Post Workout Snacking #OnAQuest + $25 Visa Giveaway

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More than 90 percent of adults snack between meals and that’s a good thing, if done right! Most dieticians recommend eating a couple healthy snacks per day, given overall good food choices are being made. Selecting protein rich snacks can help improve satiety and promote weight loss or maintenance. But for athletes, protein-rich snacks also have an effect on workout recovery and future performance -protein is the fuel that supports muscle repair and growth and provides long-lasting energy throughout the day.20170314_103115-01_resized

Because of protein’s role in these areas, it’s the only macro this number avoiding girl counts. Time and time again you’ve heard me say I aim for 25 to 30 grams at every meal and also the same amount within 30 minutes of an intense workout or long run. However, for snacks after a light workout, in the middle of a regular day, or just because “I’m hungry,” I take the protein consumption down a bit at snack time – 12 to 14 grams per snack is perfect for me. My new favorite protein snack is the Quest Beyond Cereal Bars that I got at Vitamin Shoppe.  Read on to find out more about high-protein snacks and these yummy new bars from Quest.

Quest cereal bars three flavorsWhile there are plenty of protein snack options around that are great for athletes, many, such as low-fat dairy or hard-boiled eggs, need to be refrigerated and are not practical for gym life. Protein bars are a great way to work more protein into the diet and the Beyond Cereal Bars from Quest offer the sweet, comforting crunch of a traditional cereal bar (ugh, like those high sugar ones with only 1 gram protein I used to feed my kids), but with a higher-protein, lower-carb nutritional profile.Quest Beyond Protein Cereal Bar is a great choice in snacks

Once I started really looking at the protein in my “protein” snacks, I realized many of my grab-and-go selections where not really as protein-packed as I had assumed. For example, for a 110-calorie portion of the following foods:

  • Scant ¼ cup Greek-yogurt-covered raisins had only 1 gram of protein,
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter and 2 thin crackers has only 4 grams protein
  • 14 dry-roasted almonds had only 4 grams of protein

But, a Quest Beyond Protein Cereal Bar, for the same 110 calories, contains 12g protein, only 2-3g net carbs, 6-7g fiber and 8g of a new naturally-occurring sweetener called Allulose. quest cereal bars package and unwrap

So, you may be wondering how are these bars so sweet and still low carb?  Beyond Cereal Bars are sweetened with Allulose, a new sweetener that is found in small quantities in nature in foods like maple syrup, figs and raisins. The taste and bakery texture of these bars had me fooled for traditional sugar – but with 1/10th the calories of traditional sugar it’s a more sensible snack that has a place in my fit-focused diet.  Understanding the Nutrition Label on products that use Allulose is a little confusing because the FDA requires the sugar alternative to be listed by gram weight under “sugars” even though it has 90 percent fewer calories that most other sugars.

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These protein cereal bars are the perfect snack after a light workout, for a quick breakfast, or when you need a little something sweet to nosh between meals and don’t have the appetite or muscle repair needs for the 20g protein in a full Quest bar. Quest Beyond Cereal Bars come in three scrumptions flavors – Chocolate, Waffle and Cinnamon Roll. EVERYONE loves the flavors!lucy quest barClick here to try Quest Beyond Cereal Bars now at Vitamin Shoppe

25 visa gift card giveawayI’m also personally hosting a $25 Visa Gift Card giveaway so that you can head over to your local Vitamin Shoppe or GNC to purchase these yummy new protein cereal bars from Quest (or spend however you wish). To enter, follow the simple Rafflecopter instructions.

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114 thoughts on “Post Workout Snacking #OnAQuest + $25 Visa Giveaway

  1. I always carry a protein bar with me. It satisfies my ‘sweet tooth’ in the healthiest way possible. Quest bars are my favorite – so many delicious flavors!

  2. I want to try the Quest cookies and cream bars or a nut butter product. I love anything PB based without all the high calories/fat.

  3. These Quewst bars look great. I haven’t tried them. I noticed at Votamin Shoppe the selection of Turmeric/Curcumin products is awesome. That is something I have added to help with joint inflammation.

    • I admit I am a total Quest bar junkie . . but I hear you . . HOW do they do that will all the fiber in that little bar. And, that’s how they back out the carbs to say such low “net carbs” . . . but still YUM, I love all the cookie flavors.

  4. I am always in need of easy ways to eat more protien and these bars would be an awesome addition to my diet. I would also buy some Vega protien powder too.

  5. I love Quest bars! My favorite is Cookies and Cream but I do like the cinnamon cereal bar. I’d probably use the winnings to buy more quest cereal bars.

    • I know . .As a stevia addict, the Allulose got my attention. They say it’s found naturally in small quantities life figs, maple syrup, raisins, etc. need to research this to find out more that what was corporately presented on the quest labs site

  6. quest is the one bar i havent tried yet lol its on the list though! i think i have one in my box of random bars…kinda want to go look now lol

  7. I have brittle bones, so I am most interested in this product : BONE STRENGTH TAKE CARE (120 TABLETS)

  8. I just recently got my first Cinnamon Roll Quest Cereal protein bar and I am absolutely addicted – give me all of the cinnamon roll bars!

  9. Ohh I would love to try those. I would also like to try the Vanilla Power Crunch Bars.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  10. Quest is probably my favorite brand of protein products, I really want to try these cereal bars! I also really want to try the Buff Bake nut butters.

  11. I have heard good things about Rainbow vitamins, I would like to try the woman’s one multi.

  12. Since I just ran out of Vitamin D, gonna need that and I love Solgar! Getting back to the gym this week, so I’ll also need some chocolate Quest Cereal Protein Bars. 🙂

  13. Has to be Gold standard whey protein in chocolate. I go through this quite fast.

  14. I would like to try out the hair skin and nails supplement. My mother swears by it.

  15. I want some more essential oils for my diffuser. I like NOW brand. I’d like to get more lemon and orange, and try out grapefruit.

  16. I’d like the QUEST CEREAL PROTEIN BAR – CINNAMON ROLL since I like that flavor.
    Thanks for the contest.

  17. I most need the Hydroxycut Hardcore Elite capsules to get my day going. I like the sustained energy that it gives me.

  18. I could use some Vitamin Shoppe
    Krill Oil 500 MG (60 Softgels) – it’s good for quality omega 3s

  19. I could probably use the fertility support vitamins. I didn’t even know they made them… we’ve been TTC for about 6 years for #3 now, LOL. Although maybe we are lucky this month and we’ll need the prenatal vitamins instead (hopefully).

  20. I need some energy in my life beng a working mom. So i need some ALIVE! ONCE DAILY WOMENS ULTRA POTENCY (60 TABLETS)

  21. I would love to try out the Now Foods
    AVOCADO OIL REFINED (4 OUNCES LIQUID).

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