A Summer BBQ Staple, with a fresh and fruity twist
Avocados are all the rage lately. And I am ALL for it! Avocado toast, avocado smoothies, avocado brownies, and of course the classic – guacamole. With Summer just about here, we’ll be attending more BBQ’s and outdoor parties, snacking poolside or at the beach, while still looking to staying healthy and feeling our best. Some of us may be snacking on healthy carbs like raw fruits and vegetables. Some of us may reach for the healthy fats like guacamole (avocados) and hummus (chickpeas). There is no right or wrong, as long as you are eating clean.
In my fresh take on a classic dip, I blend fruity flavors with creamy avocado, for a bright and refreshing Summer snack. I absolutely love the bursts of juicy pomegranate seeds and how they add a surprise to one of my favorite dips. Other fruits that are fun to add include mango or pineapple. Keeping it bright, fresh, juicy, and tropical for Summer.
Another twist I added to this guacamole was using shredded basil instead of cilantro. Many of you may experience a soap-like taste when eating cilantro, and this is a genetic related distaste for the herb. You can 100% leave out herbs altogether, but I like the dark green contrast of a leafy herb mixed in with the light green avocado. And by using basil you appeal to most tastebuds.
Many of you may surprised to learn that avocados are a fruit. Yes, really! Because they are a low-carbohydrate and high-fat fruit, it often gets confused as a vegetable or other plant source. In a single serving (3.5 oz), there are 160 calories, 2 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber, 2 grams of carbs, and 15 grams of healthy fats. Avocados are one of the amazing healthy fats found in nature that will not make you fat. Avocados are healthy for other reasons including:
- Abundant in vitamins and minerals. Mainly Vitamins B5, B6, C, E, and K and minerals folate and potassium. These vitamins and minerals are most commonly known for reducing blood pressure and blood sugar regulation, immune support, cancer fighting, and overall support of the heart and bones.
- Contain heart-healthy fats and can help lower cholesterol.
Sneaking in pomegranate seeds also adds lots of health benefits to an already pretty healthy dish. Benefits of pomegranate seeds include:
- 7 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein, high in Vitamins C and K, and high in minerals folate and potassium.
- High in anti-oxidants for disease fighting properties.
So the next time you or your family is hosting a party or the next time you are invited to a party, offer to make the guacamole! To ensure you are getting in your daily dose of veggies, pair the dip with carrot sticks, cucumbers, sliced bell peppers, and jicama for a crunchy sidekick.
Happy Summer little clementines!
- Prep Time: 5m
- Cook Time: 5m
- Total Time: 10m
- Category: Seasonings and Sauces
- 2 ripe Hass avocados
- seeds from 1/2 a pomegranate
- 1/2 red onion, chopped
- 3 basil leaves, finely chopped
- 1 lemon or lime, juiced
- 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp. ground sea salt
- 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
- Begin by washing, chopping, and prepping all your fruits and vegetables.
- In a large bowl add ripened avocado and use a fork to make until mostly smooth and creamy. It does not have to be perfectly smooth. Scooping up a nice chunk of avocado is the best!
- Mix in red onion, pomegranate seeds, and basil. Stir until just combined.
- Squeeze lemon juice and add seasoning. Stir well.
- Enjoy with crunch veggies or whole grain tortilla chips!