Mint on my Mind: Mint Power Crunch vs. Quest Nutrition Mint Chocolate Chunk

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Let me preface this review by saying I am not a big fan of mint, except when combined with chocolate and in limited quantities. Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream or an Andes thin mint candy now and then are few and far between, but when I couldn’t get a hold of the Quest nutrition, Mint Chocolate Chunk bar due to high demand and limited quantity I decided to pick up the Power Crunch Mint Chocolate Bar and give it a go.

The first thing I noticed about the bar was the smell; it had a strong, minty, smell not overly excessive but pronounced. The next thing I noticed was it’s appearance, unlike many protein bars out there Power Crunch is just that crunchy, it has a wafer like texture similar to that of a Kit Kat or those wafer cookies many of us ate as children. The layers are covered in a thin layer of chocolate and no trace or color of mint is present.

The bar itself is has a strong mint flavor but a dry sandpaper like texture. As far as the nutritious nature of the bar, for one bar it packs 205 calories, 13 grams of fat, 10 grams of carbs and 13 grams of Protein, for those on a low –carb diet this is a good option for pre-or post workout snack on the go. The price for the Power Crunch bar is also reasonable you can find them on sale at retailers like GNC and The Vitamin Shoppe for $1.99. In comparison is Quest Nutrition’s newest and long awaited flavor Double Chocolate Chunk.

Quest Nutrition’s reputation for making quality protein bars with good flavor and balanced in carbs and protein is evident, however, I think there marketing tactics and sales approach leave much to be desire. They seem to take forever to get their products into stores, yet splatter and inundate social media with ads for their products which I think in turn alienates customers versus creating further demand for the product and although Quest does offer their newest products online once their “ Unveiled” I find it pointless to order a product you’ve never tried online and pay shipping especially for one bar, it’s crazy and I won’t do it. I ‘ve said it before and I’ll say it again, but I think Quest should create combo boxes such as a Chocolate Lover’s box, that includes, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Cookies and Cream, Double Chocolate Chunk, Chocolate Brownie, Chocolate Peanut Butter, and Mint Chocolate Chunk, as well as another box with fruit based creations, such as Strawberry Cheesecake, Banana Nut, Peanut Butter and Jelly, etc. However, I digress; rant over back to my review.

Quest’s Mint Chocolate Chunk protein bar comes in at 190 calories, 9 grams of fat 21 carb and 20 Protein. Although higher in carbs and protein it is a great option as a post workout snack and trumps Power crunch on calorie and fat content as well as flavor.

The texture and flavor of Quest’s bar is typical of Quest, soft, chewy almost soft cookie like texture and you can see as well as smell the ingredients in the bar. The bar had a good balance of mint and chocolate chunks, and a subtle mint flavor though I would have liked a bit more but it did taste like a Girl Scout thin mint cookie and was of the quality, texture and flavor expected of a company like Quest. Of all the flavors I’ve tried Thus far, from Quest this is definitely part of my top 5. The price however like many of the Quest products is a bit pricey $2.50 per bar. Although both bars are equally good and it really depends on your personal preference and price point for this battle my vote goes to Quest. I’d love to know your thoughts and what you think? What are some of your favorites? Leave a comment below.

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Treats and Cheats

Changing your diet and lifestyle is hard and sometimes you have to give up or swap out to stay on track here are some of my favorite treats and cheats, that I won’t compromise on my diet.

Treats

1) Mary Gone Crackers- Gluten free it comes in a variety of flavors but my favorites are Italian herb and Jalepeno. The company also makes pretzels as well as cookies, though I haven’t tried them yet I plan too.

2) Wholly Guacamole- I like the convenient 100 calorie pack because I can choose to eat the whole serving as a snack or use a TBSP or two on eggs or sandwiches in place of mayo.

3) Kind Bars- These are one of my favorite post workout snacks or a meal on the go. They come in a variety of flavors but I am partial to anything crunchy so I go for the nut based bars. My favorite flavors are Dark Chocolate Almond and Sea salt, Dark Chocolate Chili Almond. http://www.kindsnacks.com/

4) If I need ice cream, though I try to stay away I go with the Skinny Cow brand its 150 per sandwich or bar. My favorite is the mint flavored ice cream sandwich.

5) PB2- I love peanut butter, almond butter etc, so when I discovered this powdered peanut butter brand it was great to have a peanut butter taste without the guilt and half the calories.

6) Maple Syrup- Trader’s Joe’s Grade Maple syrup is used when I have pancakes or need a touch of sweetness.

7) Quest Peanut Butter Cup- This Protein Peanut Butter cup is so good and satisfys any chocolate craving however with 2 cups being 240 calories I have one a day or split it with a friend. I also love their protein bars Chocolate Brownie and Chocolate Cookie dough are favorites though Cookies and cream looks really good but I haven’t had a chance to try it yet. They also have a line of pastas that look good but I haven’t tried those either. Looking to do so in the future if they make it in stores. http://www.questnutrition.com/

 

Cheats

2% regular milk in my coffee because Almond Milk doesn’t work well or taste as good.

Regular Pancake syrup- If all natural maple syrup is not available I use the regular stuff sugar free anything with splenda leaves an aftertaste in my mouth.

Jelly- On the occasion that I use Jelly I use the regular stuff sparingly again it’s all about the taste.

Hamburger Bun- If I am eating a burger not eating bread is not an option so I will either use a hamburger bug with the inside taken out, a Thomas 100 calorie Bagel Thin or Thomas light English Muffin.

 

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