Whether you’ve just started in your fitness journey, or you’ve been a junkie for several years, let me share one of the most important pieces of advice I’d ever been given: meeting your goals depends upon the ratio of 75% diet and 25% exercise. The numbers differ in certain 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, don’t expect any positive changes. I guess it’s 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, so many food trends and products have made it possible to consume clean (or at least cleaner) without sacrificing the taste.
Why Protein Bars Built Bar Sold in Stores
My goals involve fat loss and muscle toning, so I’ve had to take the painful truth I must watch my carbs, sugar, and fat intake, whilst keeping a fairly good quantity 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 isn’t, and has never been, my problem. If there’s anything I am grateful for, it’s that I don’t mind the exercise at all. The sweat, the soreness, the sensation of getting faster and stronger with every movement: 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 would like my midday snacks. What’s 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 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 time, but the really terrible ones were those that were advertised 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 with a genuine cheesecake.
Built Bar Sold in Stores
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 website, which I’m totally fine with because nobody wants a protein bar that has 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 never 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 deal to me! The box can have up to 3 distinct flavors, letting me try out some of the 15 flavors 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 hadn’t 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).
The Hype Was Real Built Bar Sold in Stores
The 1st win for me when I took a bite was that I could have sworn it was real chocolate that coated the entire bar. I immediately looked at the ingredients and almost cried with joy: it WAS real, dark chocolate, and this is something that’s not typical in the majority of the competition.
If you are not fond of fruit and chocolate 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, since they taste like fruit and none of those artificial, supplement-y types. Having said that, I can vouch for the other 6 variants without fruit, also. 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 Sold in Stores
So one of the qualities I discriminate by when choosing a baris the texture. The ones that get overly hard are a pain to chew, and those that are chalky are unpalatable. While I eat those, I feel like I am 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 kid. Soft and fluffy on the inside, with a crackling outer shell reminiscent of those 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 Sold in Stores
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 they’re serious about nutrition, which reflected in the ingredients that they opted 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 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 who have 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 not experience this treat.
For the macro counters, I am happy 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 grams 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. No one can be angry about these numbers. In actuality, Weight Watchers rejoice, as these only count for 3 WW points.
Cost 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 closing checkout sum.
They also have a sample box with 10 unique flavors (only available for 1st timers, which I did not 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’re all shipped 2-4 days following 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 haven’t expressed how much I love it, I am throwing in some excess FAQ for any of you who are still on the boundary.
FAQ Built Bar Sold in Stores
Which 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 deal with market demands. But 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 their ingredients above. However, another reason to trust the company is because its creator and developer has a PhD in molecular chemistry and has an impressive reputation. Fun fact? He 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’m left with 17 bars from the BYOB?
First of all, you must try more than one variant. I don’t like all of the fun-sized versions in these commercial, chocolate party packs, but I found the ones that I love by trying them all (well, nobody asked me to…)
Second, they actually have a Built Taste Guarantee. You can 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 exchanges, and hopefully then you will get flavors that you will love as much as I do.
Do they melt?
Yes, exactly 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 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 refrigerator.
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 on our unique objectives, so try to see how this fits into your regimen.
Do they provide other products? Built Bar Sold in Stores
Yes, they’ve 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.
If you’re looking for a protein bar to try, think about this option for next time. I love it and hope you will, too.