Whether you’ve just started on your fitness journey, or you have been a junkie for many years, allow me to share one of the main pieces of advice I had ever been given: achieving your goals depends upon the ratio of 75% diet and 25% exercise. The numbers differ in certain 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 isn’t balanced, don’t 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 other than eating it?! (Someone’s getting mad here). But luckily, so many food trends and products have made it feasible to eat clean (or at least cleaner) without sacrificing the flavor.
Why Protein Bars Built Bar Review
My goals involve fat loss and muscle toning, which means I have had to take the painful fact I have to 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 hardest adjustment of all. The physical training isn’t, and has never been, my problem. If there’s anything I’m grateful 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 move: I live for it.
Then there is the post-WOD struggle of wanting to consume 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 many of my cravings.
Here 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 phase, 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 a genuine cheesecake.
Built Bar Review
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 has 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 never shy away from savings, and with 18 bars to my $38, that comes out to just a little more than $2 per bar. Sounded like a deal to me! The box can have up to 3 different flavors, letting me try some of their 15 flavors in total. And like I said, I could get quite 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 Review
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 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 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 banana, strawberry, and coconut chocolate crèmes, since they taste like real fruit and none of these artificial, supplement-y types. 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 two. In case I have not made myself clear, my sweet tooth does not feel neglected and is very satisfied. By taste alone, I’m a Built Bar believer!
Texture Built Bar Review
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 punished 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’t stress enough how content I feel when I sink my teeth into one (thinking about it this very minute )!
Nutritional Values Built Bar Review
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 company boasts that they are serious about nutrition, and that reflected in the ingredients that they chose to exclude and put in their bars. Each bar offers 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’ve chosen erythritol and glycerine for their own sweeteners, 2 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.
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’m delighted to report that Built Bars have the lowest calorie count among all the best 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. Nobody can be angry about these numbers. In fact, Weight Watchers rejoice, since these only count for 3 WW points.
Price and Shipping
I have 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 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 price 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 are 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 fanatic, and if I have not expressed how much I really like it, I’m throwing in some excess FAQ for any of you who are still on the boundary.
FAQ Built Bar Review
What are the other flavors of Built Bar?
So glad you asked. They vary their offerings every so often, maybe 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 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 the ingredients above. However, 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 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 am left with 17 bars from the BYOB?
To begin with, you have to try more than one variant. I don’t like all the fun-sized variants in these 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 only entertain this for 1st-time buyers. While they do not accept refunds, they do exchanges, and hopefully then you’ll get flavors that you will love as much as I do.
Do they melt?
Yes, just 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 want to try eating them like I do, eat them cold, straight from the fridge.
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 upon our individual objectives, so try to learn how this fits into your regimen.
Do they offer other products? Built Bar Review
Yes, they have vitamin blends called Built Boost that contain 11 essential vitamins, 3 plant extracts, and the max amount of vitamins B2 and B6. They’re a great supplement for a healthy lifestyle.
If you’re looking for a protein bar to attempt, consider this option for next time. I love it and hope you will, too.