Whether you have just started on 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: meeting 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 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 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 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 Sample Code
My goals involve fat loss and muscle toning, so I’ve had to accept the painful truth that I have to watch my carbs, sugar, and fat consumption, whilst keeping a fairly good quantity 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 grateful for, it’s that I don’t mind the exercise in any respect. The sweat, the soreness, the feeling of becoming stronger and faster with every move: I live for this.
Then there’s the post-WOD struggle of wanting to eat double my body weight. Facepalm. I need my dessert. I want 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 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 sugar or fats in their nutrient fine print. How. Dare. You. I would’ve been better off having a genuine cheesecake.
Built Bar Sample Code
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 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 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 deal to me! The box can have up to 3 different flavors, letting me try out some of the 15 variants in total. And like I said, I could get really extra, so I got two boxes in that 1st purchase. Naturally, I picked 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 Sample Code
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 typical in most of the competition.
If you aren’t a fan of chocolate and fruit 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 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 two. In case I haven’t made myself clear, my sweet tooth does not feel neglected and is extremely satisfied. By taste alone, I’m a Built Bar believer!
Texture Built Bar Sample Code
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 those 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 these dipped ice cream cones of my childhood. 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 Sample Code
As much as I resented those fake-healthy barsI mentioned previously, I had been equal amounts of impressed with the care and detail that Built Bar put into their products.
The business boasts that they are serious about nutrition, and that really reflected in the ingredients that they chose to exclude and put in their own bars. Each bar provides whey protein, which has a complete amino acid profile, but they have eliminated the elements of casein and lactose, which typically cause reactions in a number 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 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.
For the macro counters, I am happy 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 g of fat, they can genuinely claim to be a guilt-free snack or meal replacement. Nobody can be mad 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 bigger percentage off your closing checkout sum.
They also have a sample box with 10 unique flavors (only available for 1st timers, which I did not know about before), that bring each bar’s price down to about $1.76.
Shipping is free on USPS priority over the US, and arrives in a reasonable amount of time, considering they’re 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 am a Built Bar enthusiast, and if I haven’t expressed how much I love it, I’m throwing in some excess FAQ for some of you who are still on the boundary.
FAQ Built Bar Sample Code
Which are the other flavors of Built Bar?
So glad you asked. They vary their offerings every so often, possibly 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 current 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’ve detailed most of the ingredients above. Still, another reason to trust the business is because its creator 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. 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?
First of all, you must try more than one variant. Even I don’t like all of the fun-sized versions 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 get in touch with 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 exchanges, and then you will 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 recommend lugging them around with you on a hot day; they need to be kept at room temperature. But if you want 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 upon our unique goals, so try to learn how this fits into your regimen.
Do they offer other products? Built Bar Sample Code
Yes, they’ve vitamin blends known as Built Boost that contain 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 searching for a protein bar to attempt, think about this option for next time. I love it and hope you will, too.