Guacamole is a great dip for almost every occasion. It’s bright, fresh, and packed with nutrients such as potassium and healthy fats. However, the calories can add up quickly especially if you are eating it with chips! A great way to keep your calories down while still enjoying this delicious dip is to replace half of the avocado called for with a low calorie vegetable like zucchini or peas. Also, instead of serving guacamole with chips try having it with fresh veggies or whole grain crackers.
This recipe is great because it uses steamed zucchini to cut the calories, but still delivers on taste. You can cook the zucchini (as per the directions below) in a microwave or you can steam it on the stove.
Other variations: add more lime juice, mix in diced roma tomatoes, or sprinkle in some cumin
Per 1/2 cup portion, this dip serves up just under 100 calories
Zucchini Avocado Guacamole
1 large zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
1 large ripe avocado, cubed
1/3 cup fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp lime juice
1/2 tsp hot sauce
1/4 tsp salt
- Place zucchini in a microwave-safe dish, cover with a damp paper towel and microwave on High until tender, 4 to 5 minutes.
- Drain zucchini, pressing lightly to squeeze out any liquid.
- Transfer the zucchini to a large bowl; add avocado, cilantro, onion, garlic, lime juice, hot sauce and salt and coarsely mash until combined, or until a desired consistency is achieved.
Recipe adapted from: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/skinny_guacamole.html