Think of a food you dislike.
Maybe you’ve tried it before, maybe you haven’t. Either way, you know you don’t like it, and there’s no way anyone can get you to try it…right?
Until about 4 years ago, guacamole was one of those foods for me. Why? Because I was CONVINCED that guacamole had mayonnaise in it…and I’ve always disliked mayonnaise.
One day at work, we had a healthy cooking demo taught by a health coach like me, and we were learning to make none other than…guacamole! I had all but made up my mind that I wasn’t going to try it.
Fortunately, it didn’t take long before I realized that it was NOT made with mayonnaise and that everyone else was trying it, so…
I gave in to peer pressure and was shocked to find out I LOVED IT!
What had I been missing??
Ever since that day, I’ve been an avocado and guacamole lover.
Avocados are one of the healthiest foods you can eat AND are known as a beauty detox food. Here are just a few of their awesome health benefits:
- Heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, vitamins and minerals promote moisturizing from the inside, which means healthy, smooth, radiant skin (a true beauty food!)
- The healthy fat helps our bodies better absorb antioxidants from other fruits and veggies
- The antioxidant they contain – glutathione – is a powerful cancer-fighter
- The combo of good fat and fiber helps control blood sugar
My favorite ways to use avocados are in dips, soups, desserts, mixed in to salads, and (of course!) in guacamole. I found a super simple recipe that used a slightly different combo of ingredients than the usual ones, so I thought I would test it out.
Two of the other ingredients in this guac – cilantro and scallions (AKA green onions) – are also great for you. Cilantro helps the body detoxify and onions are one of the top anti-cancer GBOMBS foods, so enjoy them all you want!
Green Goddess Guacamole
- 2 ripe avocados, seeded and peeled (here’s how to cut and peel an avocado)
- 1 tablespoon FRESH lime juice (don’t sub the bottled kind)
- 3-4 tablespoons green onions, thinly sliced (also called scallions)
- 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (add more to taste)
- fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- Optional: 1/2 ripe tomato, seeds and pulp removed, chopped
- In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients and mash with a fork or potato masher until you reach your desired consistency. We like ours to be a bit chunky, so we don’t mash it too much.
We love dipping fresh veggies like carrots, cucumber, celery, red peppers, and sugar snap peas into our guac, along with these tortilla chips!