Catalyst 4 Fitness

Protein Bars and Protein Chips

Protein bars and protein chips can be part of a healthy lifestyle. You can either bake your own protein bars, cakes, and breads or choose to buy them. Prepackaged bars are not all the same though. Most are high in calories, laden with fat and sugar, and made with fillers and preservatives. This is why I recommend the original Quest Nutrition bars and BSN Syntha-6 Protein Crisp bars. Both are gluten-free, and the Quest bars are a good source of fiber. 

quest protein bars  bsn syntha-6 chocolate crunch protein crisp bar


Quest also makes tortilla protein chips that are crisp yet lighter than traditional tortilla chips. These savory chips have less carbs and fat, and more protein. Perfect for you, or for your kids in their lunches or as an after-school snack, or in a salad or on a plate layered with ground turkey, tomatoes, and lettuce.

quest nutrition ranch and nacho cheese tortilla chips

These protein bars and protein chips can easily be an integral part of a balanced diet.

A frozen Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Quest Bar is soooooo good. It's like eating homemade cookies while satisfying my craving for something sweet! And the Mocha Chocolate Chip is yummy...tastes like drinking rich-flavored coffee with a hint of chocolate.

— Roz G.

I give Chocolate Peanut Butter Quest bars two thumbs up!  My favorite Quest bar is Rocky Road but the new Chocolate Peanut Butter is a very close second.  If you like Reese's Cups, then I definitely recommend giving these Quest bars a try. And the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Quest bars are a family favorite. I make sure our college kids always have some on hand.

— Leisa F.

I like the Chocolate Brownie Quest bars. they travel well so it's much easier to prep and stay on plan when away from your home kitchen. The Quest Cookies & Cream bars, along with Rocky Road and Blueberry Muffin are fan favorites of my kids - who are not the best protein eaters. I started giving these bars to my kids after my son's weight percentile declined and his pediatrician recommended more protein in his diet. Quest bars are a fast and easy snack for both kids, and I can take them anywhere. I can also relax at dinner instead of fighting them to eat “just 3 more bites” of their chicken, and it's mom-guilt free because I know it has good nutrients!

— Beth M.

Quest bars keep me out of trouble!  My early work day starts with Carbmaster yogurt and berries.  On some days by 9:30 or 10 a.m. I am having a Quest bar to tide me over til lunch which could sometimes be very late.  On other days the Quest bars are my lunch. And then there are days they may be that late afternoon snack when I am stuck late at work.  They are very convenient and filling when schedules of the day are erratic, and they keep me from reaching for less healthy snacks or junk meals. Mocha Chocolate Chip is a good choice if you like chocolate and coffee - both flavors are very evident. I also recommend Vanilla Almond Crunch, Rocky Road, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and Peanut Butter Supreme. I eat my Quest bars right out of the wrapper and find them very tasty.  I highly recommend them for busy people.

— Martha L.

I enjoy the Oatmeal Chocolate Chip and Rocky Road Quest bars. Both are very tasty but my favorite is oatmeal chocolate chip. I eat them for either breakfast or lunch, and like them microwaved for 20 seconds.

— Jenny G.

The Double Chocolate Chunk Quest bars are devilishly delicious!! And the Mint Chocolate Chunk bars are yummy!!  They both are genuinely tasty treats that are better than candy bars. I have used them as a snack or a meal. I always keep a bar in my purse, car, and work desk. My schedule can be crazy at times so it’s nice to know that I can reach for a healthier choice instead of fast food.

— Linda C.

I like Quest bars because they are soft and taste like muffins. Other kids should try them because they'll think they taste good too.

— Finn B., 5 year old aspiring sports athlete

I have a new favorite Quest bar - Mocha Chocolate Chip. I love coffee and this is like a good cup of coffee wrapped up in a protein bar! And the Coconut Cashew bar is GOOD too!

— Michelle S.

The Quest Chocolate Peanut Butter bars are as good as they sound!  I cut up the bar and baked it into little cookies.  They were crunchy on the outside and a bit gooey on the inside.  The chocolate/peanut butter flavor is a great combination because both flavors are distinct.  It tastes like you are eating something that is not "Sharon-approved".

— Kristi S.

Mocha Chocolate Chip Quest bars are a new favorite! Most people hear "mocha" and think "coffee", but I think there is really just a hint of coffee flavor that enhances the chocolate flavor. So delicious! Will definitely be ordering this.

— Erika

Omg!! The BSN Syntha-6 Protein Crisp bars are sooo good!!! The Peanut Butter ones are like a cross between a Rice Krispie treat and a Pay Day Bar!! And the Salted Toffee Pretzel bars are AMAZINGLY delicious! How can they be Sharon-approved?!?!? Are you sure these are good for us?!??  Love it!!

— Eileen H.

Sharon has managed once again to recommend protein bars, this time the BSN Syntha-6 Protein Crisp bars, that taste really good and are nutritionally sound. I'm not sure which is my favorite - I've had the Salted Toffee Pretzel, Chocolate Crunch, and Mocha Latte. Whether at room temperature or frozen, they are soooo good! They remind me of a better version of Rice Krispie treats. These are a must try!

— Roz

The Vanilla Marshmallow BSN Syntha-6 Protein Crisp bar tastes a lot like a rice crispy treat. It's really tasty and fills you up too!

— Nichole D.

The Birthday Cake Quest bar was delicious!  Give it a try, you won't be disappointed!

— Nichole

The BSN Syntha-6 Protein Crisp bars are like eating a rice krispie treat.  It's hard to believe that they are good for you!

— Michelle

I love the BSN Syntha-6 Protein Crisp bars!  I've tried Salted Toffee Pretzel, Chocolate Crunch, and Mocha Latte. Chilling them in the fridge enhanced the flavors. Try them. You won’t be disappointed.

— Martha

I love the Salted Toffee Pretzel BSN Syntha-6 Protein Crisp bars! They are more like a treat and I am a big fan!

— Beth

The Birthday Cake Quest bar has an icing coating - that's new! I popped mine in the microwave for 20 seconds like I do with all of my favorite Quest bar flavors. It tasted like warm birthday cake. Totally awesome! I LOVED IT!! :)

— Jenny

A Birthday Cake Quest bar and a hot cup of cinnamon coffee! It's what's for dinner!! Love the taste and texture of the bar, not to mention it's festively fun appearance!!

— Eileen H.

If you like Rice Krispie treats and s'mores, you will LOVE the new BSN S'Mores Protein Crisp bar. NO campfire required!

— Michelle S.

Omg! The Quest Peanut Butter Brownie Smash is delicious! Lots of peanut butter flavor and pieces of peanuts!! It's a thicker bar since it's a double decker! May be my new fave!!  Honestly this bar is soooo good!! I want to eat another one!! Lol! And the seasonal Pumpkin Pie Quest bars? Ate one for dinner! So good!! Just the right amount of spice and sweet! Love that it is an iced bar too. 🥧 🎃 🥧 Yummy!

— Eileen

I really like the Quest Nacho Cheese tortilla chips! They have the same flavor as Doritos, but they are not as heavy.  They were also very filling...just the right amount of chips for a quick snack!

— Amy G.

The Peanut Butter Brownie Smash Quest Bar is amazing!  I love chocolate and peanut butter, and it is the perfect mix!

— Amy G.

The Quest Nacho Cheese tortilla chips are great!  I love Doritos but haven't eaten them for years.  Now I have a healthy alternative.  These chips are actually lighter and crunchier than Doritos and the cheese flavor is really good.  I highly recommend!!

— Leisa F.

I LOVED the Quest Nacho Cheese tortilla chips!!!! I thought they tasted very much like a Doritos chip. They satisfied my salt and crunch craving!!!

— Sue

The Quest Ranch Tortilla Chips? Man are they good! Light, crispy and great ranch taste!

— Eileen H.

The Quest Nacho Cheese tortilla chips and Ranch tortilla chips are better than Doritos chips by far. They are much lighter and taste better!

— Kevin C.

I LOVE the Quest Nacho Cheese tortilla chips. I know how important portion control is, but wish the bag was BIGGER! :)

— Michelle S.

I am very impressed with the tortilla chips.  I had the Ranch - they are tasty, light, and airy. Fulfills the chip craving for crunch. 

— Robin A.

The Quest Peppermint Bark protein bars are AMAZING! They are my new favorite with Chocolate Brownie a close second.

— Rosi S.

OMG! I think the seasonal Quest Pumpkin Pie bars are my top favorite flavor, tied with the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough bars. It was soooooo yummy! It had a "frosting" outer layer like the Birthday Cake bar and a moist pumpkin "filling". WOW!!!

— Susan

The Quest Chocolate Sprinkled Doughnut bars are fantastic! Thick chocolate coating over the “doughnut” center with sprinkles on top. I highly recommend them if you like chocolate. And Quest nailed it with their seasonal Pumpkin Pie bars. Perfect balance of pumpkin pie spices in the bar covered with a sweet outer coating.  Delicious!    

— Martha

I just tried the Caramel Candy Combat Crunch bar. Delicious!! Tastes like a 100 Grand bar. This is the first protein bar I’ve eaten that has no funny after taste. Are you sure this is Sharon-approved?!?

— Eileen H.

If you haven’t tried the new Combat Crunch bars, you should. I just finished the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough bar and it is DEEEELicious. Reminds you of a candy bar. I will order more for sure!

— Michelle S.

I just ate the Combat Crunch Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough bar. Reminds me of a Baby Ruth bar. Very good. Tastes like a real candy bar. Might be my new go-to bar for lunch but could be dangerous!

— Rosi S.

The Chocolate Coconut Combat Crunch is like eating an Almond Joy. VERY GOOD!!!!!

— Michelle S.

I am a big fan of the Quest bars!!! I always have one either in my lunch bag or in my backpack. If I forget to pack it, I have this empty this feeling!!! I am on-the-go all the time and I try to make healthy food choices. I know I'm succeeding by eating one of these. There are a lot of other "protein" bars out there that I have tried, but...after I eat a Quest bar it keeps me full and keeps my energy level up! I love the Rocky Road and the White Chocolate Raspberry Quest bars!! These are two of my top flavors! But the Mocha Chocolate Chip is so super YUMMY too!!!  I like the chunks of chocolate in it! It is another of my favorites, next to Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough! OMG I can't Rave enough about the new Birthday Cake Quest Bar! I'm happy and sad I don't have a whole box! Happy because I would have eaten the whole box, sad because I don't have another one for tomorrow!

— Sue C.

The Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Quest bars are amazing, and as you know, I'm not even a fan of oatmeal.

— Tamara R.

Tonight I tried the Blueberry Muffin Quest bar after Metabolism Explosion Training class. It was really tasty. I ate half at room temperature and microwaved the other half for 10 seconds. Warming it up really made it taste like a yummy sweet treat. Reminded me of a blueberry pop tart or muffin. It's good! I bet the bar would be delicious baked into cookies! If you like blueberry, you will like this bar. The Chocolate Peanut Butter Quest bar was delicious!! Reminded me of a Reese's Cup but with a chewy texture. Happy this flavor is now on the "Sharon-approved" list! And OMG - the Apple Pie Quest bar!! So delicious!! It even has pieces of apple in it!! Next time I will warm it up! It reminded me of a Hostess apple pie! Delicious!

— Eileen H.

OMG! The Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Quest bar is even better than I dreamed. I can't wait to get some more and make COOKIES!!! Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Quest bars are a close second, but this is definitely my favorite flavor!! It seriously tastes exactly like an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie.

— Erika S.

I really, really, really like the Blueberry Muffin Quest bars! I ate them at room temperature but will definitely bake into cookies when I get my full box!!!! The seasonal Peppermint Bark Quest bars are soooo good. It has an outer layer similar to the Birthday Cake Quest bar except with a peppermint flavor, and a peppermint layer on top of a chocolate layer!! Nom nom nom!!!

— Sue

I just ate my first Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Quest bar - on the way home from Metabolic Explosion Training class. It was so good. The flavor reminds me of an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie. I'd definitely eat this again! And the Birthday Cake Quest bar? I love its taste and texture, not to mention it’s festively fun appearance!!

— Eileen

I like the Chocolate Brownie Quest Bar. I don't feel hungry for a long time after eating it because of the combination of high levels of both protein and fiber, and low net carbs.

— Julie