Sometimes in life, you want the concept of guacamole, but not all of the zing and guac-ness. I wanted to try something a little different for Cinco de Mayo… Game Day… or… well… for pretty much any day. This guacamole is a little milder and less zingy. It’s also creamier for a dip or to be used as a dressing on your sandwich. You may just call it the softer side of Guac! Oh and PS – this Guacamole Dip and Dressing is naturally gluten-free, vegan, Whole30, paleo, and keto.
Stepson decided that he wanted to have a “Guac-off” between both houses, grandparents, and store-bought. This is the tried and true recipe that I’ve enjoyed for years. I warned him that this version is a little creamier and not as zingy as what he is used to. Well, I didn’t win the Guac-off (he wanted something spicier), but considering he ate the entire vat in one sitting and asked if there was any more, I consider it a win. But then again, he is a teenager, so I think he would eat his sneakers in one sitting if given the opportunity.
So by now, you know that if I’m going to share a healthy recipe with you, I’m also going to tell you why it’s so awesome. Here are all of the nutrition facts:
Avocados are high in vitamin K, vitamin C, folate, vitamins B5 and B6, and contain more potassium than bananas. They contain 15 grams of healthy fats, but don’t let that scare you because these fats are known to reduce inflammation and also help with the absorption of nutrients from plant foods. They are heart-healthy and may help to lower cholesterol and triglycerides and fight cancer. They are loaded with fiber and work wonders to help keep you full.
Cilantro helps to rid the body of heavy metals and protects against oxidative stress. It is an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamins A, C, E, K, calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium.
Here is a fun PS – did you know that cilantro and coriander are the same thing? Cilantro actually the Spanish word for coriander leaves. Cilantro is also called Mexican parsley and refers to the leaves. Coriander usually refers to the seeds.
Garlic seems to be an under-rated superfood. It’s full of flavonoids, amino acids, allicin, and high levels of sulfur. Eating garlic regularly may help to prevent heart disease, cancer, stroke, and infections.
The health benefits/uses of lemon include: throat infections, indigestion, rheumatism, high blood pressure, immunity, cleansing, detoxifying, and is even a cancer fighter. Lemons are excellent sources of vitamin C, B6, potassium, folate, flavonoids and the outstanding phytochemical, limonene.
Loaded with vitamin C, the health benefits of lime include weight loss, skin care, improved digestion, relief from constipation, eye care, respiratory disorders and urinary disorders. Limes are excellent sources of vitamin C, B6, potassium, folate, flavonoids and the outstanding phytochemical, limonene.
Pith is the inner rind that protects the juicy part of the fruit. Pith contains bioflavonoids, which fight allergies, inflammation and even cancer. The pectin in rinds from all citrus fruits has demonstrated dramatic heavy metal detox capacity and has been found to chelate heavy metals and other contaminants from the bloodstream.
Believe it or not, unless you have a sulfur sensitivity, onions are one of the healthiest foods you can eat! They are full of vitamin C, sulphuric compounds, flavonoids, phytochemicals, polyphenols, and quercetin. Onions are a natural antihistamine and may help to lower cholesterol and reduce the progression of diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases.
Just like with any other avocado or guacamole, you need to add a splash of lemon to help temper the browning. And just like with any other avocado or guacamole, it will look perfect at the beginning of the party and not so much by the end. Oh who am I kidding… it will be totally gone before it ever has a chance to brown!
You can use a drizzle of your favorite oil. I know extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) is pretty much a staple these days. I am an oil snob, so I like to add a little drizzle of avocado oil or even MCT oil just because I’m a little wild and crazy.
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I know that zesting the lemon and lime takes a few extra minutes, but it’s worth the time. Trust me. The zest has crazy nutritional value and it really does amp up the flavor. Mix everything up in your Nutri Ninja or blender and you are all set! If you want to keep it “clean eating compliant” with whatever nutrition protocol you are following, then enjoy it with your favorite veggies.
If not, then open up a bag of your favorite gluten-free tortilla chips!
Guacamole Dip and Dressing Recipe
Guacamole Dip and Dressing
Gluten-free, vegan, Whole30, paleo, keto
- 2 Ripe and Pitted Avocados Organic if possible
- 2 TBSP Cilantro leaves or 1 TBSP dried
- 2 TBSP Minced garlic
- 2 TBSP Minced onion
- 2 Limes + Zest
- 1/2 Lemon + Zest
- 1 tsp Extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
Add all ingredients into a Nutri Ninja or blender and mix until desired consistency or creamy.
Enjoy as a dip or dressing!
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Love, hugs, and I will not confirm nor deny if I ate the entire batch myself! 😉HERE. Sources: http://hubpages.com/health/health-benefits-of-lemons-2 https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/health-benefits-of-lime.html http://juicing-for-health.com/health-benefits-of-lime-lemon https://draxe.com/cilantro-benefits/
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