Whether you have just started in your fitness journey, or you have been a junkie for many years, allow me to share one of the main pieces of advice I’d 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 is not 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 fortunately, lots of food trends and products have made it feasible to consume clean (or at least cleaner) without sacrificing the taste.
Why Protein Bars Built Bar 30 Off
My goals involve fat loss and muscle toning, which means I have had to take the painful fact I must watch my carbs, sugar, and fat consumption, whilst keeping a pretty 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 problem. If there’s anything I am thankful for, it is that I do not mind the exercise at all. The sweat, the soreness, the sensation of getting faster and stronger with every movement: I live for it.
Then there is the post-WOD struggle of wanting to consume double my body weight. Facepalm. I need my dessert. I want my midday snacks. What’s a girl to do? The only real answer is finding a healthy alternative for all my cravings.
This is where protein bars come in handy, supposedly. I’ve 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 advertised as “guilt-free,” only to reveal a great deal of fats or sugar in their nutritional fine print. How. Dare. You. I would’ve been better off having a genuine cheesecake.
Built Bar 30 Off
Introduction to Built Bar
Enter a new kid on the block. I’d 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 purchased directly from their website, 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 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 $38, that comes out to just a little more than $2 per bar. Sounded like a bargain to me! The box may have up to 3 distinct flavors, letting me try out 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 chose 3 other flavors I had not 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 Built Bar 30 Off
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 immediately looked at the ingredients and nearly cried with joy: it WAS real, dark chocolate, and this is something that’s not typical in most 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, because they taste like real fruit and none of those artificial, supplement-y kinds. 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 extremely satisfied. By taste alone, I’m a Built Bar believer!
Texture Built Bar 30 Off
So one of the qualities I discriminate by when selecting a baris the texture. Those that get overly hard are a pain to eat, and those that are chalky are unpalatable. When 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 minute )!
Nutritional Values Built Bar 30 Off
As much as I resented those fake-healthy barsI mentioned previously, I was equal amounts of impressed with the detail and care that Built Bar placed into their products.
The business boasts they’re serious about nutrition, and that reflected in the ingredients that they opted to exclude and put in their own bars. Each bar provides whey protein, which has a complete amino acid profile, but they’ve eliminated the elements 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, 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 am happy to report that Built Bars have the lowest calorie count among all of the best brands in the marketplace. 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 genuinely 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 wonderful 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 larger 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 price down to about $1.76.
Delivery 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 have not expressed how much I love it, I am throwing in some excess FAQ for any of you who are still on the border.
FAQ Built Bar 30 Off
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 that 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 their 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 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 am left with 17 bars from the BYOB?
To begin with, you must 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 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 do not accept refunds, they do trades, and then you’ll receive flavors that you’ll 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 advise lugging them around with you on a hot day; they have to be kept at room temperature. But if you wish to try eating them like I do, eat them cold, 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 on our individual objectives, so try to see how this fits into your regimen.
Do they provide other products? Built Bar 30 Off
Yes, they have vitamin blends called 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 searching for a protein bar to try, consider this option for next time. I love it and hope you will, too.