Citrus Kick Guacamole

citrus guac

Just last weekend, my husband, our friends and I were mowing on this exact recipe on a 90 degree + day.

Who doesn’t love guac on a hot summer day!?

With an empty bowl and recipe requests, I promised to pass along my concoction of creamy, buttery, citrus-y (is that even a word?) zest!

The taste and texture of guac is SO underrated, especially because it packs a TON of health benefits.

  • Avocados promote heart health as a rich source of monounsaturated fat (think olive oil and Mediterranean diet!), potassium (helps regulate blood pressure), and folic acid and vitamin B6 (which help protect arterial walls)
  • They promote optimal antioxidant status as a good source of copper and vitamin C (which provide antioxidant activity and protect cells from free radical oxidative damage)
  • They promote blood and bone health as a good source of vitamin K (aids in proper blood and bone function)

There are so many ways to enjoy this green goodness, and I often use it as a condiment to burgers, salads and omelets. Or, I just grab a spoon… you know the rest.

Check out my recipe for Citrus Kick Guacamole below!

Ingredients: 

3 avocados
1/2 c tomatoes, chopped
1/2 c white onion, chopped
1/2 lemon, juiced
3 tbsp cilantro, chopped (or dried)
1/2 tbsp cumin
1/8 tsp garlic powder (or 1 clove minced fresh garlic)
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (ground red pepper)
1/4 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp sea salt
Dash of pepper

Instructions:

Cut avocados in half, remove the pit, and scoop out the avocado flesh. Either mash by hand or blend until smooth. In a medium bowl, add chopped onions, tomatoes, and lemon juice to the avocado flesh, and then stir in the rest of the seasonings!

Tips & Serving Ideas

  • For ripe avocados, look for those with dark brown-green or almost black skin that gives slightly under pressure
  • When ripe, refrigerate to extend life for about 2 days
  • Add to salads, burgers, omelets and Mexican dishes for a creamy zest
  • Skip the processed chips and crackers, and serve with sliced vegetables (cucumbers, carrots, peppers and/or celery)!
  • When dining out, ask your server for a substitute of sliced veg in place of chips or bread (I just did this last week!)
Enjoy and let me know what you think in the comment section below!!
References:
Mateljan, George. The World’s Healthiest Foods. George Mateljan Foundation: Canada, 2007.
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