I’m trying to find protein bars that I like so that I have something quick to grab in a pinch. After I try a small variety, I’ll do a round-up of what I liked and didn’t.
Quest Bar – Cookies and Cream
This is my third try at Quest Bars, and frankly it’s going to be my last. I just can’t eat them – they’re awful! I even turned this one into cookies to see if it would help.
The cookies smelled delicious – like actual fresh baked cookies. YUM. So then I got excited. But when I tried it…. *sigh* If the cinnamon roll one tasted like baby tears and sadness, this one tastes marginally better – like toddler tears and despair.
DOWN WITH QUEST BARS.
Fitjoy – Mint Chocolate
Why is it that everything I like to smell just tastes so damn bad?
I opened this one and was instantly greeted by the smell of Thin Mints. I was CERTAIN I was going to love this bar.
I was wrong.
I took two bites and never finished the bar. *sigh* How am I ever going to get my protein in if all of the bars taste like this crap?
Clif Builder’s Bar – Chocolate
This is the most underwhelming bar I’ve tried to date. It’s not awful. But it’s certainly not good. The only thing it has going for it is that it gives you different textures than you generally see in a protein bar – it’s layered like a candy bar. But it has a bit of a weird taste. Something about it is just… off. And it makes me not want to eat anymore.
Oh Yeah! ONE Bar – Cinnamon Roll
Compared to the Quest Cinnamon Roll one, this was HEAVENLY. I actually ate the whole bar (as 2 meals on 2 different days). It’s been awhile since I’ve done that with a bar that isn’t ThinkThin. I would get this again – and I want to try other flavors. I could have sworn I bought a birthday cake flavored one, but I don’t remember trying it and it’s not in my stash. Maybe I dreamed it? That would be sad – dreaming about protein bars!
Lenny & Larry’s Complete Cookie – Peanut Butter
Do I really have to tell you how much I loved this? Didn’t think so.
Lenny & Larry’s Complete Cookie – Snickerdoodle
Snickerdoodles are my all time favorite cookie in the real world. This wasn’t as good as homemade, but it was damn good.
Lenny & Larry’s Complete Cookie – Double Chocolate Chunk
What is this? The Lenny & Larry show??
Shockingly enough, this wasn’t amazing as the other cookies have been. I would probably not buy this one again. It’s got a dryer texture, and there’s just something weird about how it’s sweetened. It’s a very solid “meh” – which means I don’t need it since there are such amazing options as Peanut Butter, Snickerdoodle, and Birthday Cake.
No surprise here – it’s Lenny & Larry again! I’ve heard grumblings from some folks who complain about these cookies and suggest you should just eat regular cookies instead, given the amount of calories/fat/carbs/sugar that are in these. And those folks aren’t entirely wrong.
I’m not going to get 8g of protein out of a Chips Ahoy, now am I?
On a side note: I’ve decided to make a list ranking all of the products I’ve tried. That way I don’t have to keep looking for these posts to help me remember! Make sure you look for it in the near future!
Today is 17 weeks post-op (my surgery was on a Wednesday), but my official 4-month Surgiversary is on Saturday the 15th.
HAPPY 4 MONTH SURGIVERSARY TO ME!
And I just have to say – man, is my body changing! Have you ever looked at one of your body parts and just thought “that’s not mine!” ? It happens to me a lot now. I look at my knees, or thighs, or arms, or neck and just freak out because this isn’t the body I’ve had for the last umpteen years.
And it’s GLORIOUS.
I’m down from a size 22 in jeans to a size 16. My TC leggings from LulaRoe are too big. I can wear normal boots and they actually zip over my calves. THIS IS NOT MY BODY.
And yet, it is.
I have become someone who is in control of her life. I make choices that are the best ones for me and not just because I’m reacting to life around me.
I still see a lot of problem areas, but I’m working on those. After two weeks off, I was back in the studio to work out last night (oh my booty is so sore today!).
One of these days I’m going to have an actual waist, but my belly needs to join the party first. Everything is going down fairly proportionally, which means my belly is still the biggest thing about me. I hate it. I feel like I still look pregnant sometimes (I don’t, but my brain doesn’t always believe that). But if I keep on keeping on, it will go down too.
BUT I HAVE A NECK Y’ALL.
Total Lost Since Surgery: 46.9
Total Lost: 57.9
Total inches lost: 34.75
Potato chips are a weakness of mine. There’s just something about that salty crunch that gives me a happy (not THAT kind of happy – get yer mind out of the gutter!). I would almost always choose potato chips over chocolate. Unless it was chocolate birthday cake.
I had found some WLS friendly chips (low carb, at least) in the Beanitos brand. I was looking for a tortilla chip that I could have guilt-free with some salsa I was craving. Those fit the bill – but they have a negligible amount of protein in them (5g for a full serving, which is generally too big). Because I still struggle to get in enough protein, I basically want everything I put in my mouth to be going towards that protein goal.
Enter Health Wise Protein Chips. I got the variety pack so I could sample the different flavors to see what I liked. Though truthfully – I wasn’t very optimistic. Protein supplements can either be really good or really bad – and it’s usually the latter.
Of course I picked the ranch flavor to try first. Ranch flavored anything is always going to be at the top of my list. The seasoning on the “chips” wasn’t very strong. I’m not sure I would have known it was supposed to be ranch if I hadn’t already known that. The chips themselves reminded me a bit of rice cakes. They had that same crunchy-but-puffed quality that comes from rice cakes. They didn’t taste like protein, which was good. Really, it was just a bit of lightly seasoned crunch. It wasn’t unpleasant. But it certainly doesn’t take the place of a good bag of ranch Doritos. It will, however, satisfy that craving for salty crunch.
Sea Salt & Vinegar
I got REALLY excited when I opened this bag and caught a whiff. It smells exactly like a bag of Lay’s Salt & Vinegar chips.
The flavor profile is a little stronger than the ranch variety, but it still wasn’t very strong. I want the vinegar in my salt & vinegar chips to make my lips raw from eating it – and you won’t get that with these. The chips themselves also had a different texture than the ranch ones. They were closer to kettle cooked chips than rice cakes. Less puff, more crunch. I prefer this texture to the other one. I don’t know if that’s an intentional difference between the flavors (yet) or if it’s just an anomaly in this bag.
I was pleasantly surprised by these. I’m not a big fan of barbecue potato chips, but these are my favorite of the protein chips. They had the same texture as the Salt & Vinegar (more crunchy and less puffed), but the flavor was a very nice and sweet barbecue flavor. The seasoning was much stronger, and there was no question what flavor these were supposed to be. I can definitely see these becoming a regular part of my snack rotation.
All I have to say about these is…
I have to be honest. I didn’t even try these. I don’t like dill pickles. I don’t like dill pickle flavored things. But I feel guilty for writing a review when I didn’t even try them!
Huh. Okay, so these aren’t as bad as those monstrosities masquerading as pizza flavored, but they’re still not good. They do actually taste like dill pickles, but it’s a weird texture for something that tastes like dill pickles. There’s also a weird aftertaste (it’s a pickle aftertaste, not a protein one). If these were the last food item I had in my house, I would eat them. But they would always be a last resort. But if you like dill pickles, these might be just the snack for you!
Up next? Quest Protein Chips reviews…. but considering my history with Quest products so far, don’t expect much!
As I continue down this road towards a happy and healthier me, I am constantly amazed at how often I *am* happy. I spent so many years living in the dark that I forgot what it feels like to live in the light. And this year? This year is all about kicking the dark’s ass.
I am less than two pounds away from being under 200 pounds. This has had such a tremendous effect on, not only my physical wellbeing, but my mental wellbeing too. I am able to do things that were previously filed under “can’t” (example: I’m excited about the prospect of going to the fair this year because I have no concerns at all about being able to fit on a ride). I’m starting to be in a place where I can feel “normal” instead of “other”. I bought two new pairs of boots this year, and neither were wide calf. That may seem like a negligible thing to most people, but for those of us who have lived “fat” it’s a really big deal.
I had my 3-month post-op appointment this week (yes, a few weeks late) and I have finally been cleared for all foods. This means I can eat steak again! What it also means is that without a specific food plan to restrict what I eat, I am wholly responsible for making good choices. Of course, I was wholly responsible before – but I had a written guide for what was allowed and what wasn’t. Technically, I have no restrictions now – but that doesn’t mean I can eat cake and pasta every day. Or even every week. It’s now my responsibility to implement this full lifestyle change and keep on track. And I’m really excited about proving to myself that I can continue to do this.
In other news, I bought a new car this week! New me, new car! I’m a little bit in love with it, and kind of never want to get out of it. It’s a 2016 Toyota Prius Three. Isn’t she beautiful? (I haven’t named her yet though).
So yeah. Life is good.
Total Lost Since Surgery: 42.4
Total Lost: 53.5