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Guacamole Light ... For Real!

>> Friday, July 26, 2013

One of my favorite websites for healthier and delicious recipes, Hungry Girl, has done it again – this time with an ingenious idea to make guacamole a little easier on the waistline.  

Traditional guacamole is made from avocado, which contains a healthy type of fat called monounsaturated fat, but because avocados are made mostly of fat, the calorie count runs quite high.  In this fabulous recipe, while still based on avocado, peas are incorporated (give it a chance!) as well as greek yogurt to maintain the texture and consistency but provide less calories per bite!

  • One 15-oz. can early/young peas, drained
  • 1/2 cup mashed avocado (about half of a medium avocado)
  • 1/4 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt 
  • 4 tsp. lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/3 cup chopped cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • Optional: chopped fresh cilantro, chopped jarred jalapeños


Place drained peas in a medium bowl and mash thoroughly with a potato masher or fork. Add avocado, yogurt, lime juice, garlic, and seasonings. Continue to mash until blended.  Stir in remaining ingredients.

Makes 6 servings.  Per serving (approximately):  
  • Calories: 64
  • Carbs: 9g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Fat: 2g
Try this as a side to Grilled Fish Tacos, and tell me what you think!

Dr Sue Pedersen © 2013

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