I am a new shopper at our Wegman’s near me (I used to be a Kroger-ite), and stumbled upon the protein bar section this past Tuesday while shopping there – It’s like the Vitamin Shoppe selection! I picked up a few different protein bars, 2 of them being “Blueberry” flavored, which is one of my favorite flavors of things. It’s probably second to chocolate :). I grabbed a Quest Blueberry Muffin bar and an RX Blueberry Bar. I’ll review each separately below (ingredients/macros/taste/texture), and then compare/contrast them at the end!
QUEST Blueberry Muffin Bar:
- Ingredients –
- Due to the high protein content, the first ingredient listed is the protein blend. Quest also uses a Fiber and fake sugars (erythritol, sucralose, and stevia), a mix of gums. In addition, it uses natural flavorings, dried blueberries and almonds. There’s not a ton of ingredients – and about 1/2 are natural and 1/2 artificial/processed.
- These are gluten free
- One bar is 21g protein, 22g carbs, and 6g fat.
- The total calories is 226 (Not the 190 listed on the label – this used to irk me but pretty much all the bars alter the kcals – the ‘my macros plus ‘ app corrects for this in my food log which is shown in the photo on the right below…. this is actually why I use the my macros plus app versus using myfitnesspal)
- Quest Bars are High in Fiber– there are 14g of Fiber and 3g of Erythritol, which can cause some stomach issues for people – my stomach seems to do fine with 1 bar
- This bar does taste like a blueberry protein muffin. The blueberry flavor and sweetness are there, but you can also tell there is a significant amount of protein powder in it (which makes sense since it is the 1st-listed ingredient).
- Out of the package, the bar is soft and chewy with chunks of blueberry throughout.
- My favorite way to eat this bar is to cut/break it up into 1/4er’s or 1/8th’s and microwave them for 15-20 seconds. This makes the bar SOFTer and warm, more like a blueberry muffin!
Overall, I really like this Quest Bar flavor. My other Quest favorite is Cookies and Cream, with Mint Choc. Chip and White Choc. Raspberry being close behind. I will definitely get the bar again!
- Heating up the Blueberry Muffin bar and pairing it with something cool – like yogurt or protein ice cream is a combo I see myself making in the future 🙂
- This bar is really simple & natural, which I think is why they have become so popular. They are made of dates, egg whites, almonds, cashews, blueberries, and natural flavor.
- These are dairy, gluten, and soy free
- One bar has 12g protein, 26g carb, 7g fat
- The Total kcals is 215 (also different from the 210 listed on the label, but not too much different)
- This bar has 17g of sugar (natural sugars from the dates and blueberries – so no added/refined sugars) and 6g of fiber.
- There is a blueberry flavor, but I think the date flavor & sweetness overtakes it. There are also whole almonds mixed in. The egg whites are not noticeable in the taste.
- These are VERY chewy, and they take a little bit of time to eat (which I like). There are crunchy almonds and blueberry chunks mixed into the bar.
- I did try microwaving them, and I didn’t really notice much difference – it just tastes the same but warmer LOL.
OVERALL: I think this bar just is what it is. You are getting the ingredients they say are in the bar, and it tastes really natural. It’s similar to a LaraBar, but with the addition of the protein via egg whites. While I do have a sweet tooth, I think I would have preferred a stronger blueberry flavor versus date-flavor. Honestly, I don’t see myself buying this bar again, but am open to trying their other flavors. I appreciate the natural-ness of them and the fact that they take “longer than the average protein bar” to eat in terms of time.
- Taste: Quest definitely has more of a ‘blueberry’ than the RX to me. (I may just be more sensitive to the dates than others though). Both are sweet and both taste good, in my opinion.
- As far as size, the Quest bars are a little bigger (8g more).
- Macros wise, the quest has higher protein 21g compared to 12g, and it also has 11 more kcals.
- In terms of texture, the RX bar is more chewy while the Quest bar is more soft.
- The ingredients in the RX bar are definitely more natural, and I do like the simplicity that they have in their ingredients compared to the quests.
- Microwavability (my own category) – Quest is the definite winner since it kind of transforms the bar into more of a warm cookie.
OVERALL: Both bars are good and I think live up to expectations of the brands. Personally, I prefer the Quest (despite the artificial ingredients) because I like to use bars as an ’emergency’ type of snack at my work desk OR as a once-in-a-while treat. I think if I was looking for a Daily bar to include, I’d go with the RXbars since it really feels like you’re eating a handful of dates & nuts. I’d definitely experiment with their other flavors though vs this blueberry one (I have a feeling their others might taste better due to their popularity on instagram?).
Have you ever tried these bars? Any flavors you would recommend? Any bars you’d like a review of? Leave a comment below or on my Instagram @RebekahKFit
Hope you have a great day!