Whether you’ve just started on 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 some 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, 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 possible to eat clean (or at least cleaner) without sacrificing the taste.
Why Protein Bars Patio Built Bar
My goals involve fat loss and muscle toning, so I’ve had to take the painful fact that I have to watch my carbs, sugar, and fat consumption, whilst keeping a pretty good quantity of protein in my diet. For someone like me, who has an insatiable sweet tooth, this was/is the hardest adjustment of all. The physical training isn’t, and has never been, my problem. If there’s anything I am grateful for, it is that I do not mind the exercise at all. The sweat, the soreness, the feeling of becoming faster and stronger with every movement: I live for this.
Then there’s the post-WOD struggle of wanting to eat double my body weight. Facepalm. I need my dessert. I want my midday snacks. What’s a girl to do? The only real answer is finding a healthy alternative for all my cravings.
This 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 time, but the really terrible ones were those that were advertised as “guilt-free,” only to reveal a large amount of fats or sugar in their nutritional 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 bought 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’m 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 deal to me! The box may have up to 3 different flavors, letting me try out some of the 15 variants in total. And like I said, I could get quite extra, so I ordered two boxes in that 1st purchase. Naturally, I chose 3 other flavors I hadn’t 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 Patio Built Bar
The 1st win for me when I took a bite was that I could have 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 common in the majority 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. 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 two. In case I have not made myself clear, my sweet tooth doesn’t feel neglected and is extremely satisfied. By taste alone, I’m a Built Bar believer!
Texture Patio Built Bar
So one of the qualities I discriminate by when selecting a baris the texture. Those that get too hard are a pain to chew, and those that are chalky are unpalatable. While I eat those, I feel like I’m being punished 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 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 moment)!
Nutritional Values Patio Built Bar
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 placed into their products.
The business boasts they’re serious about nutrition, which really reflected in the ingredients they opted 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 components of casein and lactose, which typically cause reactions in a number of people. They have chosen erythritol and glycerine for their own sweeteners, two 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, 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’m delighted to report that Built Bars have the lowest calorie count among all the best 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 g of fat, they could genuinely claim to be a guilt-free snack or meal replacement. Nobody can be mad about these numbers. In fact, Weight Watchers rejoice, since 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 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 earlier ), that bring each bar’s price down to about $1.76.
Shipping is free on USPS priority over the US, and arrives in a reasonable amount of time, considering they are all shipped 2-4 days after production. I am all for it if that means freshly made goodies for me.
You can probably tell I am a Built Bar enthusiast, and if I have not expressed how much I really like it, I’m throwing in some excess FAQ for some of you who are still on the border.
FAQ Patio Built Bar
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 a few of their current flavors (or the last ones 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’ve detailed most of their ingredients above. However, 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 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’m left with 17 bars from the BYOB?
First of all, you must try more than one variant. Even I don’t like all of the fun-sized variants in these commercial, chocolate party packs, but I found the ones 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 solely entertain this for 1st-time buyers. While they don’t accept refunds, they do exchanges, and hopefully then you will receive 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 synthetic substances. I wouldn’t advise 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 straight from the refrigerator.
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 on our unique goals, so try to see how this fits into your regimen.
Do they offer other products? Patio Built Bar
Yes, they’ve vitamin blends called Built Boost that include 11 essential vitamins, 3 plant extracts, and the maximum 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, consider this option for next time. I really like it and hope you will, too.