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The crazy holidays are way behind now so it is time to get back in line. Have you done some goal setting already? I hope you've included some health goals this year. Here at vegan.io, we have easy, fun, and delicious recipes like this buddha balls to help you stick to those goals and absolutely love your food.
I truly believe that when we commit to a healthy diet we need to be able to look forward to it. We need to be excited about our food and actually enjoy what we eat. I mean, we eat every single day, multiple times a day. There's no need to suffer when there are options.
We need to nourish our souls as much as our bodies to be healthy in the whole extent of the words. For that reason, I like coming up with meals like this buddha balls that are fun to make and that you will actually enjoy.
We use pretty much fresh ingredients to make both the buddha balls and the salad. It is important to prioritise fresh ingredients when you cook. They retain a lot more nutrients than their processed counterpart. Also, the flavour is a lot richer, you don't need as much salt and seasoning to enhance the flavour of your dish.
Another good reason to use fresh ingredients is that they hold a lot more water than packaged food. This is often overlooked. But having more water in our fruits and veggies is a great way to keep your body naturally hydrated.
I like using fresh herbs as well, they are so much more flavourful than the dried ones. But I do know fresh herbs can be hard to find in some places. You can always use dried ones, just remember to not use as much. A good rule of thumb is to use a quarter of the amount you would use of the fresh kind.
These buddha balls are super low carb but quite filling. We included tempeh and nuts in the mix, this is what makes them more satiating. You also get a good amount of protein and healthy fats from these ingredients.
At first, I had planned to make a keto recipe but I can't put this buddha balls in that category because of the nuts we are using. Nuts can be really tricky when you are trying to go into ketosis. There are some very low carb nuts like pecans or Brazilian nuts, those are better to use. But, some like cashew and pine nuts have a high carb content and are not good for a keto diet. Sadly, we are using those.
I'll keep experimenting and making more keto recipes. But for now, this buddha balls and salad will provide you with 28g of protein at only 506 calories. It's a super colourful dish full of nutrients and a great variety of them that will keep your body nourished and properly fuelled to go tackle all your goals for the year!
For the balls
For the salad
For the dressing
|Amount Per Serving|
|Calories 506||From Fat 318|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 35g||54.4%|
|Saturated Fat 5g||26.1%|
|Trans Fat 0g|
|Total Carbohydrate 28g||9.5%|
|Dietry Fiber 6g||22.5%|
|Vitamin A 4360.36IU||87.2%|
|Vitamin B-12 0.07µg||1.1%|
|Vitamin B-6 0.47mg||23.5%|
|Vitamin C 15.81mg||26.4%|
|Vitamin D 0IU||0%|
|Vitamin E 7.44mg||24.8%|
|Vitamin K1 72.76µg||90.9%|
|Folic Acid 0µg|
|Pantothenic acid 0.79mg||7.9%|
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Calories per gram:
Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4
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