Zingy. Citrus. Guacamole. YUM. Those three words in the same sentence immediately make my taste buds start dancing and doing the salsa !. This Zingy Citrus Guacamole steps up the citrus notes in traditional guacamole for a super bright and refreshing compliment to the filling and rich avocado.
Back to basics // What is guacamole? I’m sure most of you are familiar, but basically it’s a dip traditionally made of mashing ripe avocados with sea salt in a mortar and pestle originating from Mexican cuisine. Other ingredients are also added such as onions, fresh garlic, chilies, fresh cilantro, lime juice, and tomatoes. Guacamole is typically served with tortilla chips, tortillas, salads, fajitas, etc.
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Why does guacamole get a bad rap at times? I don’t know about you, but avocados and everything that’s traditionally found in guacamole spells out h.e.a.l.t.h.y. to me, not something we should fear strictly because avocados contain fat. I often hear (even from nutritionists/dietitians) to avoid guacamole when eating out due to their high fat content. In reality, food items that should be decreased are the carbohydrate loaded flour tortillas, fried tortilla chips, enchiladas, and mountains of cheese and sour cream. All of which are typically served with guacamole.
Avocados are hands down my favourite healthy fat. Avocados not only have a sensational creamy texture and taste, but are high in fiber, potassium, nutrients, and even a little protein.
NUTRIENT BREAKDOWN OF THE AVOCADO
FACT // If you’re allergic to latex, you may experience a cross-reaction with avocados (similar to bananas, pineapples, kiwis, mangos, passionfruit, strawberries, and chestnuts), this is known as the Latex-fruit allergy syndrome. This is due to the enzyme chitinases. I would exercise caution if you’re allergic to latex when eating these fruits. The good news is, when these fruit are heated their enzymatic properties change (chemistry class 101); this deactivates the enzyme. In other words, you could grill/cook avocados and the like to decrease this enzyme.
Interestingly, when avocados are eaten with tomatoes, which are traditionally served together, the absorption of the carotenoids and lycopene content found in tomatoes is increased by the healthy fats found in the avocados. See now you have justification for wanting to eat your salsa and guacamole together? Let’s dig into this bright and refreshing take on traditional guacamole!
ZESTY CITRUS GUACAMOLE
A traditional recipe turned citrus. This guacamole packs a punch of citrus from both lemon and lime.
Author: Emma Olliff, Dip NT CNM
Recipe type: snack, dip, sauce
TIP to keeping guacamole fresh! Thinly slice fresh lemon (or lime) and gently press and layer the lemons on top of the guacamole in an air tight container, as you know I love my mason jars for all storage purposes! The lemon, a.k.a. citric acid, will help the avocado from oxidizing as quickly and also provides a nice citrus flavor, making it continually taste fresh and bright.
Let me know what you think. Do you have other guacamole versions that you love ? We'd love to know.
Eat Yourself Gorgeous Team x
Your guide to living whole and well. Emma Olliff is a Registered Nutritional Therapist, wellness expert, food lover, and advocate for healthy living!