I’ve never been a morning person, and by that, I mean the sound of the ‘Chimes’ tone on mind-numbing snooze makes me want to break shit and scream irrational, hurtful things at people. It’s not something I’m proud of – I’d love to be the girl who makes pancakes for breakfast and has time to try out labour intensive eyeliner looks, but the truth is that the entire ordeal from pillow to office is exhausting. I need snacks, specifically snacks that need little-to-no preparation, fit nicely inside my handbag and can be eaten mindlessly with my left hand whilst the right is busy on the internet.
Introducing Quest Bars – a high protein, low carb, gluten free snack that matches my above criteria AND more. I don’t ask for much from my meal bars but I do have a few requirements:
- They should be under 250 calories. If your familiar with the calories in/out weight management philosophy you’ll understand that for someone who loafs around an office 10 hours a day, 1200-2000 calories a day is sensible. For breakfast, 250 feels right. Quest bars clock in at between 170-210 per bar.
- They need to be high in protein to keep me full until my next eating opportunity. Quest Bars contain 20g of protein, the main ingredient being whey protein and milk protein isolate both of which are high quality protein sources. They also have a low glycemic index and contain the minerals calcium, iron, phosphorus and magnesium
- They should be low in sugar. You can’t freely consume most juices anymore because someone, at some point realized that a lot of them are full of sugar. The Quest Bar contains between 1g and 4g of naturally occurring sugars and contain no added sugar or artificial sweeteners.
- They should be low in net carbohydrate. Our bodies don’t take on board the fiber content which makes up the majority of the total carbohydrate amount.
- I need to recognize and pronounce everything in the ingredient list – Quest Bars have a relatively short ingredient list compared to other protein bars. Cookies and Cream, for example, contains whey protein isolate, milk protein isolate, prebiotic fiber, water, almonds, cocoa butter and erythitrol (an excellent sweetener that contains almost no calories, has 70% of the sweetness of sugar, doesn’t raise insulin levels or blood sugar and is suitable for diabetics).
- They should be edible. Contrary to popular belief, all meal-replacement bars are not actually meant for human consumption. Many are meant for soundproofing windows and modelling clay.
My flavours of choice are Cookie Dough and Cookies and Cream (disclaimer: Apple Pie and Cinnamon Roll varieties are not advised). They’re chewy, marshmallow like in texture and have small pieces of wonderful crunchy things that taste like they should be bad for you… but aren’t. More importantly, they taste suspiciously sweeter than the 1g of naturally occurring sugars implies – your morning (or indeed, post workout) just got better and I’m really happy I could be a part of that.
Sidenote: Quest bars are great when baked or melted and apparently i‘m not the only one who’s into it. There are hundred of of Amaro filtered Quest bar recipes on Instagram. I‘m partial to a melted peanut butter chocolate poured over banana pancakes. To make them, all you need is one mashed banana whisked with two eggs and a pinch of cinnamon. Fry them in a teaspoon of coconut oil in sizes roughly the same as your palm and top with the melted Quest.