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Go Ahead — Eat the Guacamole!

posted by sbrown

The last in our series of surprise low-glycemic foods is another which you probably avoided in other diets.  The avocado has received a bad rap over the years and is listed as an exception in the “eat fruits and vegetables” chapter of many diet books.  That’s because avocados do contain fat and are higher in calories than most other vegetables.  One fifth of an avocado has 50 calories.  However, the fat is one of the “good fats.” ( We’ll talk more on fats —  the good, the bad, and the ugly, in another post.) Also, the fats and fiber make the avocado low glycemic, even though it is higher in calories.

Avocados are high in some essential nutrients, too. They contain significant amounts of Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, magnesium, lutein, Vitamin E, potassium,  and folate.

Guacamole is the way we most often eat avocados — at least here in the southwest where we like Tex-Mex and Mexican food.  So, for low-glycemic recipe day, we are featuring guacamole.

You might have already noticed, but I’m the kind of cook who picks out recipes with names that include words like “super easy,” “foolproof,” and “quick.” I could excuse myself with the fact that I live in a travel trailer with a tiny kitchen that has NO counter space.  Also, my refrigerator is non-functioning and had to be pulled out to repair, which means we had to turn off the propane.  So now I also have no stove or oven.  To be honest, though, I never was much of a cook, and if a recipe could be somehow messed up, I would find a way to do it!

I looked through dozens of guacamole recipes and this is the easiest-looking one I found.

Easy Guacamole

• Avocados (number depends on the amount of guacamole you are making.)

• About 1/4 t salt per avocado

• About 2 T salsa per avocado

• About 3/4 t garlic powder per avocado

• About 1/2 t lemon or lime juice per avocado

• Optional: Chopped cilantro, chopped onion

Preparation:

1) Cut the avocados in half, remove the pit, and scoop the avocado meat from the skin.

2) Add the salt, juice, salsa, and garlic powder and mash together.

4) Add optional ingredients like chopped cilantro or chopped onion.

One friend says she adds a teaspoon of mayo to give a the guacamole a creamier texture.  Another says her secret is to use fresh-pressed garlic.  Some of the recipes I looked up recommend a chopped tomato and a chopped onion instead of salsa.  Others suggest cumin, chili powder, or chopped hot peppers.  I plan to start with the easy version and experiment to find out what tastes best.

Does anyone have a favorite recipe to share?  Please post in the comment section. I’d love to see them — and try them out.

Eating to live and living for Christ,
Susan Jordan Brown



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sbrown

posted June 28, 2011 at 6:46 pm


Sounds good!



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sbrown

posted June 27, 2011 at 9:57 am


Yes, Linda, and the more good things we can eat (in moderation) the more likely we will have a plan we can do for life! Thanks for commenting.



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Linda G. howard

posted June 26, 2011 at 6:54 pm


Avocados are nature’s most nearly perfect food. While we cannot make a total diet of avocados (though I wish we could), they are a great addition and soooo good for us.



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