I have NEVER recommended any commercial protein bars in my life. They’re basically candy bars dressed up as something healthy. The protein and carb counts are questionable and the QUALITY of the protein leaves a lot to be desired.
So why am I recommending quest bars?
I was very impressed with this product. For the following reasons…
(1) The Ingredients
(2) The Taste
(3) How well they fit into ALL MuscleHack diets! The carb count is actually accurate (probably a first for protein/low carb bars).
Here’s a list of the ingredients:
- Whey Protein Isolate
- Milk Protein Isolate
- Natural almond and peanut butters
- Almonds & peanuts
- Sea salt
- Lo han guo (natural herb/sweetener)
The protein is as good as it gets. They don’t use soy or gelatin to bump up the protein count.
You get natural, healthy fats from the nuts and their butters (everyone on ANY diet should be getting some nuts or nut butters).
Apart from lo han guo, the only sweetener is sucralose/splenda. This is the first time I’ve seen a bar like this NOT use sugar alcohols, which ARE carbs and DO count towards your daily total.
So when these quest bars say 4g of net carbs, there really ARE only 4g net carbs, and they all come from nuts. It’s about time a company came along and did this.
They happen to taste great as well. In the absence of sugar alcohols and other weird ingredients, there’s no strange aftertaste and you don’t get that feeling of, “I don’t want to eat any more of this” when you’re halfway through eating. They come in vanilla and peanut butter flavors.
Now, here’s the important part for us Muscle Hackers.
No matter what nutritional strategy you’ve employed, quest bars will fit in very well.
(1) MANS – Just 4g carbs (5g for the peanut butter bar)
(2) GLAD – count this bar as a GL of 1. They haven’t been GI tested yet, but I can make an educated guess based on the carb, fat, and high-fiber counts.
(3) Total Six Pack Abs – 4g carbs. Excellent protein, great fats, and ONLY 230 Calories per bar! So even when you’re cutting you can accommodate this bar. It’ll actually feel like a cheat meal.
So whether you’re bulking or cutting, these bars can be on the menu. Quest actually have a page for bodybuilders on their site here. If you’re scared of saturated fat, (you might want to get over that) there are only 1.5g per bar.
Here’s the great news…
Quest will send you 2 FREE bars, they’ll even pay for the shipping! So you’ve nothing to lose to try these. Click here to get 2 free quest bars (free offer for US residents only, but everyone else can still order).
When to eat them?
Apart from post-workout (a low-fat protein shake is ideal here), you can eat these any time. Personally, I have mine in the morning or last thing at night.
The low glycemic load makes them perfect for a night-time treat, but I find them very convenient if I’m running late in the mornings and need something healthy to eat in a hurry. Actually, what I do sometimes is cut a bar in half and have 1 and a half bars for 30g of protein and 345 Calories.
So I’m giving this product my seal of approval and have factored them into my diet.
P.S. If you’re in Britain or Ireland and wondering about delivery times, for me it took 7 days for them to get here from the US.