A Quest for the Best

Happy Friday, loves!

T-G-I-Effffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff!

I haven’t been this excited for the weekend to finally get here since…well, last weekend, but still…was it just me or did this week just DRAG on forever?

Maybe it’s because I’m uncool and didn’t have any Halloween plans…

But hey, at least I was still festive! 😉

Anywho, since this week has been more or less full of link-ups,

MIMM: Marvelous Meal Prepping 

WIAW: Spookalicious

FPP: A Noodle-ly Foodie [Pen Pal]

I thought I’d do a “Best of” post showcasing some of my best eats of the week.

Whatdya think? Sound fun? Mmmkay, good!

Best Brinner:

TJ’s harvest grain mix, cottage cheese, fresh figs, Earth Balance coconut peanut spread, and of course, cinnamon.

Best Lunch: 

Sauteed spinach and onion, grilled turkey breast, and Cranberry Syrup (yeah, I’m addicted) all stuffed in a Kuri squash…cinnamon added post pic 😉

Can you say Thanksgiving dinner? Omg, I can’t stop thinking about how good this was!

Best Snack:

Kashi Autumn Wheat with lots of MARSHMALLOWS…like seriously, there’s a layer under the cereal!

Hmm, Kashi Charms? 😉

Best Food Porn:

Aka, “How to bastardize a vegan burger”

Kristina’s Quinoa Basil Bean Burger topped with melted roasted garlic cheddar “nuggets” and a perrrrrrrrrfectly fried egg!

And finally…

Best Breakfast:

Pumpkin Pie Casein topped with a Quest Cravings Chocolate Crunch Bar

I’m sorry, wha?!

Oh yeah! Just when I thought the genius combo of vanilla casein, pumpkin puree, maple extract, and pumpkin pie spice couldn’t get any better, I added CHOCOLATE!

But not just ANY chocolate…

Only the best chocolate protein bar CANDY to ever cross my lips!

A few weeks ago, the people over at Quest Nutrition were kind enough to send me a package of some of their bars for me to review.*

To my surprise, I received not one but TWO boxes!

And while the Quest Cravings bars were AMAZING, they have only just been launched and therefore not available in stores yet so I’ll do my best not to tease you with them! I’ll just say they remind me a lot of a Nestle Crunch Bar, only they to NOT hold together well…I’ve found that they are best suited as a topping than an “on-the-go” type bar.

As for the others…

I was sent 12 bars (11 flavors) to try.

After seeing these babies plastered all over Instagram, I decided ahead of time which ones I thought were going to be my most favorite…

Chocolate Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Cinnamon Roll

And my least favorite…

Lemon Cream Pie, Mixed Berry Bliss, Chocolate Supreme

So how did my guesses turn out?

Note: I heated each bar in the microwave for about 10 seconds prior to eating…honestly, I didn’t think my teeth could handle the taffy-like texture without doing so.

A
Chocolate Brownie: Tasted JUST LIKE a Little Debbie brownie!
Mixed Berry Bliss: Each bite of the bar was filled with a different berry flavor…YUM!
Vanilla Almond Crunch: Hello BIRTHDAY CAKE!!!

B
Lemon Cream Pie:
Very light lemon flavor. I’m not a huge fan of lemon but I was happy to see this one didn’t have that fake “lemon cookie” taste.
Coconut Cashew: Tasted like fresh coconut, not bad, but I think it would be better with  something as a topping…maybe a little FROG jam? 😉

 C
Peanut Butter Supreme: Had a hint of that fake peanut butter taste which is common with a lot of protein bars, but I spruced it up with some Healthy Chocolate Sauce.

D
Strawberry Cheesecake: Flavor was very faint strawberry, but nothing to make me think “cheesecake”
Peanut Butter & Jelly: WARNING: This is peanut butter and raspberry jelly….BIG disappointment when you’re expecting strawberry (whomp whomp).

F
Apple Pie: I didn’t taste apple at all…until the VERY last bite which had a small piece of apple in it.
Cinnamon Roll: The biggest disappointment. Here I am expecting Cinnabon and what do I get? CARDBOARD! No flavor AT ALL!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter: Can you believe this? In an effort to “save the best for last” I LOST IT!! I know…I cried a little. 🙁

I’m guessing my cries made they’re way to the ears of the people at Quest, because right about the time I realized it was missing, I got ANOTHER surprise…

Yeah, Reese’s? What are those??

At first I was a little disappointed to see that a pack of two of these cups came in at 240 calories as that’s a bit of a BIG snack for me, but then I bit into one…

They are SO rich and decadent (you can tell that the peanut butter center has protein in it since it’s a teensy bit dry). I swear if you have ANY candy/chocolate/junk food craving, these are the cure all!

Ugh, I so wish these were available for sale, but unfortunately, like the Chocolate Crunch bars, they are new and haven’t made it to the shelves yet (online or in stores).

But you better BELIEVE that once they do, I will be buying 25 cases a box of them!

Thank you so much, Quest!

*All bars seen in this post were sent to me for review purposes free of charge. All the opinions expressed in the review are of my own. In no way was I compensated for this review…although I’d gladly take payment in more bars. Please note my favorites! 😉

What are a few of your “best of’s” for the week?

Have you ever tried Quest bars?

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