Whether you’ve just started in your fitness journey, or you’ve been a junkie for several years, allow me to share one of the main pieces of advice I’d 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 isn’t balanced, don’t 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 aside from eating it?! (Someone’s getting mad here). But luckily, so many food trends and products have made it possible to eat clean (or at least cleaner) without sacrificing the taste.
Why Protein Bars Pre Built Bar
My goals involve fat loss and muscle toning, which means I have had to take the painful fact that I have to watch my carbs, sugar, and fat intake, whilst keeping a fairly 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 is not, and has never been, my issue. If there’s anything I am grateful 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 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’s 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’ve 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 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 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 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 no one wants a protein bar that’s 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 don’t 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 deal to me! The box can have up to 3 different flavors, allowing me to try out some of the 15 flavors in total. And like I said, I can get quite extra, so I got two boxes in that 1st purchase. Naturally, I chose 3 other flavors I hadn’t chosen yet, leaving me with 9 left to try for next time (and believe me, I’ve had my “next times” several times over by now).
The Hype Was Real Pre Built Bar
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 quickly looked at the ingredients and almost 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 fruit and chocolate combos, be warned. I am the total opposite, and absolutely love fruit together with chocolate. My favorite flavors include the strawberry, banana, and coconut chocolate crèmes, because they taste like fruit and none of these artificial, supplement-y kinds. Having said that, 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 have not made myself clear, my sweet tooth does not feel neglected and is very satisfied. By taste alone, I am a Built Bar believer!
Texture Pre Built Bar
So one of the qualities I discriminate by when choosing a baris the texture. The ones that get overly hard are a pain to chew, 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 texture that reminds me of a popular 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 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 Pre Built Bar
As much as I resented those fake-healthy barsI mentioned previously, I was equal amounts of impressed by the detail and care that Built Bar put into their products.
The business boasts they’re serious about nutrition, and that reflected in the ingredients that they chose to exclude and put 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 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 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’m delighted 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 grams of net carbs, 4 g of sugar, and 4 grams of fat, they can actually claim to be a guilt-free snack or meal replacement. Nobody can be angry about these numbers. In actuality, Weight Watchers rejoice, as these only count for 3 WW points.
Cost 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 different flavors (only available for 1st timers, which I didn’t know about before), that bring each bar’s price 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’m all for it if that means freshly made goodies for me.
You can probably tell I am a Built Bar fanatic, and if I haven’t expressed how much I really like it, I am throwing in some extra FAQ for any of you who are still on the boundary.
FAQ Pre Built Bar
What are the other flavors of Built Bar?
So glad you asked. They vary their offerings every so often, possibly 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 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 company is because its founder 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. 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 variant. I don’t like all of the fun-sized versions 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 may 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 do not accept refunds, they do trades, and then you will get flavors that you’ll 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 recommend lugging 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 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 unique goals, so try to see how this fits into your regimen.
Do they provide other products? Pre Built Bar
Yes, they have vitamin blends called Built Boost that contain 11 essential vitamins, 3 plant extracts, and the maximum amount of vitamins B2 and B6. They’re a terrific supplement for a healthy lifestyle.
If you’re searching for a protein bar to try, consider this option for next time. I really like it and hope you will, too.