And a good Monday to all of you! This past weekend my husband and I tried to enjoy the outdoor weather as much as possible, which often includes grilling out. He ended up making burgers and in the process made a quick and delicious spread that I can’t wait to share with you guys today. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I don’t mind a little shortcut when it comes to recipes. For me and my husband this includes a little shortcut on guacamole. Now don’t get me wrong, I love homemade guacamole with a fresh avocado but if you’re wanting to maximize what’s in your pantry/fridge at the time, there’s no shame in convenience 🙂 Depending on your taste preference, you can buy the spicy or original version from Wholly Guacamole but when comparing the nutrition facts label, both contain the same amount of calories (100 cals) and sodium (170 mg) per snack pack. Adding in a bit of the light sour cream makes the dip lighter in consistency which makes it versatile as both a dip and spread. But enough about all that…let’s get to the recipe!
Green Chile Guacamole Dip/Spread (for ~2 people)
1 snack pack of Wholly Guacamole (flavor of your choice)
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 red tomato (diced)
1/2 small can green chiles
2 Tb light sour cream
Chop ingredients as listed, combine in bowl and enjoy!
Pretty simple and basic huh? It’s nothing fancy but we certainly found it to be tasty as a spread on our turkey burgers. I enjoyed it the most as a guilt-free dip, especially at about 135 calories for the whole recipe. However, keep in mind that this recipe yields for about 2 people— my husband and I had enough to each have one heaping dollop on our burgers with some left over to dip a few chips on the side. If you’re making this for a get together, I would suggest buying the 7oz Wholly Guacamole pack to prepare.
In terms of nutrition, not only can guacamole/avocados be tasty, but they are an awesome source of heart healthy fats. For many of my clients, we talk about using avocados as a source of fat in their meals since avocados are a great source of monounsaturated fat as well as polyunsaturated fat. Monounsaturated fat is typically found in avocados, nuts, vegetable oils, canola oil, olive oil, sunflower oil with the benefits of helping to normalize blood sugar levels, reduce cholesterol levels, lowers risk of heart disease and stroke, and assist in lowering pain and stiffness for rheumatoid arthritis. If you’re interested in some of the other health benefits of avocados as well as additional healthy recipes outside of guacamole, check out www.avocadocentral.com.