Like I said in a recent post about mango salsa, I can’t ever turn down chips and homemade guacamole.
At it’s core, guacamole is healthy, but because it’s made primarily with avocado, it is a calorie-dense treat. So, you usually need to take a “moderation” approach with it…which is hard, I know!
That’s why I was super excited to find this healthier version that cuts calories and fat by substituting some avocado with asparagus. It takes only about 10 minutes to make, so you can whip it up in a hurry.
- 1/2 lb trimmed asparagus
- 1 avocado, ripe
- 1 medium tomato (vine, roma or heirloom works…sometimes I sub in cherry or grape tomatoes too)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup diced red onion
- 1/4 cup minced cilantro
- Juice of 1/2 lime
- 1 small serrano pepper, minced (optional if you like a little kick in your guacamole)
- Steam the asparagus until it’s bright green and tender (about 3-5 minutes)
- When cool, cut asparagus into 1/2-inch pieces and toss them in your blender with the other ingredients.
- Pulse until the guac gets a nice texture (I prefer mine a little chunky…you may like yours a little creamier)
- Season with salt and pepper
- Break out the baked tortilla chips (Garden of Eatin’ and Trader Joe’s are favorites of mine) or opt for chopped veggies to dip.
Per serving (for the guac only): 77 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated), 7g carbohydrates, 4g fiber, 3g protein