Guacamole is easy to make, a crowd pleaser, great for your skin, nourishing for your body—what more could you ask for?
This recipe is simple to make and always a hit. We make it whenever we entertain, especially for game nights, barbeques, picnics, and cocktail parties. Serve it out of a big bowl with chips or veggies or as a topping for your burger or taco.
So, you might ask: Why do we love guacamole so much? Isn’t it high in fat? Well, yes, it is high in fat, and that is one of the main reasons we love it.
The fat found in avocados has been shown to increase your body’s absorption of critical vitamins and minerals. For example, adding avocado to dishes with other veggies (like tomatoes) increases carotenoid absorption by up to six times.
And the benefits don’t stop there. Avocados also help convert some carotenoids, such as beta-carotene, into vitamin A. The fat in avocados is largely monounsaturated fat (68 percent), which aids in heart health and may lower the risk of heart disease and improve cholesterol levels. We like the sound of that.
Avocados not only contain healthy and hard-working fats, but they are also high in almost all of the B vitamins (think energy), fiber, vitamin K, and antioxidant vitamins E and C. They are also chock full of magnesium, potassium, copper, and more. Eat up!
Tip: Make sure to scoop out all of the flesh, especially closest to the peel where the highest concentration of phytonutrients lives.
3 ripe avocados
2 plum tomatoes
1 small purple onion or 1/2 large purple onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Optional: handful of parsley or cilantro, diced jalapeno, hot sauce
Cut the avocados in half by running a sharp knife around the pit. Twist the two halves and separate. Squeeze the flesh of the avocados into a large bowl, getting all of the green goodness out, especially closest to the peel.
Squeeze the juice of one lime into the bowl. Sprinkle in 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder. Add in 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mash the avocado mixture with a fork. Chop the tomatoes into 1/4-inch cubes and add to the bowl. Chop the onion into 1/4-inch cubes and add to the bowl.
Optional: Add in chopped parsley or cilantro and jalapeno, if using.
Fold all of the ingredients together to combine evenly. Taste and add more salt or lime if needed. Scoop the guac into a serving bowl and garnish with chopped tomato, onion, and parsley. Sprinkle with hot sauce.
Eat, enjoy, and embody wellness!
Christine Beal Dunst and Stephanie Rapp are the founders of Embody Wellness Company, specializing in creating customizable holistic wellness and nutrition programs targeted at life’s most important milestones: marriage, children, and career. For more information, visit EmbodyWellnessCompany.com