Whether you have just started on your fitness journey, or you’ve been a junkie for many years, allow me to share one of the most important pieces of advice I’d ever been given: achieving 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 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 eat clean (or at least cleaner) without sacrificing the flavor.
Why Protein Bars Built Bar Vs Pure Protein
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 amount of protein in my diet. For someone 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 am thankful for, it’s that I do not mind the exercise in any respect. The sweat, the soreness, the feeling of getting stronger and faster with every move: I live for it.
Then there is the post-WOD struggle of wanting to consume 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 many of my cravings.
Here 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, 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 advertised as “guilt-free,” only to reveal a great deal of fats or sugar in their nutritional fine print. How. Dare. You. I would’ve been better off with an actual cheesecake.
Built Bar Vs Pure Protein
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 site, 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 just a little more than $2 per bar. Sounded like a deal to me! The box may have up to 3 distinct flavors, allowing me to try out some of the 15 flavors in total. And like I said, I can get really extra, so I got 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 have had my “next times” several times over by now).
The Hype Was Real Built Bar Vs Pure Protein
The 1st win for me when I took a bite was that I could have sworn it was real chocolate that coated the whole bar. I quickly looked at the ingredients and almost 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, because they taste like real fruit and none of these artificial, supplement-y kinds. Having said that, I can vouch for the other 6 variants without 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 two. In case I have not made myself clear, my sweet tooth does not feel neglected and is very satisfied. By taste alone, I’m a Built Bar believer!
Texture Built Bar Vs Pure Protein
So one of the qualities I discriminate by when choosing a baris the texture. The ones that get overly hard are a pain to eat, and those that are chalky are unpalatable. When I eat those, I feel like I’m being punished to eat better.
Built Bar has the most unique, marshmallow mouth feel 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 those dipped ice cream cones of my youth. 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 Vs Pure Protein
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 that they are serious about nutrition, which really reflected in the ingredients they opted to put and exclude 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 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 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 with 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, 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 market. At only 110 calories, 15 g of protein, and only 7 grams 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 angry about these numbers. In fact, Weight Watchers rejoice, as these only count for 3 WW points.
Cost and Shipping
I have 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 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 didn’t know about before), that bring each bar’s price 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 after production. I’m all for it if that means fresh goodies for me.
You can probably tell I’m a Built Bar fanatic, and if I have not expressed how much I love it, I am throwing in some extra FAQ for some of you who are still on the border.
FAQ Built Bar Vs Pure Protein
Which are the other flavors of Built Bar?
So glad you asked. They change their offerings every so often, maybe to keep giving us die-hards something new, or to deal with market demands. But 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’ve detailed most of their 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 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 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 flavor. I don’t like all the fun-sized versions in those commercial, chocolate party packs, but I found the ones I love by trying them all (well, no one 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 exchanges, and then you’ll get flavors that you will love as much as I do.
Can they melt?
Yes, exactly 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 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 on our individual goals, so try to see how this fits into your regimen.
Do they provide other products? Built Bar Vs Pure Protein
Yes, they have vitamin blends called 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, think about this option for next time. I really like it and hope you will, too.