I love Quest protein bars. They are just so delicious. Like, too delicious. They almost border on I-can’t-keep-them-in-my-house-because-I’ll-eat-them-all-in-one-day delicious.
Anyway, I was pretty pumped when the Quest folks came out with protein powder. Seems like a natural transition for them.
I follow the company on various social media platforms and they often have mini giveaways of new products. About a week ago, they gave away 2 individual packs of their chocolate and vanilla protein powder and I was one of the lucky few who received them. Yay!
**Quick disclaimer, these opinions are my own. Quest sent out samples to like, 1,000 people (whoever responded first I think) so this is not a sponsored post…I just thought you’d be curious how the powders taste!**
I haven’t tried vanilla yet. When I do, I will do a separate post on that. On to chocolate milkshake!
- 110 calories per serving (which is a scoop if you have the powder)
- 4 grams of carbs in 1 scoop
- 2 grams of fiber
- 23 grams of protein
- less than 1 gram of sugar
Pretty good stats! Lots of protein, fairly low in calories (some powders are much higher with similar amounts of protein), and low sugar.
The powder is made up of three different types of proteins: whey protein isolate, micellar casein, and milk protein isolate. Whey protein isolate has minimal lactose and almost zero fat content (more info here). Micellar casein protein is a slow digesting protein. This makes it great to consume before bed or when you know you won’t be refueling for a long time (more info here). Finally, milk protein isolate is a concentrated form of protein found from milk sources. I honestly couldn’t find much info on milk protein isolate so I’m not 100% clear on how it’s different than whey. Anyway, it has protein in it.
I’ll keep it simple: I liked it. It was good! I’m always skeptical to try new protein powders because, let’s be honest, a lot taste like chalk. Or other things I don’t want to eat.
I made a smoothie with the Quest powder, half a banana, and a little PB2. At first, I thought I’d just make one with only powder and water so I could really taste the powder. But then I decided I would make it exactly how I would make it had I bought the powder like a normal human being. I also added some cacao nibs for a little crunch!
It tasted nice and chocolatey- not too sweet or “fake sweet” tasting. The more I drank my smoothie, the more I liked it! It had a good chocolate taste, just what I wanted. All good things, all good things (anyone recognize that from Frozen? Olaf? Ha!)
It’s a little pricey. They are $39.99 for a 2lb. canister ($19.99/pound). To compare, you can find a great 5lb. whey protein powder for about $57 ($11.4/pound) dollars. If you like to try different products, then give it a shot! But, by all means, if you feel like you found your “one and only” protein powder, then maybe save a few bucks and stick to what you know and love.
I feel like I’m biased to like their powder only because I love their protein bars. The bars are just greatness. They are pricey too but they suck me in every time….
Anyway, I’ll review their vanilla flavor in a few days!
What is your favorite protein powder?