Whether you have just started on your fitness journey, or you’ve been a junkie for many years, let me share one of the main pieces of advice I had ever been given: meeting your goals depends upon the ratio of 75% diet and 25% exercise. The numbers differ in some 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, do not expect any positive changes. I guess it’s 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 fortunately, so many food trends and products have made it feasible to consume clean (or at least cleaner) without sacrificing the taste.
Why Protein Bars Bar Builder
My goals involve fat loss and muscle toning, so I’ve had to take the painful fact I must watch my carbs, sugar, and fat consumption, whilst keeping a fairly good quantity of protein in my diet. For someone like me, with an insatiable sweet tooth, this was/is the most difficult adjustment of all. The physical training isn’t, and has never been, my issue. If there’s anything I am thankful for, it is that I don’t mind the exercise in any respect. The sweat, the soreness, the sensation of getting faster and stronger with every movement: I live for this.
Then there’s the post-WOD struggle of wanting to consume double my body weight. Facepalm. I want my dessert. I would like my midday snacks. What’s 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 handy, supposedly. I have tried them all, and when I say all, I mean I’ve had some pretty decent ones, some rock hard ones, some chalky, a few 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 nutritional fine print. How. Dare. You. I would’ve been better off with a genuine cheesecake.
Introduction to Built Bar
Enter a new kid on the block. I had been hearing a buzz about Built Bar from friends (is this an alliteration or what), and I knew I had to try it. They can only be bought 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 kind 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 $38, that comes out to just a little more than $2 per bar. Sounded like a deal to me! The box can have up to 3 distinct flavors, allowing me to try some of their 15 flavors in total. And like I said, I could get really extra, so I ordered two boxes in that 1st purchase. Naturally, I picked 3 other flavors I hadn’t picked yet, leaving me with 9 left to try for next time (and believe me, I have had my “next times” several times over by now).
The Hype Was Real Bar Builder
The 1st win for me when I took a bite was that I could’ve sworn it was chocolate that coated the entire bar. I quickly looked at the ingredients and almost cried with joy: it WAS real, dark chocolate, and this is something that’s not common in the majority of the competition.
If you are not a fan of fruit and chocolate combos, be warned. I am the total opposite, and absolutely love fruit together with chocolate. My favorite flavors include the banana, strawberry, and coconut chocolate crèmes, since they taste like fruit and none of those artificial, supplement-y types. Having said that, I can vouch for the other 6 variants with no fruit, as well. The guys 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 two. In case I haven’t made myself clear, my sweet tooth doesn’t feel neglected and is very satisfied. By taste alone, I am a Built Bar believer!
Texture Bar Builder
So one of the qualities I discriminate by when choosing a baris the texture. The ones that get overly hard are a pain to eat, and the ones that are chalky are unpalatable. When I eat those, I feel like I’m being punished to eat better.
Built Bar has the most unique, marshmallow texture that reminds me of a favorite 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’t stress enough how content I feel when I sink my teeth into one (thinking about it this very minute )!
Nutritional Values Bar Builder
As much as I resented those fake-healthy barsI mentioned earlier, I had been equal amounts of impressed with the care and detail that Built Bar placed into their products.
The company boasts that they are serious about nutrition, and that really reflected in the ingredients that they chose 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 a number of people. They’ve chosen erythritol and glycerine for their own sweeteners, two of the healthier options that have little to no side effects, while keeping the bars moist and flavorful. 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 who have 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, as well as non-halal and non-kosher. My heart goes out to you people who can’t experience this treat.
For the macro counters, I am 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 mad about these numbers. In actuality, Weight Watchers rejoice, since these only count for 3 WW points.
Price and Shipping
I’ve 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 earlier ), that bring each bar’s price down to about $1.76.
Shipping is free on USPS priority within the US, and arrives in a reasonable amount of time, considering they’re all shipped 2-4 days following production. I’m all for it if that means freshly made goodies for me.
You can probably tell I’m a Built Bar enthusiast, and if I haven’t expressed how much I love it, I’m throwing in some excess FAQ for some of you who are still on the boundary.
FAQ Bar Builder
What 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 address market demands. However, from the last time I checked, here are a few of their current 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. However, another reason to trust the company is because its creator and developer has a PhD in molecular chemistry and has an impressive reputation. Fun fact? He even makes the chocolate himself, from cocoa beans.
Are there any side effects?
Personally, none for me. If 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 must try more than one flavor. Even I don’t like all the fun-sized variants in these commercial, chocolate party packs, but I found the ones I love by trying them all (well, nobody asked me to…)
Second, they actually have a Built Taste Guarantee. You can contact 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 exchanges, and hopefully then you’ll receive flavors that you will love as much as I do.
Can they melt?
Yes, just like chocolate and other foods that are not laden with synthetic substances. I wouldn’t recommend putting them around with you on a hot day; they need to be kept at least room temperature. But if you want to try eating them like I do, eat them cold, straight from the fridge.
Does this work?
If you mean has it curbed 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? Bar Builder
Yes, they’ve vitamin blends called 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 healthy 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.