Today I’m sharing a recipe that most people consider fatty or unhealthy. I’m here to disprove the myth and get you saying, “holy guacamole!” before you can finish this blog.
Guacamole. Believe it or not, as long as you skip the corn chips, guacamole is a very healthy source of monounsaturated fat. My version combines avocados, tomatoes and lime juice for a quick, healthful side dish. Instead of using chips, try dipping with carrots, celery, cucumber or any vegetable of your choice. You can always spread “the guac” over a roasted chicken breast together with salsa for a Mexican twist.
Fun fact: If you’ve got under-ripe, rock-hard avocados and can’t wait to make your favorite avocado recipe, place them in a brown paper bag and store them at room temperature. Voila! Avocados ripening before you have a chance to eat them? Place them in the refrigerator and this will slow down the ripening process.
– 1/2 tomato, diced
– 1/4 onion, diced
– 2 Haas avocados
– 1 jalapeno, minced (optional)
– juice from 1/2 lime
– handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
– salt, to taste
– pepper, to taste
Halve avocados and remove the large seed. Score with knife and scoop out the good stuff. Lightly mix all ingredients in a bowl. Leave some chunks of avocado for good texture. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed. Press that plastic wrap right up to the guacamole to keep it nice and green. I like to leave the seeds in the bowl to prove to my friends it’s homemade when they say it tastes so good I must have bought it (stays fresher longer too) 🙂
As always, if you can’t get your monounsaturated fats from the superfood avocado in this healthy guacamole, chew down some almonds, cashews or macadamia nuts. Research shows that diets with healthy amounts of monounsaturated fats have a host of amazing health benefits including decreased risk for breast cancer, reduced cholesterol levels, weight loss and more. Studies have found that switching to monounsaturated fat from diets with trans fats and polyunsaturated fats results in weight loss.
Hope you enjoyed the recipe and information! Check back in next week when I introduce another delicious superfood. If you made this guacamole and love it, comment “holy guacamole!” below and share this with your friends.
To your optimal living,
Mike Sherbakov, CSCS, RYT, CPT
Mark Wolk, Alicia, “A Prospective Study of Association of Monounsaturated Fat and Other Types of Fat With Risk of Breast Cancer,” Archives of Internal Medicine. http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/158/1/41