Built Bar; Nutrition

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Whether you’ve just started in your fitness journey, or you’ve been a junkie for several years, allow me to share one of the main 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 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 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; Nutrition

My goals involve fat loss and muscle toning, which means I’ve had to take the painful truth that I must watch my carbs, sugar, and fat intake, whilst keeping a fairly good amount of protein in my diet. For somebody like me, who has 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 am grateful for, it is that I do not mind the exercise at all. The sweat, the soreness, the sensation of becoming faster and stronger with every move: I live for this.

Then there’s the post-WOD struggle of wanting to eat double my body weight. Facepalm. I want my dessert. I would like my midday snacks. What’s 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 sugar or fats in their nutritional fine print. How. Dare. You. I would’ve been better off with a genuine cheesecake.

Built Bar; Nutrition

Built Bar; Nutrition

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 don’t 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 deal to me! The box may have up to 3 distinct flavors, allowing me to try some of the 15 variants in total. And like I said, I could get really 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’ve had my “next times” several times over by now).

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The Hype Was Real Built Bar; Nutrition

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 almost 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 fond 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, 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, 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 have not made myself clear, my sweet tooth does not feel neglected and is extremely satisfied. By taste alone, I am a Built Bar believer!

> > Click here to see Built Bar’s Promo Buy One Get One 50% Off < <

Texture Built Bar; Nutrition

So one of the qualities I discriminate by when selecting a baris the texture. The ones that get overly hard are a pain to chew, and the ones that are chalky are unpalatable. While 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 favorite chocolate bar that I used to devour as a child. 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; Nutrition

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.

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Ingredients

The business boasts they’re serious about nutrition, which reflected in the ingredients they opted to exclude and put in their 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 a number 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 who have 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, as well as non-halal and non-kosher. My heart goes out to you people who can not experience this treat.

Macros

For the macro counters, I’m happy 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 grams 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. No one 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 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 extra items to cart will shave a larger percentage off your final checkout sum.

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

Delivery is free on USPS priority over the US, 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 am a Built Bar fanatic, 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 boundary.

builtbar_banner_main> > Click here to see Built Bar’s Promo Buy One Get One 50% Off < <

FAQ Built Bar; Nutrition

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 deal with market demands. But from the last time I checked, here are some of their current 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’ve detailed most of their ingredients above. Still, another reason to trust the company 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. If you have allergies, please thoroughly check the ingredients before consuming.

What if I don’t like how it tastes, and I am left with 17 bars from the BYOB?

To begin with, you must try more than one flavor. I don’t like all of the fun-sized versions in those commercial, chocolate party packs, but I found those 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 exchanges, and then you’ll 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 advise putting 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 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 upon our individual objectives, so try to see how this fits into your regimen.

Do they offer other products? Built Bar; Nutrition

Yes, they have 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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> > Click here to see Built Bar’s Promo Buy One Get One 50% Off < <

If you’re looking for a protein bar to try, consider this option for next time. I really like it and hope you will, too.

Built Bar Nutrition

man-lifting-01

Whether you’ve just started on your fitness journey, or you’ve been a junkie for several years, let me share one of the main 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 some 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 is like having your cake and eating it too; which I’ve never understood, because what else is there to do with cake other than eating it?! (Someone’s getting mad here). But fortunately, lots of food trends and products have made it feasible to eat clean (or at least cleaner) without sacrificing the taste.

Why Protein Bars Built Bar Nutrition

My goals involve fat loss and muscle toning, so I’ve had to take the painful fact I must watch my carbs, sugar, and fat consumption, whilst keeping a fairly good amount of protein in my diet. For someone like me, who has an insatiable sweet tooth, this was/is the hardest adjustment of all. The physical training isn’t, and has never 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 is the post-WOD struggle of wanting to eat 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.

Here is where protein bars come in handy, supposedly. 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 promoted as “guilt-free,” only to reveal a great deal of fats or sugar in their nutritional fine print. How. Dare. You. I would’ve been better off with a genuine cheesecake.

Built Bar Nutrition

Built Bar Nutrition

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 bought 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’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 never shy away from savings, and with 18 bars to my $38, that comes out to only 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 flavors in total. And like I said, I can get really 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).

bb_logo

The Hype Was Real Built Bar Nutrition

Taste

The 1st win for me when I took a bite was that I could’ve sworn it was chocolate that coated the whole bar. I quickly looked at the ingredients and almost 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 these artificial, supplement-y kinds. That said, I can vouch for the other 6 variants without fruit, as well. The guys 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 does not feel neglected and is very satisfied. By taste alone, I am a Built Bar believer!

> > Click here to see Built Bar’s Promo Buy One Get One 50% Off < <

Texture Built Bar Nutrition

So one of the qualities I discriminate by when selecting a baris the texture. Those that get overly hard are a pain to eat, 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 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 these dipped ice cream cones of my youth. I can’t stress enough how content I feel when I sink my teeth into one (thinking about it this very moment)!

Nutritional Values Built Bar Nutrition

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

bb_nutritionfacts

Ingredients

The company boasts they’re serious about nutrition, and that really reflected in the ingredients they opted 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 elements of casein and lactose, which typically cause reactions in a number of people. They’ve 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 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, 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 of 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 g of fat, they can actually claim to be a guilt-free snack or meal replacement. Nobody can be angry about these numbers. In actuality, Weight Watchers rejoice, as these only count for 3 WW points.

Price and Shipping

I have touched on this earlier, as I recounted my first 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 bigger percentage off your final checkout sum.

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

Shipping is free on USPS priority over the united states, and arrives in a reasonable amount of time, considering they’re all shipped 2-4 days after production. I am all for it if that means fresh goodies for me.

You can probably tell I am a Built Bar enthusiast, and if I have not expressed how much I love it, I am throwing in some excess FAQ for some of you who are still on the boundary.

builtbar_banner_main> > Click here to see Built Bar’s Promo Buy One Get One 50% Off < <

FAQ Built Bar Nutrition

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. But from the last time I checked, here are some of their existing 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 the ingredients above. However, another reason to trust the company is because its creator 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. If you have allergies, please thoroughly check the ingredients before consuming.

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. Even I don’t like all of the fun-sized variants in those commercial, chocolate party packs, but I found those that I love by trying them all (well, no one asked me to…)

Second, they actually have a Built Taste Guarantee. You may contact 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 trades, and hopefully then you will 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 advise lugging them around with you on a hot day; they need to be kept at room temperature. But if you wish to try eating them like I do, eat them cold, straight from the refrigerator.

Does this 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 objectives, so try to see how this fits into your regimen.

Do they offer other products? Built Bar Nutrition

Yes, they have vitamin blends called Built Boost that include 11 essential vitamins, 3 plant extracts, and the maximum amount of vitamins B2 and B6. They’re a great supplement for a healthier lifestyle.

builtbar_banner_main

> > Click here to see Built Bar’s Promo Buy One Get One 50% Off < <

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.

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