Whether you’ve just started on your fitness journey, or you’ve been a junkie for several years, let me share one of the most important pieces of advice I had 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 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’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, so many food trends and products have made it possible to eat clean (or at least cleaner) without sacrificing the flavor.
Why Protein Bars Built Bar Mini
My goals involve fat loss and muscle toning, so I have had to take the painful fact that I must watch my carbs, sugar, and fat intake, whilst keeping a pretty good amount of protein in my diet. For somebody like me, with an insatiable sweet tooth, this was/is the most difficult adjustment of all. The physical training is not, and hasn’t been, my problem. If there’s anything I’m thankful for, it’s that I don’t mind the exercise at all. The sweat, the soreness, the sensation of becoming stronger and faster with every movement: I live for it.
Then there’s the post-WOD struggle of wanting to eat 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 many of 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, 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 a genuine cheesecake.
Built Bar Mini
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 bought directly from their site, which I’m totally fine with because no one wants a protein bar that has been sitting on a shelf for months. Since I’m 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 own $38, that comes out to just a bit more than $2 per bar. Sounded like a deal to me! The box can 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 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 Mini
The 1st win for me when I took a bite was that I could’ve sworn it was real chocolate that coated the entire bar. I quickly looked at the ingredients and nearly cried with joy: it WAS real, dark chocolate, and this is something that’s not common 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 banana, strawberry, and coconut chocolate crèmes, because they taste like fruit and none of these artificial, supplement-y kinds. 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 am a Built Bar believer!
Texture Built Bar Mini
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. While 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 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 youth. 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 Mini
As much as I resented those fake-healthy barsI mentioned previously, I had been equal amounts of impressed with the detail and care that Built Bar put into their products.
The company boasts that they are serious about nutrition, which really reflected in the ingredients they opted to put and exclude 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 several of people. They have 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 with 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 not experience this treat.
For the macro counters, I’m delighted to report that Built Bars have the lowest calorie count among all of 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 can genuinely claim to be a guilt-free snack or meal replacement. No one can be angry about these numbers. In actuality, 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 additional 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 over the united states, and arrives in a reasonable amount of time, considering they are all shipped 2-4 days after 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 haven’t 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 Mini
What 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 existing flavors (or the last ones 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. 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 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’m left with 17 bars from the BYOB?
To begin with, you must try more than one flavor. Even I don’t like all of the fun-sized variants 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 can contact 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 hopefully then you will get flavors that you’ll love as much as I do.
Can 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 straight from the fridge.
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 goals, so try to see how this fits into your regimen.
Do they provide other products? Built Bar Mini
Yes, they’ve 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 terrific supplement for a healthy lifestyle.
If you’re looking for a protein bar to attempt, consider this option for next time. I really like it and hope you will, too.