Monday, September 26, 2016

New Quest Bar Flavour: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip

I am not feeling so chipper this morning. Not because its Monday, but because my generous husband shared his germs and I now have the cold he's been suffering from the past few weeks. I hope I don't get it as bad, or like him, I will have to miss work. But I have a headache from hell and kind of scratchy throat. I knew it was only a matter of time. I think Little A has it too. Colds suck. I guess the good news is, I get them far less often than I used to, probably because I sleep much better and eat much better than I did during my 20s and early 30s. Nevertheless, sometimes it doesn't matter what you do, those damn germs are going to get you. Anyways...

You've probably heard me say it a million times, but the healthiest snacks are just food. Like food as nature intended: nuts, seeds, fruits and veggies. But sometimes its nice to have a little treat. When I am starving after a workout or on the go, I will indulge in a protein bar, and for the past few years my favourites have been Quest Bars.

They are healthier than most, but, obviously not as healthy as plant-based snacks. But they feel like a treat when I am craving one. The biggest issue with them is they are expensive, but I've noticed that all protein bars have gotten ridiculously expensive!

I also don't love all Quest Bars equally.  I typically only buy Double Chocolate Chunk as they are my favorites, by far, though Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough would be next in line. Truthfully, I haven't tried many of the other flavours because they are too expensive to experiment with.

I buy them by the box when they are on sale from usually, because they are so ridiculously expensive otherwise. During their last sale, I decided to give their new flavour, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip a try.  After all, oatmeal cookies are my favorite, though, I prefer them with raisins.

So, my verdict? They are good, but Double Chocolate Chunk ones are still my favorites. These ones have an oatmeal cookie dough-like base, with chocolate chunks in it. I like that there is a hint of cinnamon, but I find them too soft. I actually like a firmer bar...especially in hot weather when they start melting anyways!

They have another new flavour out: Blueberry Muffin. Personally, I am not sure that would be my thing so I definitely wouldn't buy a box...maybe a single one if I see one just to try.

There are some other good sounding protein bars on the market now, similar in nutrition and ingredients to Quest Bars, but they are all at least as expensive, so I have no incentive to try them either.

If you can't stomach the price, there are folks putting out recipes all over the Internet for how to make your own version.  Its a great idea, but for me, part of it being a treat is the convenience factor.

Happy healthy snacking!

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