Category: Protein Snack Reviews


Kitchen Table Bakers – ParmCrips – Oven Baked – Aged Parmesan


Cal: 100 | Fat: 7g | Carb: <1g | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Protein: 9g (Aged Parmesan flavor)

Ingredients: Parmesan Cheese

I saw someone suggest these on a weight loss site and thought I’d give them a try. They are very good. I would give them a 9 out of 10 (for me) as a protein snack. I have always liked those little crispy bits of cheese that happen to get overcooked in a pan. These crisps tastes just like that. Basically, I’m guessing, they put piles of Parmesan on a pan (or conveyor belt) and run it through an oven and simply melt it. So, if you like Parmesan and you’re looking for a crunch without the carbs and with rather low calories, this is it. This big bag costs around $9 at Sam’s. But, trust me, they are so rich, you only need 10 or so for a serving. This bag should last me a while. Plus, it’s a cheese based snack, which of course is pricier than a potato based snack.

 

Smackers – Peanut Butter


Cal: 180 | Fat: 9g | Carb: 21g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Protein: 5g

I was honestly wondering if I would even review this bar since I liked the caramel peanut flavor so much, I thought it would basically handle the review for both. I was wrong. This is definitely not my favorite bar. It has a much more “diety” sweet flavor to it compared to the caramel peanut bar. I can eat just about anything, but even I could only finish 1/4 of this bar before I tossed it. The stats of this bar are worse than the caramel version as well. The only reason I finished the 1/4 of the bar, honestly, was so it was easier to enter into my calorie tracker (FatSecret). This bar may be good for someone out there, but it’s not for me.

 

Harvest Snaps


Cal: 120 | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 180 | Carbs: 15g | Sugar: 1g | Protein: 5g

All products vary, so I have provided stats for the Tomato Basil for example only.

 

I gave these Harvest Snaps a try today. Apparently they have more than the 4 flavors I pictured here, but these were the flavors available at the store I visited. I would definitely purchase the Tomato Basil and the Caesar again. They both had nice full flavors. The Tomato Basil, for a lack of a better description had a slight pizza flavor to it. The Caesar snaps tasted like a very light crouton from a Caesar salad. The Lightly Salted crisps were not bad, they just had little flavor. So, if you’re not a fan of strong flavors, this may be the snap for you. Onion Thyme… apparently I’m not a fan of Thyme. If you like Thyme, you may like these. Personally…. not my favorite.

 

 

Smackers – Carmel Peanut


Cal: 170 | Fat: 8g | Carb: 19g | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 12g | Protein: 8g

Well, you might be able to tell from the picture, but I couldn’t even get out of the parking lot before I broke this thing open. And, it.was.good! Kind of a low protein return for the amount of sugar, so I would eat this all the time, but man-o-man, I would have no problem eating this now and then as a protein treat for sure! It was pretty darn close to a Snickers bar. I would buy a case of these, but I’d have to leave them somewhere away from home or I’d probably eat the entire box in a week. If you get a chance, and you like Snickers, I’d say to give this a go.

Quest Protein Chips


Cal: 130 | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 210mg | Potassium: 50mg | Carbs: 4g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0g | Protein: 21g  (Chedder & Sour Cream Flavor)

I’ve seen these on the shelf, but have avoided them simply because I don’t want to find a “snack” and go back to eating willy nilly. However, my daughter wanted to try them, so we picked them up. If you need a crunch and are watching your carbs, this may be a solution for you. I probably won’t buy them again, I’m not a fan personally. The cheese version was “OK”, but the onion chips are VERY oniony, possibly too much so.
  

Quest Cereal Protein Bars


Cal: 110 | Fat: 4.5g | Sodium: 170mg | Carbs: 17g | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Protein: 12g

Walking through my local GNC store the other day I spotted a new product, the Quest Cereal Bars. I definitely like “regular” cereal bars, so I had to give these a try. They are good! My favorite would be the waffle bar. You open it up an immediately you can smell the syrup and butter smells coming from the bar. The texture is right on target with most cereal bars on the market. Apparently they use Allulose to sweeten these bars, so you can tell it’s not sugar, but it’s not bad (to me anyway). I think my second favorite would be the cinnamon roll, followed by the chocolate flavor. The chocolate flavor really reminds me of eating a bar made completely of the outside cracker portion of an Oreo cookie. And, at 110 calories, it’s going to be one of the lowest protein treat/breakfast items you’ll find on the market. Personally, I like to combine the Quest Cereal Protein Bar with my TruSource Protein Java to have a 210 calorie, 28g protein breakfast.