Guacamole is seriously one of the easiest, healthiest, and tastiest snacks to make.  I actually cringe when I see people buying pre-made guacamole at the grocery store because it’s a cinch to prepare and the fresh flavors of ripe avacodos, tomatoes, cilantro, and lime can’t be beat!

Recently my brother Ben visited us during his week off for spring break and he always requests my homemade guacamole.  The last time I made it for him I think he ate 3/4 of the bowl by himself! To make sure my other guests get to sample some guacamole goodness, I made sure to stock up on plenty of avocados before he got here. (Just kidding Ben, I take it as a complement!)

I’ve heard some people say they don’t eat avocados because they’re high in fat.  True, avocados are a fattier fruit, but they contain the “good” monosaturated fats that aid in cardiovascular health. They are also packed with vitamins C and E (great for healthy skin and shiny hair), folic acid (an essential B vitamin during pregnancy), and fiber (aids in digestion and will help you feel full longer).  Because of their higher fat and caloric content, the suggested serving size is about 1oz or a 1/5 of an avocado.  In guacamole, that’s probably a few scoops worth. (Realistically though, you’ll probably want more than 2-3 chips and scoops, right?)  I wouldn’t eat a bowl of guacamole everyday, but if you’re making it as an indulgent treat, don’t feel too bad about eating more than the suggested serving size every once in a while. Good quality blue or yellow corn chips are a perfect complement to this guacamole; however pair it with veggies like carrots and celery and there won’t be any reason to feel guilty as your gorging on this delicious nutrient-packed dip!

 

Guacamole
Guacamole
Guilt-free Guacamole

Serving Size: 4

Guilt-free Guacamole

Guacamole is one of the easiest and tastiest snacks to make. It's also one of the healthiest! The combination of avocados, tomatoes, cilantro, and lime pack a 1-2 taste and nutrition-packed punch!

Ingredients

  • 2-3 large, ripe Haas avocados. Here are some good tips for picking out the perfectly ripe avocado.
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped and seeded
  • 1/4 of a large red onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 of a hot pepper (such as jalapeno), seeded and chopped (If you want to add some spice!)
  • 1 -2 dollops plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • A handful of fresh cilantro, stems removed and coarsely chopped
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • Fresh salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Halve and pit the avocados. Using a tablespoon, scoop out the avocado flesh into a serving bowl.
  2. Mash avocados with a fork and add remaining ingredients. Mix to desired consistency (I like mine a little chunkier and am careful not to over mix.)
  3. I rarely measure ingredients and depending on the consistency, will add more or less of some ingredients to get it to my liking. For example, if we have fresh salsa, I’ll add a little of that instead of the fresh tomatoes and pepper, or some more lime juice to thin it out just a little.
  4. Serve with your favorite corn chips or fresh veggies like carrots and celery.
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