Whether you have just started in 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: achieving 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 isn’t 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 aside from eating it?! (Someone’s getting mad here). But fortunately, so many food trends and products have made it possible to eat clean (or at least cleaner) without sacrificing the taste.
Why Protein Bars Built Bar Free Sample Box
My goals involve fat loss and muscle toning, which means I’ve had to accept the painful truth I have to 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 grateful for, it’s that I don’t mind the exercise at all. The sweat, the soreness, the feeling of getting stronger and faster with every move: I live for this.
Then there’s the post-WOD struggle of wanting to eat double my body weight. Facepalm. I need 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, 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 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 having an actual cheesecake.
Built Bar Free Sample Box
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 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 kind 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 can have up to 3 distinct flavors, allowing me to try out some of their 15 variants in total. And like I said, I could get really 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 Built Bar Free Sample Box
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 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 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 strawberry, banana, and coconut chocolate crèmes, since 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 does not feel neglected and is extremely satisfied. By taste alone, I’m a Built Bar believer!
Texture Built Bar Free Sample Box
So one of the qualities I discriminate by when selecting a baris the texture. The ones that get too hard are a pain to eat, and the ones that are chalky are unpalatable. When I eat those, I feel like I’m being penalized to eat better.
Built Bar has the most unique, marshmallow mouth feel that reminds me of a favorite 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 youth. I can not stress enough how content I feel when I sink my teeth into one (thinking about it this very moment)!
Nutritional Values Built Bar Free Sample Box
As much as I resented those fake-healthy barsI mentioned earlier, I was equal amounts of impressed by the detail and care that Built Bar put into their products.
The business boasts they’re serious about nutrition, which reflected in the ingredients that they chose to put and exclude in their own 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 several 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 not experience this treat.
For the macro counters, I’m happy to report that Built Bars have the lowest calorie count among all the top 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 grams of fat, they can actually claim to be a guilt-free snack or meal replacement. No one can be angry about these numbers. In actuality, Weight Watchers rejoice, as these only count for 3 WW points.
Cost and Shipping
I’ve 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 larger percentage off your closing checkout sum.
They also have a sample box with 10 different 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 within the united states, and arrives in a reasonable amount of time, considering they’re all shipped 2-4 days following production. I’m all for it if that means fresh goodies for me.
You can probably tell I’m a Built Bar enthusiast, and if I have not expressed how much I really like it, I’m throwing in some extra FAQ for some of you who are still on the border.
FAQ Built Bar Free Sample Box
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 address market demands. However, 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’ve detailed most of their ingredients above. However, 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 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 of the fun-sized versions in these commercial, chocolate party packs, but I found the ones that 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 don’t accept refunds, they do trades, and hopefully then you will receive flavors that you will love as much as I do.
Do they melt?
Yes, exactly 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 want to try eating them like I do, eat them cold, 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 unique goals, so try to see how this fits into your regimen.
Do they provide other products? Built Bar Free Sample Box
Yes, they have vitamin blends called Built Boost that contain 11 essential vitamins, 3 plant extracts, and the maximum amount of vitamins B2 and B6. They’re a great supplement for a healthier lifestyle.
If you’re looking for a protein bar to attempt, think about this option for next time. I love it and hope you will, too.