Built Bar Birthday Cake

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Whether you’ve just started on your fitness journey, or you’ve been a junkie for many years, let me share one of the most important pieces of advice I’d ever been given: meeting your goals relies on the ratio of 75% diet and 25% exercise. The numbers differ in certain 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 is not balanced, do not expect any positive changes. I guess it is 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 luckily, lots of food trends and products have made it possible to consume clean (or at least cleaner) without sacrificing the taste.

Why Protein Bars Built Bar Birthday Cake

My goals involve fat loss and muscle toning, which means I’ve had to take the painful truth I must watch my carbs, sugar, and fat intake, whilst keeping a pretty good amount of protein in my diet. For someone 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 grateful for, it’s that I don’t mind the exercise in any respect. The sweat, the soreness, the feeling of getting stronger and faster with every move: I live for it.

Then there is the post-WOD struggle of wanting to eat double my body weight. Facepalm. I need my dessert. I would like my midday snacks. What’s a girl to do? The only real answer is finding a healthy alternative for many of my cravings.

Here is where protein bars come in handy, supposedly. 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 advertised as “guilt-free,” only to reveal a large amount of sugar or fats in their nutrient fine print. How. Dare. You. I would’ve been better off having an actual cheesecake.

Built Bar Birthday Cake

Built Bar Birthday Cake

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 purchased 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 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 only a little more than $2 per bar. Sounded like a bargain to me! The box may 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 got two boxes in that 1st purchase. Naturally, I picked 3 other flavors I had not chosen 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).

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The Hype Was Real Built Bar Birthday Cake

Taste

The 1st win for me when I took a bite was that I could’ve sworn it was real chocolate that coated the whole bar. I quickly 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 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 these artificial, supplement-y types. Having said that, I can vouch for the other 6 variants with no 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 haven’t made myself clear, my sweet tooth doesn’t feel neglected and is extremely satisfied. By taste alone, I am a Built Bar believer!

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Texture Built Bar Birthday Cake

So one of the qualities I discriminate by when selecting a baris the texture. The ones that get too hard are a pain to chew, 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 popular chocolate bar that I used to devour as a kid. Soft and fluffy on the inside, with a crackling outer shell reminiscent of those dipped ice cream cones of my childhood. I can not stress enough how content I feel when I sink my teeth into one (considering it this very moment)!

Nutritional Values Built Bar Birthday Cake

As much as I resented those fake-healthy barsI mentioned earlier, I was equal amounts of impressed by the care and detail that Built Bar placed into their products.

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Ingredients

The company boasts that they are serious about nutrition, which really reflected in the ingredients they opted to exclude and put in their own bars. Each bar offers whey protein, which has a complete amino acid profile, but they have eliminated the elements of casein and lactose, which typically cause reactions in a number of people. They have chosen erythritol and glycerine for their 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 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’t experience this treat.

Macros

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 g 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 fact, Weight Watchers rejoice, since these only count for 3 WW points.

Cost and Shipping

I have 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 additional items to cart will shave a larger percentage off your closing checkout sum.

They also have a sample box with 10 unique flavors (only available for 1st timers, which I did not know about before), that bring each bar’s price down to about $1.76.

Shipping 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’m a Built Bar fanatic, and if I haven’t expressed how much I love it, I am throwing in some excess FAQ for any of you who are still on the border.

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FAQ Built Bar Birthday Cake

What are the other flavors of Built Bar?

So glad you asked. They change their offerings every so often, possibly to keep giving us die-hards something new, or to address market demands. But from the last time I checked, here are a few of their current 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 have detailed most of their ingredients above. Still, another reason to trust the business is because its founder and developer 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. 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. 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 may get in touch with 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 trades, 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 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 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 unique goals, so try to see how this fits into your regimen.

Do they offer other products? Built Bar Birthday Cake

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 terrific supplement for a healthier lifestyle.

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If you’re searching for a protein bar to attempt, think about this option for next time. I love it and hope you will, too.

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