Whether you’ve just started on your fitness journey, or you’ve been a junkie for several years, let me share one of the main pieces of advice I had ever been given: meeting your goals relies on the ratio of 75% diet and 25% exercise. The numbers differ in some iterations of the 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 is not balanced, do not 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 other than eating it?! (Someone’s getting mad here). But fortunately, so many food trends and products have made it possible to consume clean (or at least cleaner) without sacrificing the flavor.
Why Protein Bars Bar Built Into Closet
My goals involve fat loss and muscle toning, so I have had to take the painful truth that I have to watch my carbs, sugar, and fat consumption, whilst keeping a fairly good amount of protein in my diet. For somebody like me, with an insatiable sweet tooth, this was/is the hardest adjustment of all. The physical training isn’t, and hasn’t been, my issue. If there’s anything I’m 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 eat 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 many of my cravings.
This 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, 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 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 had 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 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 bit more than $2 per bar. Sounded like a bargain to me! The box may have up to 3 distinct flavors, allowing me to try out some of their 15 flavors in total. And like I said, I can get quite extra, so I ordered two boxes in that 1st purchase. Naturally, I picked 3 other flavors I hadn’t chosen 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 Built Into Closet
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 immediately 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 complete opposite, and absolutely love fruit together with chocolate. My favorite flavors include the strawberry, banana, and coconut chocolate crèmes, since they taste like fruit and none of those artificial, supplement-y kinds. Having said that, I can vouch for the other 6 variants with no fruit, also. 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 2. 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 Built Into Closet
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 those 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 childhood. 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 Into Closet
As much as I resented those fake-healthy barsI mentioned earlier, I had been equal amounts of impressed by the detail and care that Built Bar put into their products.
The company boasts that they are serious about nutrition, and that reflected in the ingredients that they opted to exclude and put 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 have chosen erythritol and glycerine for their own sweeteners, 2 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 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 not 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 marketplace. At only 110 calories, 15 g of protein, and only 7 g of net carbs, 4 g of sugar, and 4 g of fat, they could genuinely claim to be a guilt-free snack or meal replacement. Nobody can be angry about these numbers. In fact, Weight Watchers rejoice, as 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 bigger percentage off your final 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.
Delivery is free on USPS priority over the US, and arrives in a reasonable amount of time, considering they’re 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’m a Built Bar enthusiast, and if I haven’t expressed how much I love it, I am throwing in some excess FAQ for some of you who are still on the border.
FAQ Bar Built Into Closet
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’ve 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 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 am left with 17 bars from the BYOB?
To begin with, you have to try more than one flavor. I don’t like all the fun-sized variants in those 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 may contact their customer service within 14 days and request a refund, but they only entertain this for 1st-time buyers. While they don’t accept refunds, they do exchanges, and hopefully then you will 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 lugging them around with you on a hot day; they have to be kept at least room temperature. But if you want to try eating them like I do, eat them straight from the fridge.
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 on our individual objectives, so try to see how this fits into your regimen.
Do they offer other products? Bar Built Into Closet
Yes, they have 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, consider this option for next time. I really like it and hope you will, too.