Whether you’ve 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: meeting your goals depends upon the ratio of 75% diet and 25% exercise. The numbers differ in some 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 isn’t balanced, do not 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 luckily, lots of food trends and products have made it feasible to consume clean (or at least cleaner) without sacrificing the taste.
Why Protein Bars Kegerator Built Into Bar
My goals involve fat loss and muscle toning, which means I have had to accept the painful truth I have to watch my carbs, sugar, and fat intake, whilst keeping a pretty good amount 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 hasn’t been, my problem. If there’s anything I’m thankful for, it’s that I don’t mind the exercise at all. The sweat, the soreness, the sensation of becoming stronger and faster with every move: I live for this.
Then there’s the post-WOD struggle of wanting to consume double my body weight. Facepalm. I want my dessert. I want my midday snacks. What is a girl to do? The only real answer is finding a healthy 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’ve 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 sugar or fats in their nutrient fine print. How. Dare. You. I would’ve been better off with a genuine cheesecake.
Kegerator Built Into Bar
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 am totally fine with because no one wants a protein bar that has 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 little more than $2 per bar. Sounded like a bargain to me! The box can have up to 3 different flavors, letting me try out some of their 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 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 Kegerator Built Into Bar
The 1st win for me when I took a bite was that I could’ve 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 common in most of the competition.
If you are not a fan 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, since they taste like fruit and none of these artificial, supplement-y types. That said, I can vouch for the other 6 variants with no 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 very satisfied. By taste alone, I’m a Built Bar believer!
Texture Kegerator Built Into Bar
So one of the qualities I discriminate by when selecting a baris the texture. Those that get overly hard are a pain to eat, and the ones 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 mouth feel 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 youth. I can not stress enough how content I feel when I sink my teeth into one (considering it this very moment)!
Nutritional Values Kegerator Built Into Bar
As much as I resented those fake-healthy barsI mentioned earlier, I was equal amounts of impressed with 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 they chose to put and exclude in their own 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 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 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 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 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 g of net carbs, 4 g of sugar, and 4 grams of fat, they could actually claim to be a guilt-free snack or meal replacement. Nobody can be angry about these numbers. In fact, Weight Watchers rejoice, since these only count for 3 WW points.
Cost 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 heap on the discounts, like adding additional items to cart will shave a bigger percentage off your final checkout sum.
They also have a sample box with 10 unique flavors (only available for 1st timers, which I didn’t know about earlier ), that bring each bar’s cost 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’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’m a Built Bar fanatic, 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 border.
FAQ Kegerator Built Into Bar
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. But from the last time I checked, here are a few of their current 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’ve detailed most of the ingredients above. However, another reason to trust the company is because its creator and has a PhD in molecular chemistry and has an impressive reputation. Fun fact? He even makes the chocolate himself, 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 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 the fun-sized variants in these 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’ll receive flavors that you’ll 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 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 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 upon our unique goals, so try to see how this fits into your regimen.
Do they offer other products? Kegerator Built Into Bar
Yes, they have 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 great supplement for a healthy lifestyle.
If you’re looking for a protein bar to attempt, think about this option for next time. I really like it and hope you will, too.