Whether you’ve just started on your fitness journey, or you’ve been a junkie for several years, allow me to 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 some iterations of this 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’s like having your cake and eating it too; which I’ve 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 feasible to consume clean (or at least cleaner) without sacrificing the flavor.
Why Protein Bars Built Bar Protien and Energy
My goals involve fat loss and muscle toning, which means I’ve had to accept the painful fact that I must watch my carbs, sugar, and fat consumption, whilst keeping a pretty 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 is not, and hasn’t been, my issue. If there’s anything I’m thankful for, it is that I do not mind the exercise at all. The sweat, the soreness, the sensation of becoming stronger and faster with every move: I live for it.
Then there’s the post-WOD struggle of wanting to consume 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 all my cravings.
This is where protein bars come in. I have 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 time, 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 an actual cheesecake.
Built Bar Protien and Energy
Introduction to Built Bar
Enter a new kid on the block. I had 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 am totally fine with because nobody wants a protein bar that’s been sitting on a shelf for months. Since I’m 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 bargain to me! The box may have up to 3 different flavors, letting me try out some of their 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 had not 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 Protien and Energy
The 1st win for me when I took a bite was that I could have sworn it was chocolate that coated the whole bar. I immediately 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 are not fond 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, since they taste like fruit and none of those artificial, supplement-y kinds. That said, I can vouch for the other 6 variants with no 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 2. In case I have not made myself clear, my sweet tooth doesn’t feel neglected and is extremely satisfied. By taste alone, I’m a Built Bar believer!
Texture Built Bar Protien and Energy
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. While I eat those, I feel like I am 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 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 (thinking about it this very minute )!
Nutritional Values Built Bar Protien and Energy
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 company boasts that they are serious about nutrition, and that reflected in the ingredients that 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 components of casein and lactose, which typically cause reactions in several 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 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.
For the macro counters, I’m happy 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 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. Nobody can be angry about these numbers. In fact, Weight Watchers rejoice, as these only count for 3 WW points.
Cost 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 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 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.
Shipping 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’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 have not expressed how much I love it, I am throwing in some excess FAQ for any of you who are still on the border.
FAQ Built Bar Protien and Energy
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 deal with 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’ve detailed most of their ingredients above. Still, another reason to trust the business 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. In case 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?
To begin with, you have to try more than one flavor. Even I don’t like all the fun-sized versions in those commercial, chocolate party packs, but I found those 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 do not accept refunds, they do exchanges, and then you will receive flavors that you’ll love as much as I do.
Do they melt?
Yes, just like chocolate and other foods that are not laden with artificial stuff. I wouldn’t recommend putting 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 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 on our unique goals, so try to see how this fits into your regimen.
Do they offer other products? Built Bar Protien and Energy
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 searching for a protein bar to attempt, consider this option for next time. I really like it and hope you will, too.