Whether you have just started on your fitness journey, or you have been a junkie for many years, let me share one of the most important 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 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 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 fortunately, lots of food trends and products have made it possible to consume clean (or at least cleaner) without sacrificing the flavor.
Why Protein Bars Built Bar Salted Caramel
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 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 hardest adjustment of all. The physical training is not, and hasn’t been, my problem. If there’s anything I’m grateful for, it’s that I don’t 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 is 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 healthy alternative for all my cravings.
Here is where protein bars come in. 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 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 a genuine cheesecake.
Built Bar Salted Caramel
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 site, 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 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 only a little 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 the 15 flavors in total. And like I said, I could get really extra, so I ordered two boxes in that 1st purchase. Naturally, I picked 3 other flavors I had not 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).
The Hype Was Real Built Bar Salted Caramel
The 1st win for me when I took a bite was that I could have sworn it was 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 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 strawberry, banana, 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 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 does not feel neglected and is extremely satisfied. By taste alone, I am a Built Bar believer!
Texture Built Bar Salted Caramel
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 texture that reminds me of a popular 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 youth. I can not stress enough how content I feel when I sink my teeth into one (considering it this very minute )!
Nutritional Values Built Bar Salted Caramel
As much as I resented those fake-healthy barsI mentioned previously, I was 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 that they opted to exclude and put in their own 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, 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, 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 delighted 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 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 actuality, Weight Watchers rejoice, as these only count for 3 WW points.
Cost and Shipping
I’ve 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 heap 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 didn’t know about earlier ), that bring each bar’s price down to about $1.76.
Delivery is free on USPS priority within the US, 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 enthusiast, 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 border.
FAQ Built Bar Salted Caramel
What are the other flavors of Built Bar?
So glad you asked. They change their offerings every so often, possibly 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 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. 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 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 am left with 17 bars from the BYOB?
To begin with, you must try more than one flavor. I don’t like all the fun-sized versions in these commercial, chocolate party packs, but I found the ones I love by trying them all (well, nobody 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 don’t accept refunds, they do trades, and hopefully then you’ll receive flavors that you’ll love as much as I do.
Do they melt?
Yes, exactly like chocolate and other foods that are not laden with synthetic substances. I wouldn’t advise putting them around with you on a hot day; they have to be kept at room temperature. But if you wish to try eating them like I do, eat them straight from the refrigerator.
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 upon our individual objectives, so try to see how this fits into your regimen.
Do they offer other products? Built Bar Salted Caramel
Yes, they have vitamin blends known as Built Boost that include 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 looking for a protein bar to try, think about this option for next time. I really like it and hope you will, too.