Whether you have just started on your fitness journey, or you have been a junkie for many years, let me share one of the most important 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 the principle — 70-30 or 80-20 — but essentially 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’s like having your cake and eating it too; which I’ve never understood, because what else is there to do with cake aside from eating it?! (Someone’s getting mad here). But luckily, lots of food trends and products have made it possible to eat clean (or at least cleaner) without sacrificing the flavor.
Why Protein Bars Bar Built Around a Tree
My goals involve fat loss and muscle toning, so I have had to take the painful fact that I must watch my carbs, sugar, and fat intake, whilst keeping a fairly good quantity of protein in my diet. For somebody like me, who has an insatiable sweet tooth, this was/is the hardest adjustment of all. The physical training is not, and hasn’t been, my issue. 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 feeling of getting stronger and faster with every movement: I live for it.
Then there’s the post-WOD struggle of wanting to consume double my body weight. Facepalm. I want my dessert. I want my midday snacks. What is a girl to do? The only real answer is finding a healthy alternative for all my cravings.
This 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 phase, but the really terrible ones were those that were promoted as “guilt-free,” only to reveal a large amount of fats or sugar in their nutritional fine print. How. Dare. You. I would’ve been better off with 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 bought directly from their site, which I’m totally fine with because nobody wants a protein bar that’s been sitting on a shelf for months. Since I’m 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 don’t 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 distinct flavors, letting me try out some of their 15 flavors in total. And like I said, I could get really extra, so I got two boxes in that 1st purchase. Naturally, I chose 3 other flavors I had not picked 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 Bar Built Around a Tree
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 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 aren’t 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 strawberry, banana, and coconut chocolate crèmes, because they taste like 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 does not feel neglected and is extremely satisfied. By taste alone, I am a Built Bar believer!
Texture Bar Built Around a Tree
So one of the qualities I discriminate by when choosing a baris the texture. Those that get too hard are a pain to chew, and those that are chalky are unpalatable. While I eat those, I feel like I’m being penalized 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 those dipped ice cream cones of my youth. I can’t stress enough how content I feel when I sink my teeth into one (considering it this very moment)!
Nutritional Values Bar Built Around a Tree
As much as I resented those fake-healthy barsI mentioned previously, I had been equal amounts of impressed by the care and detail that Built Bar placed into their products.
The business boasts that they are serious about nutrition, and that really 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 have eliminated the elements of casein and lactose, which typically cause reactions in several 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 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.
Regrettably, 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 not experience this treat.
For the macro counters, I’m happy to report that Built Bars have the lowest calorie count among all of 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 grams of fat, they could actually claim to be a guilt-free snack or meal replacement. No one can be mad about these numbers. In fact, Weight Watchers rejoice, as these only count for 3 WW points.
Price 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 heap on the discounts, like adding extra items to cart will shave a bigger percentage off your final checkout sum.
They also have a sample box with 10 unique flavors (only available for 1st timers, which I didn’t know about earlier ), that bring each bar’s cost 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 after production. I’m all for it if that means fresh goodies for me.
You can probably tell I am a Built Bar enthusiast, and if I haven’t expressed how much I really like it, I am throwing in some excess FAQ for some of you who are still on the boundary.
FAQ Bar Built Around a Tree
What are the other flavors of Built Bar?
So glad you asked. They vary their offerings every so often, possibly 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 current flavors (or the last ones I purchased ) 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 founder and 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 consuming.
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 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 only entertain this for 1st-time buyers. While they do not accept refunds, they do exchanges, and then you will receive flavors that you’ll love as much as I do.
Do they melt?
Yes, exactly 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 least room temperature. But if you wish to try eating them like I do, eat them cold, straight from the fridge.
Does it 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 learn how this fits into your regimen.
Do they offer other products? Bar Built Around a Tree
Yes, they’ve vitamin blends known as Built Boost that include 11 essential vitamins, 3 plant extracts, and the max amount of vitamins B2 and B6. They’re a great supplement for a healthier lifestyle.
If you’re looking for a protein bar to try, think about this option for next time. I love it and hope you will, too.