Whether you have just started on your fitness journey, or you have been a junkie for several years, let me share one of the most important pieces of advice I had ever been given: meeting 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 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’ve never understood, because what else is there to do with cake other than 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 Track Order
My goals involve fat loss and muscle toning, so I’ve had to accept the painful fact that I have to watch my carbs, sugar, and fat consumption, 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 hardest adjustment of all. The physical training is not, and hasn’t been, my issue. If there’s anything I am grateful for, it is that I don’t mind the exercise in any respect. The sweat, the soreness, the feeling of getting stronger and faster with every movement: I live for it.
Then there’s the post-WOD struggle of wanting to eat double my body weight. Facepalm. I want my dessert. I would like my midday snacks. What is a girl to do? The only real answer is finding a wholesome alternative for all my cravings.
Here is where protein bars come in handy, supposedly. I have tried them all, and when I say all, I mean I have 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 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 nutrient fine print. How. Dare. You. I would’ve been better off having a genuine cheesecake.
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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 no one 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 never shy away from savings, and with 18 bars to my own $38, that comes out to just a bit more than $2 per bar. Sounded like a bargain to me! The box may have up to 3 different flavors, letting me try some of the 15 flavors 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 Track Order
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 immediately looked at the ingredients and almost 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 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, because they taste like real fruit and none of those artificial, supplement-y types. Having said that, 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 2. In case I haven’t made myself clear, my sweet tooth doesn’t feel neglected and is extremely satisfied. By taste alone, I’m a Built Bar believer!
Texture Built Bar Track Order
So one of the qualities I discriminate by when choosing a baris the texture. Those that get too hard are a pain to eat, and those 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 favorite 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 childhood. I can’t stress enough how content I feel when I sink my teeth into one (thinking about it this very moment)!
Nutritional Values Built Bar Track Order
As much as I resented those fake-healthy barsI mentioned previously, I was equal amounts of impressed with the care and detail that Built Bar put into their products.
The company boasts they’re serious about nutrition, which 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’ve eliminated the components 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 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’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 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 can genuinely claim to be a guilt-free snack or meal replacement. No one can be mad 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 initial 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 extra items to cart will shave a larger percentage off your final 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 cost down to about $1.76.
Shipping 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 really like it, I am throwing in some extra FAQ for some of you who are still on the boundary.
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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 address market demands. But from the last time I checked, here are a few of their current flavors (or the last ones that I purchased ) 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 business is because its founder and 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. 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 have to try more than one flavor. Even I don’t like all of the fun-sized variants 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 can 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 don’t accept refunds, they do exchanges, and then you’ll 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 advise lugging them around with you on a hot day; they have to be kept at least room temperature. But if you wish to try eating them like I do, eat them straight from the fridge.
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 individual objectives, so try to see how this fits into your regimen.
Do they offer other products? Built Bar Track Order
Yes, they have vitamin blends known as Built Boost that include 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, think about this option for next time. I love it and hope you will, too.