It should be noted that I normally do not like or choose Stevia as an ingredient in my foods. This product line was a revelation. Stevia can be used in a manner that does not leave an aftertaste. I am impressed.
Quest Coconut Cashew Natural Protein Bar:
Great taste. Heavy favorite of my daughter, the coconut-Nut. I liked it. It had a good aroma, pleasant texture and no nasty aftertaste. Nothing to dislike in eating this bar. I would buy it again. After effects: None. No craving for more. No gas. 20 g Protein 24 Carbs, 17g Dietary Fiber, 6g Fat, 6 g Sugar Alcohol, 270 mg Sodium, 2 g Sugar (not added - this is naturally occuring sugar). Sweetened with Erythritol and Stevia. 170 calories.
Quest Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bar:
Great taste. Heavy favorite of my husband. My daughter, the coconut-Nut. I liked it. It had a good aroma, pleasant texture and no nasty aftertaste. Nothing to dislike in eating this bar. I would buy it again. After effects: No craving for more. No gas. 20 g Protein 25 Carbs, 17g Dietary Fiber, 5g Fat, 5g Sugar Alcohol, 270 mg Sodium, 1g Sugar (not added - this is naturally occuring sugar). Sweetened with Erythritol and Stevia. 160 calories.
|and NO butter!|
The strawberry cheesecake was the only one I have given a warning flag. The taste is excellent. There is nothing wrong with the bar itself. The problem is in me. It tastes too much like a favorite dessert that is no longer in my life. I want to make sure this particular bar does not set me off. More will be revealed in the future and I will update if it is warranted later on.
I also ordered an assortment of the bars that do contain the artificial sweetener used in Splenda. I wanted to try these if the sugar alcohols in the all-natural bars caused any gas issues. That didn't happen so I will not be rushing to try them until my family has finished the natural bars. Yes, I bought them for me but upon trying them both husband and daughter have asked to take them for the days when they cannot get to their meals as planned, which is the only reason I wanted to try them.
Again, my use of these bars will not be for 'dessert'. That just leads me down a slippery slope. They will not be a treat or an everyday item on my eating guide. They are for the days I travel or work where I cannot have access to my planned meals. I am grateful to Myra of Downsizers for recommending Quest Protein Bars. As of today, they fit every need I have for a bar: no soy, no wheat, no added sugar, no milkfat, low sugar grams, high protein and high fiber. I am adding these to my war chest of tools in the ever going quest to be keeping the pounds off.
Could these bars help you on your schedule challenged or travel days?