Feb 9, 2018

Review: Quest Protein Cookies

I have such a sweet tooth. I can completely do without pizza, chips, fries, or other greasy junk food. Sweets, however? Much harder - especially chocolate and soft, chewy cookies! 

In general, I try to live a pretty healthy lifestyle. I'm fairly active, I do some sort of exercise most days of the week, I go to bed at a reasonable hour most nights, I drink a lot of water (and tea - I'm halfrican), and I eat a colorful diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, and whole grains. I'm a firm believer that mental health and happiness is as important as physical health and fitness, so I allow myself daily sweet indulgences. Still, it would be nice if those sweet indulgences could be more than just empty calories! 

Enter protein cookies from Quest, the original creators of the cheat clean bar that tastes like a candy bar, but is low sugar, high protein, and high fiber. Would the cookies live up to my high expectations?

Quest Protein Cookie Review

They come in four flavors and I hope that, like their bars, Quest will regularly add new flavors of the cookies. They're big, approximately palm sized, and nicely thick. 

Quest Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

In addition to a lot of protein and fiber, the 240-250 calorie cookies each have only around 1-3g of sugar. That's less than a teaspoon of sugar! 

I was also pleased to read that they're sweetened with stevia and erythritol instead of aspartame or some other more chemical artificial sweetener. However, everything has a catch...

Protein Cookies

In this case, it's the second ingredient - butter! And no piddling amount. Each cookie contains about 50% of your daily saturated fat allowance, so they're definitely a treat. As far as treats go, they're not the worst thing out there. Since I follow an occasionally pescatarian, mostly vegetarian, diet, I'm not super worried about all that butter. Still, I wouldn't recommend having one every single day. They're delicious, so you'll be tempted!

My favorite is, unsurprisingly, the Double Chocolate Chip cookie.

Quest Protein Cookie Review

It's super chocolate and soft, somewhere between a cookie and a brownie. With all that butter, the cookies are very soft, chewy, rich, and filling, so at least there's that. There's also no weird artificial sweetener aftertaste, since they're sweetened with stevia and erythritol. 

All of the flavors are delicious, however! The oatmeal raisin was a pleasant surprise. People tend to overlook oatmeal raisin cookies, because there's no chocolate and they seem like the less decadent chocolate choice. These reminded me why I considered oatmeal raisin cookies among my favorite as a child.

Doesn't it look delicious? It tastes even better. Quest Protein Cookies are delicious and I definitely recommend giving it a try. There's no confusion that it's a treat, but it's a delicious one!

What are your favorite indulgences?
What's your favorite type of cookie?

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