Whether you have just started on your fitness journey, or you have been a junkie for several years, allow me to share one of the most important pieces of advice I’d ever been given: achieving 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 essentially 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 have 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 possible to eat clean (or at least cleaner) without sacrificing the taste.
Why Protein Bars Built Bar American
My goals involve fat loss and muscle toning, which means I’ve had to accept the painful fact that I must watch my carbs, sugar, and fat consumption, whilst keeping a pretty 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 has never been, my problem. If there’s anything I’m thankful for, it’s that I don’t mind the exercise in any respect. The sweat, the soreness, the feeling 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 want my dessert. I want my midday snacks. What’s a girl to do? The only real answer is finding a wholesome alternative for all my cravings.
Here is where protein bars come in. 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 phase, but the really terrible ones were those that were advertised 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 having an actual cheesecake.
Built Bar American
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 site, which I am totally fine with because nobody wants a protein bar that has been sitting on a shelf for months. Since I’m 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 don’t shy away from savings, and with 18 bars to my own $38, that comes out to just a little more than $2 per bar. Sounded like a deal 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 quite 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’ve had my “next times” several times over by now).
The Hype Was Real Built Bar American
The 1st win for me when I took a bite was that I could have sworn it was real chocolate that coated the whole 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 the majority of the competition.
If you are not a fan of chocolate and fruit 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 types. Having said that, 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 two. In case I have not 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 American
So one of the qualities I discriminate by when selecting a baris the texture. Those that get too hard are a pain to eat, and the ones 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 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 Built Bar American
As much as I resented those fake-healthy barsI mentioned previously, I had been equal amounts of impressed by the detail and care that Built Bar placed into their products.
The business boasts that they are serious about nutrition, and that reflected in the ingredients that they chose to exclude and put in their own bars. Each bar offers whey protein, which has a complete amino acid profile, but they’ve eliminated the elements 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 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.
Regrettably, 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 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 top 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 genuinely claim to be a guilt-free snack or meal replacement. Nobody can be angry about these numbers. In fact, Weight Watchers rejoice, since these only count for 3 WW points.
Price and Shipping
I’ve touched on this earlier, as I recounted my first 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 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 before), that bring each bar’s cost down to about $1.76.
Delivery is free on USPS priority over the US, and arrives in a reasonable amount of time, considering they are all shipped 2-4 days after production. I’m all for it if that means freshly made goodies for me.
You can probably tell I am a Built Bar fanatic, and if I have not expressed how much I love it, I’m throwing in some extra FAQ for some of you who are still on the boundary.
FAQ Built Bar American
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 some 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’ve detailed most of their ingredients above. Still, 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 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?
First of all, you have to try more than one variant. Even I don’t like all of the fun-sized variants in those commercial, chocolate party packs, but I found the ones I love by trying them all (well, no one 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 don’t accept refunds, they do exchanges, and then you’ll 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 artificial stuff. 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 wish to try eating them like I do, eat them cold, straight from the refrigerator.
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 unique goals, so try to see how this fits into your regimen.
Do they offer other products? Built Bar American
Yes, they’ve vitamin blends called Built Boost that contain 11 essential vitamins, 3 plant extracts, and the max amount of vitamins B2 and B6. They’re a terrific supplement for a healthier lifestyle.
If you’re searching for a protein bar to try, think about this option for next time. I really like it and hope you will, too.