Whether you have just started in your fitness journey, or you have been a junkie for many years, let me share one of the most important pieces of advice I had ever been given: achieving your goals relies on 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 isn’t 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 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 flavor.
Why Protein Bars Home Built Bar Stools
My goals involve fat loss and muscle toning, so I have had to accept the painful fact that I have to watch my carbs, sugar, and fat intake, whilst keeping a pretty good quantity 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 has never been, my issue. If there’s anything I am thankful for, it’s that I don’t mind the exercise at all. The sweat, the soreness, the sensation of becoming 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 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.
This is where protein bars come in. 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, 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 great deal of sugar or fats in their nutritional fine print. How. Dare. You. I would’ve been better off with an actual cheesecake.
Home Built Bar Stools
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 nobody wants a protein bar that’s been sitting on a shelf for months. Since I’m 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 bit more than $2 per bar. Sounded like a bargain to me! The box may have up to 3 different flavors, letting me try out some of their 15 variants in total. And like I said, I could get really extra, so I got two boxes in that 1st purchase. Naturally, I chose 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 Home Built Bar Stools
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 immediately 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 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, because they taste like real fruit and none of these artificial, supplement-y types. Having said that, I can vouch for the other 6 variants with no 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 have not made myself clear, my sweet tooth does not feel neglected and is extremely satisfied. By taste alone, I’m a Built Bar believer!
Texture Home Built Bar Stools
So one of the qualities I discriminate by when selecting a baris the texture. The ones that get too hard are a pain to chew, and the ones that are chalky are unpalatable. When 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 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 Home Built Bar Stools
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 put into their products.
The company boasts they’re serious about nutrition, and that reflected in the ingredients that they opted to put and exclude in their bars. Each bar offers whey protein, which has a complete amino acid profile, but they have eliminated the elements of casein and lactose, which typically cause reactions in several of people. They have chosen erythritol and glycerine for their sweeteners, two 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 with 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 not experience this treat.
For the macro counters, I’m happy to report that Built Bars have the lowest calorie count among all 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 could genuinely 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.
Price and Shipping
I have 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 heap on the discounts, like adding extra 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 cost down to about $1.76.
Shipping is free on USPS priority within the united states, 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 any of you who are still on the border.
FAQ Home Built Bar Stools
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. However, from the last time I checked, here are some of their existing 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. However, 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. In case you have allergies, please thoroughly check the ingredients before eating.
What if I don’t like how it tastes, and I’m 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, no one 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 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 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 unique objectives, so try to learn how this fits into your regimen.
Do they provide other products? Home Built Bar Stools
Yes, they have vitamin blends called Built Boost that include 11 essential vitamins, 3 plant extracts, and the max 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, consider this option for next time. I really like it and hope you will, too.