Healthy Cinco De Mayo Eats: Guacamole

guacamole

Living in Southern California we obviously have a large Mexican influence with the foods we eat. And having lived in Arizona and Texas, as well, you can say that I’ve been eating Mexican food most of my life. So why wait for Cinco De Mayo to indulge?

Many times I’ve heard how Mexican food is so fattening and unhealthy. I don’t know what they are talking about. There’s an easy way to make Mexican food healthy and delicious without adding on the fat and empty calories or carbohydrates.

An easy meal is fajitas. Whether you are making chicken or steak, it’s the vegetables you serve with them that can add some much needed nutrition and fiber to your diet. For my fajitas, I like to add the traditional (onions, bell peppers) to the untraditional (asparagus, zucchini, mushrooms, baby broccoli, green onions). Not only is it colorful, but easy to prepare. Every time I make fajitas for friends and family they always comment, “I never thought of adding that….” And when making fajitas, remember to use a hot non-stick pan with minimal oil. This, too, will keep the calorie count low.

Another healthy modification to your meal is your tortilla. Did you know that many tortillas are made with lard? Read your labels. You can now find in your grocery store a variety of tortillas: no fat tortillas, whole grain tortillas, low carb tortillas, and more. Or skip the bread and use lettuce or cabbage leaves instead! Even better, top your green salad with fajitas.

The same thing goes for refried beans. Something as healthy as beans doesn’t need lard to fatten you up. Again, read your labels. You easily find no-fat refried beans. Kick up the flavor by adding salsa, jalapeño peppers, and/or lime to the mix and you won’t miss the fat!

avocados

As for the garnishes, guacamole is a must. Avocados contribute almost 20 essential vitamins and minerals to your diet. Avocados may contain fat, but it’s not the unhealthy saturated fat, but the mono and polyunsaturated fat your body needs. Learn more nutritional facts about the avocado here. Sour cream? Go low fat. Salsa? Tomatoes are full of lycopene, which is good for the prostate. Rice? Who needs it after eating all the healthy foods you’ve got on your plate

Again, but swapping out the carbohydrates that have little or no fiber with the healthy grains and vegetables that are higher in fiber, you will find your appetite more satisfied and your waistline in a happier shape!

To learn more about this fabulous fruit, check out my friend’s blog: Mimi Avocado. Mimi lives on an avocado ranch. How cool is that? I have toured her beautiful ranch. A little bit of heaven here in Southern California.

I can’t talk about Mexican food without mention my favorite beverage: The Margarita! Okay, maybe not the most nutritious drink, but by adding freshly squeezed lime, you are getting some Vitamin C in your diet!
Delicioso!

Party Guacamole & Chips

Nothing says a party like a bowl of guacamole! Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice

Ingredients:

  • 3 avocados
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced (optional)
  • 1 small tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, fresh, chopped
  • 1 TBS lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper, ground

Directions:

  1. Cut in half:
    • 3 avocados
  2. Using a sharp knife, gently strike the avocado seed with your knife, lodging the knife into the seed.
  3. Holding the avocado half in one hand, use your other hand to turn the knife/seed and pull the seed out of the flesh.
  4. Score the avocado halves with your knife in both directions. Make sure you do not pierce the skin.
  5. Use a spoon to scoop out your avocado pieces and put in serving bowl.
  6. Mash avocado with fork until smooth.
  7. Mix in:
    • 3 garlic cloves , crushed
    • 1 jalapeño pepper , seeded and diced (optional)
    • 1 small tomato , diced
    • 1/4 cup cilantro, fresh , chopped
    • 1 TBS lime juice
    • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
    • 1/8 tsp black pepper, ground
  8. Combine and serve. If serving later, place a sheet of plastic wrap over the guacamole surface to cover. Oxygen is what turns avocado brown. The lime juice and plastic wrap will keep your guacamole bright and green. Leaving an avocado seed in you guacamole will not do anything.

Notes:

Serving Suggestions: Serve with chips.

Prep Time:

Yield: 8 servings

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