It’s no secret that I’m a big proponent of getting adequate protein in your diet. The exact recommendation varies based on factors like exercise demands, health, age, body composition and so forth, but a rough rule of thumb is to try to consume .8 to 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight. Now that’s a lot of protein if you’re not used to building your diet around it. Personally, I can only eat so much chicken and fish in one day, which is why I turn to protein supplements to help me round out my macronutrient needs.
Quest protein bars are my hands-down favorite. For overall macro profile, Quest protein bars have a really good protein/carbs/fat ration, plus an added bonus of significant fiber–14 grams per serving of the Cookies and Cream flavor!
You can’t beat the convenience of ready-to-go protein in bar form. I keep a couple in my gym bag and purse so I can grab my protein without having to measure and mix powder on the go. There’s no messy shaker to remember to dig out of your bag (or out from under the car seat) later!
Quest keeps coming up with new and interesting flavors (Oatmeal Chocolate Chip? Blueberry Muffin? Yes, please!) and I’ve yet to have a bar I didn’t like.
Here’s the best part…Quest protein bars are now available at Target! If you’ve spent as much time as I have running around to various vitamin and supplement stores to stock up on Quest bars, you’ll know just how terrific it is to be able to pick up these bad boys on a regular Target run. And I don’t know about you, but I can’t recall the last time I went an entire week without a trip to Target. It’s a lifestyle.
I’ve found Quest protein bars at the Target in Boca Park, Las Vegas, and over the weekend, I saw them in the Roseville, California, location as well. I’m happy to report that both stores carry a great selection of flavors. They had 8 different flavors (Apple Pie, Cinnamon Roll, Chocolate Peanut Butter, White Chocolate Raspberry, Double Chocolate Chunk, and others), including the newest ones!
If you’re already a fan of Quest protein bars, try eating them in ways you haven’t before.
- Microwave an unwrapped Quest protein bar for 30 seconds (more or less, depending on your microwave), until soft and warm.
- Cut a Quest protein bar into 8 pieces. Bake at 350 degrees F (I use my toaster oven) for about 10 minutes, until browned. These little nuggets are delicious–warm, toasty, and soft in the center.
- Chop them up and sprinkle them over Greek yogurt, oatmeal, cream of wheat, or protein pudding.
- Use a rolling pin to roll your Quest protein bar out flat, spread it with your favorite nut butter, and roll it up like a delicious (guilt-free) snack cake!