Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Holy Guacamole!

On a warm summer day I LOVE a delicious homemade guacamole paired with tortilla chips. My new favorite is a black bean and quinoa tortilla chip – so good! Okay, back to the real deal, guacamole. There are so many different types of guacamole! Some are runny, some have tomatoes, some are almost entirely avocado! I like mine spicy, zesty, and chunky!

Of course there is the big avocado debate. I’m sure you’ve heard that avocado is high in fat. While this is true, the fat found in avocado is unusual and does in fact provide health benefits. These fats are key supporters of our inflammatory system and aid in the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients like carotenoids. Avocado supports cardiovascular health, promotes blood sugar regulation, and may be able to help prevent certain forms of cancer (mouth, skin, and prostate). What does this mean? The benefits of the avocado outweigh the fat debate – eat up!

3-4 avocados pitted and mashed (should be slightly chunky)
1/2 small red onion diced
1 red bell pepper diced
Zest from one lime
Juice from 1-2 limes (depending on how tangy you like your guacamole)
1/4 cup of chopped cilantro (more or less based on your preference)
1 jalapeno pepper diced (seeds removed)
Sea salt

Add the avocados to a large bowl and mash until only some chunks remain. Add the lime juice, lime zest and stir. Mix in all remaining ingredients, stir, and enjoy with your favorite chips or veggies. This is also delicious on eggs, scrambles, tacos, or veggie sandwiches and wraps!

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