It was during a Daniel Fast 4 years ago that I discovered my love for guacamole – homemade guacamole that is, along with all of its health benefits. Wanting to expand my expertise with this delicious avocado and citrus combination, I polled my friends and compiled our favorite Guacamole recipes to share.
Guacamole = Healthy!
This is what I have had for breakfast (or a snack) as often as avocados are available. I know it sounds a little crazy to have guacamole for breakfast but I noticed that I have more energy, my brain feels sharper and my digestion is better when I eat this. All of this makes sense after researching the health benefits of guacamole such as:
High mono-saturated fat content (helps you feel full longer and your brain loves it!)
High potassium levels (helps to even out sodium levels=less bloating)
Gut friendly fiber (aids digestion)
Can be gluten and/or dairy-free (depending on which ingredients you use)
Very alkaline for your body (the less acidic your body is the healthier you stay!)
My SIMPLE Guacamole Recipe:
- 1 or 2 fresh avocados (when you buy them at the store if they are soft when you push on the skin they are ready to eat- if they are firm or hard you have a few days before you can easily mix them with a fork)
- A lemon or lime (I like lime the best but we always have lemons in our house so I use what I have)
- Salt to taste
Cut the avocado in half (don’t forget there is a big seed in the middle). I can usually just squeeze it and the “meat” part slides out on my plate. Repeat for the other half. Smoosh it with a fork. Squeeze half a lemon or lime. Mix some more. Add salt to taste. Mix some more and enjoy it. I usually eat it by itself but sometimes on toast or with crackers.
Simple, quick, and healthy. This is the base for most of the recipes below. Add more or less lemon or lime juice depending on the other delicious additions you choose.
3 avocados to one can of Ro-Tel (drained), garlic salt to taste, tbsp of lemon. Blend but leave a little chunky – not too smooth or it looks like…well, baby poop.
*if your avocados are on the firmer side a blender comes in handy.
Tim’s Favorite Mix
3 avocados, 1/2 red onion diced, 1 jalapeno seeded and diced, salt, pepper, lime juice, diced cilantro
This one is sure to give that spicy kick you may be looking for!
Ashton’s Guacamole Recipe:
4-6 avocados, mashed
1 bell pepper (whatever color desired), diced
1/2 onion, diced
2-3 teaspoons Garlic salt
1 teaspoon chipotle or chili powder
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until well blended and the avocados are mushy (guacamole consistency). You can cook the bell peppers and onion first before adding them into the mix if you prefer.
I’ve also added one teaspoon of bacon grease before and that’s delicious too.
This one may not be the healthiest but it is sure to be delicious!
Southwest Guacamole Dip
I had several friends say they added grilled corn to their dip and one shared this great recipe for southwestern style guac:
Add the following to your mashed avocados: red onion, diced tomatoes, garlic, grilled corn, black beans, lime juice, cumin, and cilantro. All spices to taste
Ok so this is not technically guacamole and it definitely isn’t healthy but when my friend Rachel shared that she stuffed hers (by removing the pit) with cheese and taco seasoned meat I was intrigued. She then breads them and deep-fries them.
Researching this method I got sucked into the rabbit hole of the deep-fried avocado world. Here is a recipe that share more details on deep frying but they add eggs and bacon! Can you imagine???
Really Healthy Guacamole
My friend Jamie is a nurse practitioner and health coach. She is also the one I did the Daniel Fast with so long ago. She shared her recipe below and that she loved to eat it with Radishes! In fact, she was the second to mention radishes with guacamole. Maybe it is worth a try???
1 diced fresh tomato
1 T fresh cilantro
1/4 c. Fresh pico with Vidalia onion and fresh garlic just a 1/4 tsp
(If I’m in a hurry I use Mateos salsa medium)
Jalapeños fresh or “oh snap” pickled jalapeños if you prefer (Pickled are THE best!)
Salt and white pepper to taste
And I eat with radishes sliced not chips or on a bed of mixed greens.
Have you ever had radish slices in place of chips? Another friend places radish slices on top of her guac on toast.
Quick Guac Combos and Tips
– Enjoy smashed avocado on rice cakes or toast with a sprinkle of “Everything But The Bagel” Seasoning from Trader Joe’s.
- A spoonful of sour cream is thought to keep it from browning longer.
- Leave the pit sitting in the guac when serving to a crowd or if it is going to sit out a while. It will keep it from browning longer.
- There are rumors of some who have successfully frozen sliced avocado halves to save to eat during their offseason…(I personally tried this and they were disgusting but you might have better luck!)
- Enjoy your guac on chips, toast, crackers, hamburgers, sandwiches, dip your fresh veggies in it or add a favorite sweet fruit to it for a different taste.
We hope you have enjoyed the overload of Guacamole information today! Do you have a favorite avocado or guacamole recipe you would like to share? Please do!