at least they are ¾ full of chips. I would only buy one bag to try it out. If you like them, then buy them by the case. They are much cheaper that way.
My final verdict: While the taste is good in my opinion, the chips can lack that “certain” crunch at times. And they are pricey when bought as single bags.
I learned about Quest Nutrition’s protein cookies from their Twitter account. I then went to my local GNC to try out the flavors.
When compared to their protein bars, the cookies are higher in calories. Which sucks because I think you can eat the cookie much faster than a bar.
As for the taste, I really like the chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies. The latter is my mom’s favorite. She likes to use them as a sorta meal-replacement.
Regarding the texture, this is where the cookies shine! They are soft and chewy. And if you heat them in the microwave for a few seconds, they are fantastic! This could get you in trouble because you can eat two cookies in a sitting and that’s 500 calories!
My final verdict: In my opinion, probably the best product in the Quest Nutrition line. If you have a sweet craving, eating one of these cookies will satisfy it!
My final review is the Quest Nutrition pizza. Like the protein cookies, I learned about the pizza from Quest’s Twitter account. I had to make a trek to Target to try it because the pizza is only sold there.
The pizza crust is made from Quest’s unflavored protein powder (which you can buy and use for recipes) and comes in several flavors. I went simple and bought the pepperoni pizza.
At first look, I thought the pizza would be the regular size of a frozen pizza. The box made it look to be so. But when I opened the box, I was disappointed by the size. For the price, which is a bit on the high side unless you can get it on sale, the pizza is quite small. I know the ingredients used are quite expensive so we can’t expect the Quest Nutrition pizza would be the same size as a wheat flour frozen pizza.
Size aside, the taste of the pizza is quite nice. If you bake the crust to be crispy, you can’t really tell this pizza is Keto-friendly. The pepperoni is uncured and taste like regular pepperoni to me. It is a thin-crust pizza so you have to be careful not to overcook it, which is unfortunately easy.
Out of all the Quest Nutrition products, I buy the pizza the least. There’s a combination of reasons why:
- It’s still only available at Target and I don’t shop there much
- The price-point is too high for what you get
- I can buy true cauliflower crust frozen pizzas which are bigger and taste better
My final verdict: If you really craving a pizza and don’t want to make fathead dough and you’re close to a Target, then this pizza will do.
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