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November 22 2015

The Confident Girl’s Guide To Protein Bars – On A Quest For Quest Bars, by Jessy Rosen


There is a new product in town that’s sweeping the world of fitness and nutrition and it’s coming at us full blow!
With countless adds on social media and delicious recipe videos flooding youtube, Quest Bars have taken the fitness and nutrition scene by storm.

What are these new revolutionary protein bars?

Are they truly any different t?

What is the big craze around “#QuestNation?”

Nowadays, so many protein bars on the market are making vast amounts of profit through false advertisement. The truth: these so called “good for you, muscle building bars” are not what their labels proclaim.

Let me tell you: These bars are filled with gelatin to bump up the protein count on their nutrition labels, their ingredients consist of rice and processed syrups that are disguised as simple carbs on the labels, and they have “mystery” ingredients too long to even pronounce (so you know you shouldn’t even be eating it in the first place…)

But what about Quest Bars?

On their site, Quest Nutrition says that their bars were sparked from one universal motto:

“Eat food that tastes as good as it is good for you, and be able to do it with zero compromises.”

… Alright, hold on just for one second…

Food that’s good for you, tastes even better, and has zero worry or compromises attached to it?  How phony does that sound?
However, after two years of religiously eating this product, I am here to share the not so ugly truth about Quest Bars with you.

After many long, long hours and days of devouring- I mean assessing the evidence for this case, I can say with honest certainty that the rumors are in fact….true!

Quest Bars are all that they say they are, and much more!

From a nutrition stand point, Quest Bars have an exemplary clean nutrition profile. Nowadays, most protein bars on the market are filled with copious amounts of sugars to try and convince people “healthy” can in fact taste delicious. But the funny and quite ironic  thing is, adding these absurd amounts of sugars defeats the purpose of something genuinely being “good for your health.”

On average North Americans consume close to 160 pounds of sugar per year. For those of you wondering, imagine snacking on 25 sugar cubes a day or approximately 9125 sugar cubes on an annual basis. Sounds appealing? Umm, NO! Not only is all this excess sugar consumption linked to the mounting obesity rates, but the American Heart Association published a report that also linked it to increased blood pressure, dental decay, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes.

If you ask me, this is not something I want to have to be worrying about, especially when eating something that is supposed to be considered a healthier alternative…

And this is where Quest Nutrition differs from other brands with their protein bars. They acknowledge these statistics and work to uphold a processed sugar-free facility. The only sugars present in their bars come from things like nuts, fruits, and lo han guo- a fruit extract with zero calories and zero glycemic impact- making it safe for even diabetics to consume.

Quest Bars are made with high quality proteins,  familiar PRONOUNCEABLE ingredients, no added processed sugars, and “Junk” free ingredients,  

And the best part (at least for me), Quest bars are also safe for people with gluten and lactose intolerances. Being BOTH lactose and gluten intolerant myself, I can’t stress just how difficult it is to find protein bars that actually fit my diet requirements, can be incorporated into my meal plan, and will enhance AND speed up my training goals.

Living with food intolerances certainly has its downfalls and difficulties… to say the least. But rest assured: I have found a way to get around not being able to eat certain cheat desserts, and it’s a way that you can use too! How is this possible? Yes, you guessed it QUEST BARS!

Warm them up, bake them, and combine them; the opportunities for delicious recipes are endless! And their flavour profiles? Oh let me tell you, they do NOT lie or exaggerate whatsoever.

Their banana nut muffin tastes just like the banana nut muffins my mom and I would bake when I was younger. Their apple pie flavour is just like taking a bite out of a crisp, freshly baked apple pie on a brisk autumn day.

So here’s the verdict: Quest Bars are the new product sweeping the nation creating a health sensation, and they have every right to be doing so! Get your exercise on, live a healthy balanced life, and grab and go that quest bar for a delicious treat that will have your taste buds dancing and your health shining.

And just in case you want to get creative with your quest bars, what would an article from me be without some… DELICIOUS RECIPES?

So let’s skip those luxurious cheat day indulgences after a hard week of lifting and cardio hours, and plan a cheat meal feast featuring the one and only Quest Nutrition!   Pick your favourite flavour of these chewy, delicious, protein-packed bars ,and let’s turn them into decadent dessert favourites!

Fruit Pizza

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Ingredients:

  • 1 vanilla almond crunch quest bar
  • Fresh berries
  • 1/4 cup vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons of orange and lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp of coconut flakes

Directions:

  • Unwrap the quest bar and place it on a microwave safe plate. Microwave the bar for 15 seconds and then break it into 3 even squares. Roll each square out into a flat circle
  • In a small bowl, mix the greek yogurt and the orange juice until smooth. Spread the mixture over the quest bar and top with the fresh fruit and coconut flakes. Serve and enjoy

Screenshot 2015-11-22 08.15.18Pie In An Apple

Ingredients:

  • 1 large red delicious apple
  • ¼ cup of unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 tbsp of cinnamon
  • Apple pie quest bar

Directions:

  • Screenshot 2015-11-22 08.15.35Hollow out the apple, placing all of the inside components to the side
  • Dice the remaining apple inside into medium cubes. Place the cubes into a bowl and mix them with the apple sauce and cinnamon. Microwave the mixture on high for one minute, or until the apple chunks are softened
  • Scoop the apple filling mixture back into the now hollowed-out apple
  • Microwave the apple pie quest bar for approximately 15-20s.
  • Roll the Quest Bar out until it is flat and divide it into even strips about the thickness of your index finger. Place the strips on top of the apple, covering it like a pie lattice shell
  • Put the complete filled and covered apple on a baking pan. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy a guilt free flavoursome autumn apple pie!

 

Cookies and Cream Bark

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Ingredients:

  • ½ cup cooconut butter (this is simply ground coconut meat)
  • 1 cookies and cream quest bar
  • ½ cup of fresh raspberries

Directions:

  • Screenshot 2015-11-22 08.15.48Chop the Quest bar into small pieces.
  • Melt the coconut butter. The easiest way to melt the coconut butter is to remove the lid of the container and pop it in the microwave, stirring every 30s until the is consistency of melted chocolate – thick, but still luscious and pourable
  • Line a cookie-baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Combine the melted coconut butter with half of the cookie quest bar pieces. Pour or spoon the mixture onto the parchment paper
  • Top the mixture with the remaining “cookie bar” pieces, pressing down so they adhere to the now formed bark. Add on your fresh raspberries
  • Freeze the bark until firm. Remove from the fridge and break into pieces. Enjoy a crunchy bite of joy!

Granola Bites

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Ingredients:

  • 2 quest bars of your favourite flavour (mine are banana nut and apple pie)
  • 1 tbsp of ground cinnamon

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven or toaster oven to 350 degrees. Line a small baking tray with tinfoil
  • Heat the quest bars in the microwave for approximately 15-20s.
  • Roll the quest bars into small balls, about the size of the tip of your thumb, and place them onto the lined baking tray
  • Bake the quest bars for 10 minutes or until golden (careful not to overcook them)
  • Take them out of the oven an let them cool and crisp up for 10 minutes. Remove from the tray and store in ziplock bags.
  • Use them as granola, add them to trail mix, serve in a bowl as cereal, layer them in a yogurt parfait, or even just have them as cruchy and delicious energy bites!

Banana Boat

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Ingredients:

  • 1 large spotted banana
  • 1 quest bar (I recommend using either cookie dough, smores, or banana nut flavour)
  • 1 tbsp of natural raw almond butter
  • Toppings of your choice: nuts, seeds, coconut flakes, chocolate chips, etc

Directions:

  • Preheat over to 350 degrees,
  • Cut the banana down the middle. Place it on a tin-foil lined bread pan to keep it uprigt
  • Spread the almond butter in the middle of the banana
  • Cut a quest bar in half lengthwise. Place the two pieces in the middle of the banana
  • Top the banana with your favourite toppings- be as creative as you like!
  • Bake in the oven for 7-10 minutes
  • Grab a spoon or  fork and dig into your healthy and oh so delicious banana quest boat!

 

Cinnamon Swirl Rollups

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Ingredients:

Directions:

  • Screenshot 2015-11-22 08.16.43Heat up the quest bar in the microwave for 15-20s.
  • Line a small baking tray with a non-stick cookie sheet. Use a rolling pin to roll the quest bar to about 1/8th of an inch thick onto the tray
  • Bake the rolled out bar in the oven at 350 for 2 minutes (the time is short because the bar is so thin. Be careful not to overcook!)
  • Let the baked bar cool for 1-2 minutes, then cut the bar lengthwise into 4 even strips (a pizza cutter works great for this!)
  • Spread the Vanilla Greek yogurt evenly over the four strips, sprinkle with cinnamon, then roll each strip into a “mini” cinnamon roll
  • Serve as is and enjoy a mini delightful roll!

Cake Pops

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Ingredients:

  • 1 quest bar of choice (pick any flavour you like or mix it up with multiple flavours)
  • ¼ cup of greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • Toppings of choice: lemon or orange zest, coconut flakes, cacao nibs, sprinkles, etc
  • Popsicle sticks

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Directions:

  • Microwave the quest bar for 15-20s or until soft. Cut into 4-5 equal sized pieces and roll the pieces into smooth balls.
  • In a bowl, place the Greek yogurt and stir in the vanilla extract. Feel free to add in other flavours here such as rich melted chocolate or creamy peanut butter- the flavour combinations are endless!
  • Place the quest balls on popsicle sticks. Dip the balls into the yogurt mixture and top with your favourite toppings- be as creative with your flavour profiles as you like!
  • Place the dipped rolls on a stand or faced down on a plate in the freezer for 1-2hrs to let them set.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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About Jessy Rosen

My name is Jessy and I’m a junior at Johns Hopkins University. I am a pre med student and neuroscience major- just a girl trying to explore the 90% of the brain that no one knows about! As an up-and-coming fitness model and competitor, you can find me kicking butt in the classroom and in the weight room! I’m in love with health, fitness, and all things related to maintaining a balanced lifestyle! Minimize the negative; maximize the positive and watch your life take flight!

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