Living a healthy lifestyle is more than just counting calories and going to the gym, it is about building yourself a support network that allows you to be successful in making healthy choices. One of the aspects that can make or break your resolve to make healthy food choices is snacks. Convenience foods such as single serve bags of potato chips are not known for their nutrition values. They can be greasy and definitely loaded with carbohydrates. This makes it difficult when you are really in the mood for a savory and crunchy snack because the majority of options are going to either frustrate you into not eating them or feeling guilty for “cheating” on your health plan. That is, until Quest Nutrition created a way to cheat clean.
Life of a Southern Mom recently had the delicious pleasure of working with Quest Nutrition on a review of their Protein Chips. Quest Nutrition began in 2010 with a small line of Protein Bars. They had two flavors which were met with great success and they began expanding. After a few setbacks, Quest Nutrition now offers more than 12 flavors of Protein Bars, 5 flavors of Protein Powder, some tasty looking Peanut Butter Cups, two types of carb-free pasta, and 5 flavors of Protein Chips.
We had the enjoyment of reviewing three of the five Protein Chip flavors. Typically I am not a potato chip kind of girl. Sure, at a party I’ll have a handful, but they aren’t something I purchase for myself. One reason is that I find them greasy. I do not enjoy the feeling of coating my mouth with oil when eating a bag of chips. Another reason is that they just aren’t that great for you and contain some really odd ingredients. Quest Protein Chips though, are a completely different product.
All of the Quest Protein Chips start with their Protein Blend as the first ingredient. This blend is comprised of milk protein isolate and whey protein isolate. When compared to a bag of potato chips, this is already a head start because potato chips obviously use potatoes as their first ingredient. While potatoes are a valid food product, they contain a lot of carbohydrates. If you are watching your carbs for health or dietary reasons, you probably cut out potato chips and never looked back. Or, if you did look back, it was with the guilt of consuming an entire meal’s worth of carbs in one lousy bag of chips. In case you haven’t looked at potato chips in a while, a snack sized bag of classic potato chips from a leading manufacturer comes in at a whopping 21 grams of carbohydrates. In comparison, the Quest Protein chips contain 5 grams of carbohydrates per bag. While we are examining the Nutrition Facts on the back of the bags, let’s take a look at calories as well. Classic potato chips: 220 calories and Quest Protein Chips: 120. That is almost half the calories an a quarter of the carbs!
Although you can’t argue with the facts, you are probably pretty skeptical about how the Quest Protein Chips stack up in the taste department. I’ve got to tell you, I was actually really surprised by them. The three flavors we received were Sea Salt, Cheddar & Sour Cream, and BBQ.
The Sea Salt are great for two purposes: if you like a fairly bland flavor or if you are a fan of dip. I personally found these a bit mild for my taste. They have a great crunch and are sufficiently salty, but I really go for more of a big flavor. However, if you usually get plain potato chips or salted chips, you will probably really like these.
Cheddar & Sour Cream has a great flavor combination. It starts off tasting just like you would expect. It has a great cheese taste with that hint of a tang from the sour cream. The only strange thing I found was that the end taste of each chip was slightly reminiscent of eating mashed potatoes. There’s nothing wrong with that. I love mashed potatoes. It was just an unexpected flavor to come across when eating a bag of chips. Overall though, these are pretty good.
My absolute favorite of the flavors is the BBQ. When you take a big crunchy bite of these bad boys, you won’t even realize you are eating a protein chip. These taste so good! They have that special pop and zip flavor that you have come to expect from a BBQ flavored chip. The people at Quest really hit it out of the park on this particular bag of protein chips. I love this flavor so much that when my husband asked if he could try the protein chips we got, I wouldn’t give him the BBQ flavor! I would highly recommend giving this particular flavor a try!
Here’s the run down on these chips: low carb, gluten free, ingredients that are real food, baked not fried, no soy, low calories, and taste good. So who needs these as a gift? The obvious recipients are those already on low carb/calorie diets. If you get them some chips they can actually eat without feeling guilty, they will love you! Other people you may not have considered are diabetics. They have to be very cautious about their sugar intake and carbohydrates are a big culprit on the sugar front. I can’t wait to surprise my dad with these! He’s pre-diabetic and restricting his carbs in an effort to control his insulin levels with diet rather than medication. I am sure there is someone you know who would be thrilled to receive such a thoughtful gift, especially at this time of year when food is so prominent and at the same time frequently loaded with carbs. To treat that special person in your life to Quest Protein Chips, visit Quest Nutrition here.
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