Whether you’ve just started on your fitness journey, or you have been a junkie for many years, let me share one of the main pieces of advice I had ever been given: achieving your goals relies on the ratio of 75% diet and 25% exercise. The numbers differ in certain iterations of this principle — 70-30 or 80-20 — but it teaches the same lesson. No matter how hard you work out, if the food you put into your body isn’t balanced, don’t expect any positive changes. I guess it is like having your cake and eating it too; which I have never understood, because what else is there to do with cake other than eating it?! (Someone’s getting mad here). But luckily, lots of food trends and products have made it possible to consume clean (or at least cleaner) without sacrificing the taste.
Why Protein Bars 1930 Built Bar San Antonio Texas
My goals involve fat loss and muscle toning, so I’ve had to accept the painful truth I have to watch my carbs, sugar, and fat intake, whilst keeping a fairly good amount of protein in my diet. For someone like me, who has an insatiable sweet tooth, this was/is the hardest adjustment of all. The physical training isn’t, and has never been, my problem. If there’s anything I am thankful for, it is that I do not mind the exercise in any respect. The sweat, the soreness, the sensation of becoming stronger and faster with every movement: I live for this.
Then there’s the post-WOD struggle of wanting to consume double my body weight. Facepalm. I need my dessert. I would like my midday snacks. What is a girl to do? The only real answer is finding a wholesome alternative for many of my cravings.
Here is where protein bars come in. I’ve tried them all, and when I say all, I mean I have had some pretty decent ones, some rock hard ones, some chalky, some that tasted like medicine, and some that tasted like cardboard. Even those, I tolerated for a time, but the really terrible ones were those that were promoted as “guilt-free,” only to reveal a large amount of sugar or fats in their nutrient fine print. How. Dare. You. I would’ve been better off having an actual cheesecake.
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Introduction to Built Bar
Enter a new kid on the block. I’d been hearing a buzz about Built Bar from buddies (is this an alliteration or what), and I knew I had to try it. They can only be purchased directly from their website, which I am totally fine with because no one wants a protein bar that’s been sitting on a shelf for months. Since I am the type to go all out or nothing at all, I decided to avail of the BYOB or Build Your Own Built Bar Box. I never shy away from savings, and with 18 bars to my own $38, that comes out to only a little more than $2 per bar. Sounded like a deal to me! The box can have up to 3 different flavors, allowing me to try some of their 15 variants in total. And like I said, I can get really extra, so I got two boxes in that 1st purchase. Naturally, I picked 3 other flavors I had not chosen yet, leaving me with 9 left to try for next time (and believe me, I’ve had my “next times” several times over by now).
The Hype Was Real 1930 Built Bar San Antonio Texas
The 1st win for me when I took a bite was that I could have sworn it was real chocolate that coated the entire bar. I quickly looked at the ingredients and nearly cried with joy: it WAS real, dark chocolate, and this is something that’s not common in the majority of the competition.
If you aren’t a fan of fruit and chocolate combos, be warned. I am the complete opposite, and absolutely love fruit together with chocolate. My favorite flavors include the strawberry, banana, and coconut chocolate crèmes, since they taste like real fruit and none of those artificial, supplement-y types. That said, I can vouch for the other 6 variants without fruit, also. The people at Built Bar thought this through and have made something for everyone: just good’ol classic dessert goodness like double chocolate mousse and peanut butter, to name my top 2. In case I haven’t made myself clear, my sweet tooth doesn’t feel neglected and is extremely satisfied. By taste alone, I’m a Built Bar believer!
Texture 1930 Built Bar San Antonio Texas
So one of the qualities I discriminate by when selecting a baris the texture. The ones that get too hard are a pain to chew, and the ones that are chalky are unpalatable. While I eat those, I feel like I am being penalized to eat better.
Built Bar has the most unique, marshmallow texture that reminds me of a popular chocolate bar that I used to devour as a child. Soft and fluffy on the inside, with a crackling outer shell reminiscent of these dipped ice cream cones of my youth. I can not stress enough how content I feel when I sink my teeth into one (thinking about it this very moment)!
Nutritional Values 1930 Built Bar San Antonio Texas
As much as I resented those fake-healthy barsI mentioned earlier, I was equal amounts of impressed by the detail and care that Built Bar put into their products.
The company boasts they’re serious about nutrition, which reflected in the ingredients they opted to put and exclude in their bars. Each bar provides whey protein, which has a complete amino acid profile, but they’ve eliminated the components of casein and lactose, which typically cause reactions in several of people. They’ve chosen erythritol and glycerine for their sweeteners, 2 of the healthier options that have little to no side effects, while keeping the bars moist and delicious. The soluble fiber in every bar is maltodextrin, which not only contributes to the yummy texture I gushed about, but is also known to increase health benefits. There are no nuts nor soy in their products, so this is safe for those with allergies. Last but definitely not the least, may I repeat, REAL CHOCOLATE. ‘Nuff said.
Unfortunately, whey protein and another ingredient, gelatin, fall under the category of non-vegan and non-vegetarian, in addition to non-halal and non-kosher. My heart goes out to you people who can’t experience this treat.
For the macro counters, I’m delighted to report that Built Bars have the lowest calorie count among all the best brands in the market. At only 110 calories, 15 g of protein, and only 7 grams of net carbs, 4 g of sugar, and 4 g of fat, they could actually claim to be a guilt-free snack or meal replacement. Nobody can be angry about these numbers. In actuality, Weight Watchers rejoice, since these only count for 3 WW points.
Cost and Shipping
I have touched on this earlier, as I recounted my initial order, but another superb thing about Built Bars is that the more you buy, the more you save. They have deals that pile on the discounts, like adding additional items to cart will shave a larger percentage off your closing checkout sum.
They also have a sample box with 10 different flavors (only available for 1st timers, which I did not know about before), that bring each bar’s price down to about $1.76.
Shipping is free on USPS priority within the united states, and arrives in a reasonable amount of time, considering they are all shipped 2-4 days after production. I am all for it if that means freshly made goodies for me.
You can probably tell I am a Built Bar fanatic, and if I haven’t expressed how much I love it, I’m throwing in some extra FAQ for some of you who are still on the border.
FAQ 1930 Built Bar San Antonio Texas
Which are the other flavors of Built Bar?
So glad you asked. They change their offerings every so often, maybe to keep giving us die-hards something new, or to deal with market demands. However, from the last time I checked, here are a few of their existing flavors (or the last ones I ordered) along with their macros.
Double Chocolate Mousse — 110 calories, 15g protein, 4g fat, 6g fiber, 4g sugar
Vanilla Chocolate Creme — 110 calories, 15g protein, 4g fat, 6g fiber, 4g sugar
Raspberry Chocolate Creme — 110 calories, 15g protein, 4g fat, 6g fiber, 4g sugar
Orange Chocolate Creme — 110 calories, 15g protein, 4g fat, 6g fiber, 4g sugar
Coconut Chocolate Creme — 110 calories, 15g protein, 4g fat, 6g fiber, 4g sugar
Black Cherry Chocolate Creme — 110 calories, 15g protein, 4g fat, 6g fiber, 4g sugar
Banana Chocolate Creme — 110 calories, 15g protein, 4g fat, 6g fiber, 4g sugar
Salted Caramel Chocolate — 110 calories, 15g protein, 4g fat, 6g fiber, 4g sugar
Coconut Almond — 130 calories, 18g protein, 5g fat, 7g fiber, 3g sugar
Peanut Butter — 170 calories, 20g protein, 7g fiber, 7g fat, 3g sugar
Banana Nut Bread — 150 calories, 18g protein, 5g fat, 6g fiber, 5g sugar
Peanut Butter Brownie — 170 calories, 20g protein, 7g fat, 7g fiber, 3g sugar
Mint Brownie Delite — 110 calories, 15g protein, 4g fat, 6g fiber, 4g sugar
How sure are we that these are healthy?
I have detailed most of the ingredients above. Still, another reason to trust the business is because its creator and developer has a PhD in molecular chemistry and has an impressive reputation. Fun fact? He makes the chocolate himself, from cocoa beans.
Are there any side effects?
Personally, none for me. In case you have allergies, please thoroughly check the ingredients before eating.
What if I don’t like how it tastes, and I’m left with 17 bars from the BYOB?
First of all, you have to try more than one flavor. I don’t like all the fun-sized versions in those commercial, chocolate party packs, but I found those that I love by trying them all (well, no one asked me to…)
Second, they actually have a Built Taste Guarantee. You may get in touch with their customer service within 14 days and request a refund, but they solely entertain this for 1st-time buyers. While they don’t accept refunds, they do trades, and then you’ll get flavors that you will love as much as I do.
Do they melt?
Yes, just like chocolate and other foods that aren’t laden with synthetic substances. I wouldn’t advise lugging them around with you on a hot day; they need to be kept at room temperature. But if you wish to try eating them like I do, eat them straight from the refrigerator.
Does it work?
If you mean has it suppressed my sweet cravings and given me a healthier snack alternative, definitely. I feel fuller for longer, and gives me a boost of energy for my workouts. Then again, it really depends upon our individual goals, so try to see how this fits into your regimen.
Do they provide other products? 1930 Built Bar San Antonio Texas
Yes, they’ve vitamin blends known as Built Boost that include 11 essential vitamins, 3 plant extracts, and the maximum amount of vitamins B2 and B6. They’re a great supplement for a healthier lifestyle.
If you’re searching for a protein bar to try, think about this option for next time. I love it and hope you will, too.