Wahoo avocado season! Cinco de Mayo and summertime mean I’ll be making Simple Spicy Guacamole all the time and what a crowd pleaser this recipe is because it has just the right amount of added herbs and spiciness. Avocados are a fruit high in healthy fat, particularly monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs).
Half an avocado contains 161 calories, 15 grams of fat, 0 grams of cholesterol, 7 grams fiber, antioxidants and nutrients like calcium and potassium. The dark green part of the fruit closest to the skin is highest in antioxidants because of the increased exposure to sunlight so be sure to scrape every part you can with a spoon while you’re prepping your recipes for access to healthful polyphenols. For a great source of fiber, healthy fat and nutrients, feel free to enjoy your avocado all year long. And be sure to include my simple, spicy guacamole recipe in your party preparations, as a quick dinner add-on, or even as an after work snack.
- 3 ripe avocados removed from skin and pit
- 1 lime (juiced)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1 large ripe tomato (diced with seeds removed)
- 1 clove garlic (minced)
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 serrano or jalapeno pepper (diced)
- In a large bowl pour lime juice over avocado slices and toss to coat. Use a masher or fork to combine salt, pepper, and cumin into avocado and lime mixture. Mash the avocados completely to the perfect “dipping” consistency. Fold in tomatoes, cilantro, serrano/jalapeno and garlic. Serve with chips or veggies.
Ginger Hultin,MS, RD, CSO
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