Whether you have just started on your fitness journey, or you have been a junkie for many years, let me share one of the main 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 essentially it teaches the same lesson. No matter how hard you work out, if the food you put into your body is not 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 other than eating it?! (Someone’s getting mad here). But luckily, lots of food trends and products have made it feasible to consume clean (or at least cleaner) without sacrificing the taste.
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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 fairly good quantity of protein in my diet. For someone like me, who has an insatiable sweet tooth, this was/is the most difficult adjustment of all. The physical training is not, and hasn’t been, my problem. If there’s anything I am grateful for, it’s that I do not mind the exercise in any respect. The sweat, the soreness, the sensation of becoming stronger and faster with every movement: I live for this.
Then there is the post-WOD struggle of wanting to eat 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 wholesome alternative for all my cravings.
This 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, 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 great deal of sugar or fats in their nutrient fine print. How. Dare. You. I would’ve been better off with a genuine cheesecake.
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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’s been sitting on a shelf for months. Since I am 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 own $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 distinct flavors, allowing me to try some of the 15 variants in total. And like I said, I could get quite 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 Stock
The 1st win for me when I took a bite was that I could’ve sworn it was real 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 typical in most of the competition.
If you aren’t 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 strawberry, banana, and coconut chocolate crèmes, since they taste like real fruit and none of those artificial, supplement-y types. That said, I can vouch for the other 6 variants with no fruit, as well. 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 2. In case I haven’t made myself clear, my sweet tooth doesn’t feel neglected and is extremely satisfied. By taste alone, I am a Built Bar believer!
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So one of the qualities I discriminate by when choosing a baris the texture. The ones that get too hard are a pain to chew, and those that are chalky are unpalatable. When I eat those, I feel like I’m 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 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 (thinking about it this very minute )!
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As much as I resented those fake-healthy barsI mentioned earlier, I had been equal amounts of impressed by the detail and care that Built Bar placed into their products.
The company boasts that they are serious about nutrition, which really reflected in the ingredients that they chose to put and exclude in their 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 a number of people. They have chosen erythritol and glycerine for their 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, 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 of 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 grams of fat, they could genuinely claim to be a guilt-free snack or meal replacement. No one can be angry about these numbers. In fact, Weight Watchers rejoice, as these only count for 3 WW points.
Price and Shipping
I’ve touched on this earlier, as I recounted my first order, but another superb 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 larger 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.
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 am 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 love it, I am throwing in some excess FAQ for some of you who are still on the border.
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Which 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 that 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 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 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 of the fun-sized versions in those 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 may get in touch with 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 trades, 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 want to try eating them like I do, eat them cold, 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 upon our individual objectives, so try to see how this fits into your regimen.
Do they provide other products? Built Bar Stock
Yes, they’ve vitamin blends known as Built Boost that contain 11 essential vitamins, 3 plant extracts, and the max amount of vitamins B2 and B6. They’re a terrific supplement for a healthier lifestyle.
If you’re looking for a protein bar to try, consider this option for next time. I love it and hope you will, too.