GretchCannon: Quest Bar Review & Giveaway!

8.22.2013

Quest Bar Review & Giveaway!

I was so excited to try a bunch of fun stuff recently sent to me from Quest Nutrition! I got a ton of the Quest Bars, the Cravings peanut butter cups pack, and a sample of each of the pastas. My #1 tip off the bat would be to try a Variety or Sample box before you buy an entire box of 1 flavor based on a review you read, or spend money on each bar by itself.


Here is some fun info about the bars - they have 20 grams of protein in them, no sugar or sugar alcohols or artificial sweeteners. The non-fiber carbs are super low, so that means that your net carb count is super low. If you are like me and have tried every protein bar on the market, you know that this bar is pretty special. It doesn't taste like chalk, for one! 


My #onaquest photo is below. If you are on Instagram at all, you would know that Quest has a crazy cult following it seems in the fitness world right now. I also love this blurb below from the website about why they were designed:


Quest bars were designed for anyone who cares about good nutrition and a leaner body.That's really all it takes to become part of the Quest team. It doesn't matter what your specific quest is, just that you have one. So, whether you're trying to lose a beer belly to pick up more chicks, trying to get SHREDDED and lean for a competition, or you're looking to add some lean muscle mass so you can whoop Michael Phelps' ass the next time you see him down at the Y. Quest Bars are going to give you exactly what you need to be successful at any goal you strive for.The funny thing is, there is no big mystery to good nutrition and dieting. Most people know roughly what they should be eating. It's just that there isn't much on the market that offers great nutrition, great taste and convenience in one energy bar. So, for those of you looking for a low-carb snack that's actually healthier than your regular meals, Quest has exactly what you're looking for.
And best of all, you can try Quest Protein Bars risk free. We're so certain that you're going to LOVE it, that if you don't agree that it is the world's GREATEST low carb protein bar, we'll give you your money back. Go on, try one. It's the nutrition bar you've been looking for.

So, I know you are dying to find out what my favorite item was. You probably already know. My favorite item that I have tried so far... Peanut Butter Cups - are you kidding me?

You have to be careful and put them in the fridge right when you get them, so that they retain their shape, etc. Quest even gives you a note reminding you to do so. This is especially important in the hot summer I would imagine. I ate my 1st one right away, and the other 3 soon after. They aren't super sweet like a Reese's, but the peanut butter is delicious, and I loved knowing that I was having a treat and getting protein at the same time! The fat is higher, but it is all from the natural peanut butter (that I would be eating anyways). The chocolate is packed with protein. I am honestly scared to buy boxes of these and keep them in the house. Even though they are healthy, I don't trust myself not to go overboard! I am going to buy a box for my Dad though. I think he will love them! Obviously - I give these an 11 out of 10. 

 

The flavors of the bars that I have tried so far are below. 

See the photo for how I like to eat them. I usually eat only half at a time, and save the rest for later. I read that microwaving them for about 15 seconds is the best way to enjoy them. So, I found that I need to lightly spray a glass bowl with Pam or Coconut Oil spray, then heat up in my microwave for 16 seconds. I am sure each person and each microwave are different. The one photographed is the Banana Nut flavor. There is an all natural and an original line. I have tried bars from both lines. See below for a list. Basically, if you can think of a dessert - they are making a bar for it. 


I give this one an 8 out of 10. I liked it heated up, but I don't really ever love banana flavors compared to having a real banana. And it wasn't fluffy like a muffin. BUT - I think next time I will put some real banana slices in the bowl, along with some peanut butter. Sounds fab. 

This was my FAVORITE bar by far. I give it a 10 of 10. I loved it heated up - I love chocolate, and it was very chocolatey tasting, without being too sweet or tasting too fake. Next time I buy a box of 1 flavor, it would definitely be this. I also have seen people posting Quest Bar recipes on Instagram, so I would love to try some of those with this flavor. I want to put frozen yogurt with it. LOL. 

I give this bar an 8 - it is probably my 3rd favorite. Heated up, it tastes kind of like cookie dough, which is what I would expect. I did not like it as much not heated up. 

I give this bar alllmost an 8. It is pretty good - but might be better if I mixed it up in my cinnamon oatmeal maybe to get more cinnamon flavor out of it. 

I gave this one a 7.5. It was not my favorite, but it was decent cold and hot. I think maybe chunks of coconut and cashew would make it more interesting, or macadamia instead of cashew!

This one was a surprise! I liked it better cold vs. nuked. I honestly give it a 6 when nuked, but a 10 cold. So, this would be my pick to take on the go with you and eat any time. Maybe it is because I would eat a PB&J cold? Who knows. I loved the contrast of the PB and the jelly taste, and definitely want to try this one again! 

Every time i saw this wrapper, I thought it was Pumpkin Pie due to the graphic. That being said, I think they need to make a pumpkin bar next. Imagine that during the Holidays to curb your sweet tooth! It wasn't super peanut buttery to me, but I give it an 8.5 to a 9. I like anything peanut butter though, so I am probably biased. 

I give this a 9, but I would probably buy the PB cups again before buying this flavor in a bar. It sounds like some of the flavors are just really similar. 

I give this one a 9 - it is really yummy heated up for 20 seconds - there are baby pieces of chewy apple inside that are so good, and its cinnamony and gooey and yummy. I would buy this one again for sure. 

This one is  something you might like to try when you don't want the decadence of chocolate or peanut butter. My boyfriend and I shared it cold, and it was about a 7! So good for a protein bar no matter what flavor it seems like. And, very filling. 

I have not tried yet - 

White Chocolate Raspberry - I have not tried yet! This is a new flavor, and sounds good! I bet the white chocolate tastes amazing if it is anything like the chocolate! 

Vanilla Almond Crunch - This one sounds really good, and the wrapper looks appetizing too. 

Strawberry Cheesecake  - This sounds like it would be really really good. 

Lemon Cream Pie - this one sounds so good! I feel like I would want to put some light whip cream on it. Yum! 

Quest Pasta - Can't wait to try the pasta out one day when I am cooking Italian! 

You can find Quest Bars in so many places now - on their website obviously, on Amazon.com, at GNC, Sprouts, some Mobil stations, from what I see on the map near me, Nutrition Zone, Vitamin Shoppe, etc. I did a quick Google search and also saw Vitacost.com, GNC.com, iHerb.com, Bodybuilding.com, VitaminShoppe.com, Netrition.com - so basically almost anywhere now! No excuses not to get your Quest on.

Have you tried Quest bars yet? If so, what is your favorite bar or treat?

Do you have any fun Quest bar recipes to share? A new way to eat them that I didn't try?

Thanks for reading my review!

Now - enter to win some Quest products of your own!! Contest starts Friday morning and ends the next Friday night. The winner will receive a sample pack of Quest Bars to try for themselves!!

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XOXO, 
A Fit Fashionista

35 comments:

  1. Would love to try Quest for the high protein factor as the flavors sound delicious and would also enjoy trying their pastas! Thank you so much!

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  2. The chocolate chip has been my favorite so far, but....I haven't tried the brownie one so I need to find those ASAP. Thanks Gretchen!!!

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  3. I would love to win because I'm on a tight budget and can't afford expensive health bars...I also live in Canada, so Quest bars are hard to find and more expensive up here.

    Gahh I would love to win!!

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    1. I feel you on the costs!! Good luck! Thanks for entering!

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  4. Love Quest Bars!!! The White Chocolate Rasp. is amazing! Well, they all are. Yum!

    thanks for hosting :)

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    1. Ooh I haven't tried that one. I just saw that your last name is FU - so now I get it! LOL I was so confused about your nickname! Thanks for entering lady!

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  5. Yay, just entered to win! They look so yum!

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    1. Yay, good luck!! I bet you and Matt would like them! Thanks for entering!

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  6. LOVE Quest bars! I want to try some of the recipes using them as well. Yum!

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  7. Ahhhh SO OBSESSED with Quest Bars!! My two favorites are cookie dough and PB&J for sure. I made a Quest Bar Pop Tart that was absolutely delicious! Here's the link: http://fitnotfad.blogspot.com/2013/07/quest-bar-pop-tart.html.

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    1. OMG me too - just checked out your pop tart. Looks so good! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Quest bars are amazing, especially warmed up for a few seconds in the microwave. I've only tried a few flavors, but they all sound so delicious and I want to try them all lol. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. I heart Quest Bars!I would love to try all the flavors especially the white chocolate raspberry. I am super curious about the new pasta ones too!

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  10. I heart Quest bars! I want to try all the flavors,especially white chocolate raspberry!

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  11. Quest bars are by far the best protein bar I can find, the ingredient list is very short and they explain what the ones with the long complicated names are. Great food, I want to try the pasta.

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  13. Great giveaway. I'd love to win because really, can a girl have too many quest bars? :)

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  14. These would be wonderful to supplement my diet with more protein and I can take them anywhere! White Chocolate Raspberry would be yummy!
    Georgiana

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  15. I would love to win because I have not tried all of these flavors!

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  16. Would love to win some! Best giveaway ever :)

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    1. haha, thanks for entering! love your name!

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  17. I want to win because despite my being a supplement queen, I've NEVER tried these! I'm dying to!

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    1. omg you have to!! ok good luck and thanks for visiting my blog!

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  18. I would LOVE to try the new peanut butter cups and the pasta since we do not have those available in Canada!

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    1. omg so good, ok thanks for entering, good luck!

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  19. The contest is over - thanks to all who entered! Congrats to Maya, the winner of the sample packs of Quest products!

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