Keto Diet + Almond Butter Balls

Read on to hear my thoughts on the keto diet and keep scrolling for a delicious, satisfying snack recipe for Almond Butter Balls.


keep-calm-and-eat-fat-19If you guys follow me on Instagram you may notice that I’ve been trying out the keto diet for that last week or so.  A keto or ketogenic diet is high in healthy fats with moderate protein and very little carbs.  Once your body is in ketosis (not to be confused with ketoacidosis which only affects diabetics) your body starts burning fat for fuel instead of glucose – you basically become a lean, mean, fat burning machine!  Since trying it out, I have not only lost weight, but I feel SO much better.  I didn’t realize how much carbs made me feel bloated and hungry.

I have been getting a lot of info and recipes from Leanne, a Holistic Nutritionist and the beautiful face behind Healthful Pursuit.  She is a wealth of knowledge and will be releasing an e-book around October 20th called “The Keto Beginning”  A Complete Guide for Lasting Weight Loss and Lifelong Health; it will answer everything you need to know about transitioning into a ketogenic diet!

Currently, my daily macros look something like this: 75% Fat, 15% Protein and 10% Carbs.  I’m still having a hard time hitting my carbs but have consistently stayed under 50g a day since I started.  What that means is I have completely cut out sugar, this includes “good” sugar such as ALL fruit and higher carb veggies like sweet potatoes, carrots, beets and corn as well as healthy carbs – which essentially turn into sugar.  My diet consists of lots of avocados, eggs, full fat coconut milk, coconut oil, nuts, green vegetables and meat, yes, I’m eating more meat than I normally do.  I’m still not a fan of red meats (although I just bought some grass-fed beef!) so I stick to fatty fish such as salmon and fattier cuts of chicken and turkey, like the thighs, legs and yes, the skin!

This type of diet has given me so much more freedom.  Fats leave you feeling fuller longer so I’m not eating as many meals a day as I used to.  No more planning out snacks and making sure I leave the house with something in case I get “hangry”.  I literally do not feel as hungry as I used to – it’s crazy!  I’m more or less eating 3 big meals a day instead of 5 or 6 small ones.  So far, I have experienced weight loss (3 lbs), increased mental clarity and less bloating.  I’m really digging this new lifestyle and think it will stick around for a while.  I’ll be sure to update you on my progress once I’m further into it.  I’ve also created a “Keto” board on Pinterest in you want to follow!

So, do you still think fat is the enemy, or this lifestyle will clog your arteries and cause you to keel over? Read more about why fat is awesome here.  FYI ~ clogged arteries are not caused by healthy fats but from a combination of sugar and unhealthy fats, and a high-inflammatory diet.

OK, onto this fab fatty snack….Almond Butter Balls ~ www.thehappyhealthfreak.com

Almond Butter Balls
Serves 26
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup all natural almond butter, softened
  2. 1 1/3 cups gluten-free protein powder, I used Plant Fusion
  3. 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  4. 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  5. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  6. 10-20 drops of liquid stevia
Optional
  1. Chopped peanuts
  2. Unsweetened coconut
  3. Cocoa powder
Instructions
  1. Make sure your almond butter is softened first. Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix with a hand mixer.
  2. It's OK if the mixture does not fully come together. If you can pick some up and roll it in your hand, you are good to go!
  3. Scoop out a tablespoon into your hand and begin forming balls.
  4. Once all the balls are formed, you can roll them in chopped nuts, unsweetened coconut, cocoa powder, or whatever you like! (I used chopped peanuts).
  5. Keep refrigerated or freeze for later.
  6. Enjoy!
Nutritional Info per ball rolled in peanuts
  1. 108 Calories, 3g Carbs, 8g Fat, 7g Protein, 1g Sugar
  2. Nutritional info is gathered from MyFitnessPal and may vary depending on your ingredients. Therefore, it is not always 100% accurate and meant to be used as a reference only.
  3. Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and these are my own personal experiences. Please consult your doctor before trying any type of new diet. People who are Type 1 Diabetic, pregnant or have kidney disease/kidney imbalance should not try a ketogenic diet.
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10 Comments

  • fitfoodiemama October 10, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Yum to the protein balls (obviously) and I am super interested in this diet. It is much like I eat already and think I could definitely jump on board! Love my healthy fats šŸ™‚

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    • thehappyhealthfreak October 10, 2014 at 8:57 am

      That’s awesome! It’s been a real eye opener. I have been wanting to lean out and have done the low carb thing many times. But I’ve realized I’ve been doing it all wrong. I would have low carbs, high protein, and little fat. A diet high in healthy fats is actually good for you…mind blowing šŸ™‚

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      • fitfoodiemama October 10, 2014 at 9:32 am

        I know, right? I kind if just eat that way naturally and thankfully it’s worked out for me! My body responds well to healthy fats and I’m not complaining

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        • thehappyhealthfreak October 10, 2014 at 9:35 am

          That’s so great. You do look fabulous šŸ™‚ I’m looking forward to some positive changes!

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          • fitfoodiemama October 10, 2014 at 9:40 am

            Haha aw thanks! I’m more excited that I feel fabulous- my tummy can be super finicky! I haven’t gone as far as counting my macros eating this way but now I’m curious as to how close I’m unintentionally following this diet! PS. You look super fab too šŸ™‚

          • thehappyhealthfreak October 10, 2014 at 9:57 am

            Aww thanks šŸ™‚ Yes, internally is important too! Do you use my fitness pal to see where you’re at? It can be tedious to calorie count but so useful when you’re trying to figure out if your macros are spot on.

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