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 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 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 luckily, lots of food trends and products have made it feasible to consume clean (or at least cleaner) without sacrificing the flavor.
Why Protein Bars Built Bar Kids
My goals involve fat loss and muscle toning, so I have had to accept the painful fact I have to watch my carbs, sugar, and fat intake, whilst keeping a fairly 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 hasn’t been, my problem. If there’s anything I’m thankful for, it is that I do not mind the exercise in any respect. The sweat, the soreness, the feeling of getting faster and stronger 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 is a girl to do? The only real answer is finding a wholesome alternative for all 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 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 nutrient fine print. How. Dare. You. I would’ve been better off having an actual cheesecake.
Built Bar Kids
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 nobody 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 $38, that comes out to just a bit more than $2 per bar. Sounded like a deal to me! The box may have up to 3 distinct flavors, letting me try some of the 15 variants in total. And like I said, I can get really extra, so I ordered two boxes in that 1st purchase. Naturally, I chose 3 other flavors I hadn’t picked 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 Kids
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 are not 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 banana, strawberry, and coconut chocolate crèmes, because they taste like fruit and none of those artificial, supplement-y types. That said, I can vouch for the other 6 variants with no fruit, as well. 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 2. In case I haven’t 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 Kids
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 those 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 favorite 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 not stress enough how content I feel when I sink my teeth into one (thinking about it this very minute )!
Nutritional Values Built Bar Kids
As much as I resented those fake-healthy barsI mentioned earlier, I had been 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 they opted to exclude and put in their 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 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 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, 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 the top 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 grams of fat, they can actually claim to be a guilt-free snack or meal replacement. Nobody can be mad about these numbers. In fact, Weight Watchers rejoice, as these only count for 3 WW points.
Price 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 pile on the discounts, like adding extra items to cart will shave a bigger 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 earlier ), that bring each bar’s cost down to about $1.76.
Shipping is free on USPS priority within the united states, and arrives in a reasonable amount of time, considering they are all shipped 2-4 days following production. I am 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 am throwing in some extra FAQ for some of you who are still on the border.
FAQ Built Bar Kids
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 existing flavors (or the last ones that 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 have 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 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’m left with 17 bars from the BYOB?
First of all, you have to try more than one variant. I don’t like all of the fun-sized versions in these commercial, chocolate party packs, but I found those that I love by trying them all (well, nobody 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 exchanges, and then you will receive flavors that you’ll love as much as I do.
Can they melt?
Yes, exactly like chocolate and other foods that are not laden with artificial stuff. I wouldn’t advise lugging them around with you on a hot day; they need to be kept at least room temperature. But if you wish to try eating them like I do, eat them 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 on our individual objectives, so try to learn how this fits into your regimen.
Do they provide other products? Built Bar Kids
Yes, they have vitamin blends known as Built Boost that contain 11 essential vitamins, 3 plant extracts, and the maximum amount of vitamins B2 and B6. They’re a terrific supplement for a healthy lifestyle.
If you’re searching for a protein bar to attempt, think about this option for next time. I really like it and hope you will, too.