Lower Fat Guacamole! Avocados are an amazing fruit, they’re creamy and high in healthy plant fat. However, it’s super easy to go overboard with guacamole. We’ve all been there, you get some guacamole at a restaurant and look it up later and you’ve had nearly 800 calories just in your dip and the majority of those are fat calories! Not to mention, afterwards instead of energized you need a nap!
Balancing Omega 3:6
This recipe will give you healthy plant fats in a more adequate amount and a better ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6. Avocados are high in Omega 6, which is an essential fatty acid, but generally we overeat Omega 6 so it’s not in balance with our Omega 3. Omega 3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) are critical for the conversion to DHA, which is essential to brain function, and they are alkalizing and anti-inflammatory. Omega 3s are in leafy greens, non-starchy vegetables, fruits in low amounts, as well as hemp seeds, chia seeds & flax seeds.
By stretching the fat in this guacamole with salty vegetables like celery, you have the same savory experience with a better ration of Omega 3 to 6 EFAs. I always follow up a day where I’ve had avocado with a few days of having a more Omega 3 rich fat like a hemp seed based salad dressing. 🙂
Stretching The Fat
‘Stretching the fat’ is a great term I learned while getting more into the Low Fat Raw Vegan (LFRV) lifestyle and is essential to maintaining optimal health and weight. I find I only need 1/2 an avocado in my day to meet my ideal amount of fat grams, so with this guacamole I can have a whole cucumber sliced and a dipping bowl full of guacamole and still have most of the recipe to share.
This lower fat guacamole will also keep in the fridge for at least a day, so feel free to save leftovers!
- 3 stalks celery
- ½ medium zucchini
- ¼ onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 2 medium avocados
- 2 scallions, diced
- 1 cup cilantro, chopped
- ½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 2 tsp sea salt (optional)
- Blend the celery, zucchini, onion, garlic, sea salt, and lemon juice until smooth.
- Add in the avocados and pulse till smooth. Don't overblend or the texture will be more like mousse instead of guacamole.
- Add in the cilantro, scallions and tomatoes and pulse until chunky.
- Serve with cucumber slices or veggies for dipping! Enjoy