Quest Protein Chips: BBQ

For some time I had been eyeing the Quest Protein Chips on iHerb because they looked to be the rare combination of a keto-friendly snack that’s crunch and not too high on calories. Typically, I find myself using a mixture of nuts and seeds as a snack, but it doesn’t take many nuts to reach 100 or even 200 calories.

So I was very happy to find various flavours available in a health store near my hotel.

Not sure what the brush is about…

Nutrition

Like many Quest products these crisps are rather keto friendly — with only 3g net carbs these crisps beat the bars!

Calories130kcal
Total Carbohydrates4g
Fibre
1g
Sugar AlcoholsN/A
Net Carbohydrates3g
Protein21g
Fat
3.5g
Saturated Fat0g
And from the back of the bag… after eating of course!

So with only 3g of net carbs, these are a winner! Just be careful you don’t eat too many packs in a day, these are a nice product and if I could source them (and afford them, health foods are expensive) I’d be buying these instead of Doritos.

I didn’t spot anything in the ingredients that would be a cause for concern, but here are the ingredients:

I guess you might want to be wary about eating too much Psyllium Husk. It is a dietary fibre and you might have some interesting trips to the toilet if you consume too much psyllium. That being said, there’s only a single gram of fibre in a packet.

Likewise, it would be better if coconut oil or something other than sunflower oil was used. Still, that’s a minor nit-pick.

Taste

I honestly surprised by these crips because I was expecting something flavourless and tough. I had previously read some reviews on iHerb that claimed these had a cardboard texture — I didn’t find this to be the case. I do wonder if that may have been caused by shipping the product overseas.

If someone gave you some of these and didn’t tell you they were a health product I honestly don’t think you would notice. To me these were just that good and I wish I had some with me right now!

Overall

I started this review whilst eating my second pack (I got one pack two weeks prior). Then after my third and final pack, I wrote down some final thoughts. So to try another flavour I’ll have to buy a 12 pack… but I am intrigued to try the other flavours.

It will be interesting to see if there is any difference when importing these crisps. So I get round to importing some, I’ll post something — but these are quite expensive in Japan…

Quest Birthday Cake

This is the bar that made me start this site! I randomly picked up a Quest Birthday Cake bar in El Segundo whilst looking for any Keto friendly protein bars. Afterwards, I tried a variety of other Quest protein bars and found them to be very different. Thus I thought I would try out the various flavours before buying a 12 park on Amazon or iHerb. This process of sampling the Quest bars turned into this little blog.

I picked the Quest Birthday Cake bar as I was interested in what the flavour was! I tend to buy the more traditional flavours: Chocolate, Caramel, etc. I was informed that this is the most popular flavour — I have no idea if that’s true.

Quest: Birthday Cake
The glorious packaging — I have no idea what the old look is.

Nutrition

These have great macros for anyone doing Keto or a low carb diet. Only of 4g Net Carbs per bar.

All values are for a single bar (60g).

Calories180kcal
Total Carbohydrates24g
Fibre
14g
Sugar Alcohols6g
Net Carbohydrates4g
Protein21g
Fat
6g
Saturated Fat3.5g
Quest Birthday Cake: Nutrition Facts
Nutritional info on the bar.

Taste

I’ve had a few of these Birthday Cake bars now, as I was able to find them in various stores around California. I find I enjoy the difference in texture between the ‘icing’ or ‘frosting’ and the insides of the bar — this is what puts this bar ahead of many other Quest bars. I find bars are like flavoured rubber and are way too chewy — thankfully the icing ensures Birthday Cake isn’t like that!

The icing is great. It’s sweet and has a nice crumbly texture that melts in your mouth as you eat the rest of the bar. Like real icing I reckon I could eat a bowl of this ‘icing’. In contrast, the inside of the bar isn’t so great. I found — on its own — the insides were dull, just a slightly sweet chewy substance. Fortunately, you eat them together — so it’s not a problem!

Like most Quest bars the Birthday Cake bar can be microwaved for a few seconds (don’t put the wrapper in the microwave!) This softens the insides of the bar and is worth a try.

Overall

I like the Quest Birthday Cake bars. In fact, whilst I was trying out different bars and flavours I still ate this one about 6 times in 2 weeks!

For me, this bar is the standard other bars should be judged against. For a number of reasons:

  • Actually tastes nice and has contrasting textures.
  • Uses a sweetener (Erythritol) that does not spike insulin.
  • Just under 200k
  • Just 4g of net-carbs

Like the rest of the standard Quest range, this bar has great macros for someone on Keto or a low carb diet. It’s sweetened with Erythritol and there’s no Maltitol, Dextrose, or other high GI alternatives in sight.