Whether you are heading out the door to a potluck or settling in for a movie, knowing how to make homemade guacamole that will please the crowd and critics at home is a life skill you will always be grateful to have. Not unlike being able to drive, it’s an essential skill that is a lot easier than it may seem.
The best part: not only is guacamole easy to make but it’s a healthy treat you can dig into without any guilt! 😉 The thing that makes this healthy guacamole recipe so good is it’s star ingredient – turns out avocados are really good for your body in so many ways!
Health benefits of avocado
These popular little green beauties are popular for a reason. Avocados, which are technically a fruit originating from Mexico (little trivia fact for you), have unique health benefits because they are chalk-full of nutrients like vitamins K and C, fiber, potassium and fats that are good for your heart.
Avocados for heart health
Whether you are eating the avocado or using its oil for cooking, you will be helping balance the fatty substances in your blood, like cholesterol. This is because the fat in avocados are mostly healthy fats, called monounsaturated. Diets that have foods with a lot of these healthy fats are more effective at stopping the buildup that clogs arteries than diets with carb-heavy foods.
Avocado for skin health
You may notice that these Mexican treats make appearances in the drug store isles almost as much as they do in the grocery store. Whether it’s on the labels of shampoo or in the ingredients lists of skin care products, avocados have earned their spotlight in the beauty section. This is because the vitamins and fats they contain are natural moisturizers, free from chemicals. Whether you eat them or use topical products like creams and hair products, avocados can help improve your skin, eyes and hair.
Avocado for weight loss
Unfortunately, most of us have been trained to think eating foods high in fat will make us gain weight, not lose it. LIES! More and more, science is proving that foods low in carbs and high in healthy fats help speed up weight loss. Good fats are filling and help increase hormones that make us feel full and less hungry meaning we eat less, go longer between meals, and stop overeating or snacking unnecessarily. So if you’re hoping to lose weight fast or better manage your weight overall, make sure avocados are on your grocery list!
Avocado for anxiety
The healthy fats in avocados naturally help regulate our hormones and moods. This means, making sure your diet has enough healthy fats is supporting your mental health. Ensuring the fats are healthy – like those in avocados – is crucial. Some studies have linked trans fat to higher levels of depression, whereas monounsaturated fats have been shown to help lower anxiety and depression. These fats impact the neurotransmitters in our nervous system that regulate our moods. This helps our brains reduce stress and process thoughts, while also helping produce hormones that keep us balanced overall.
Now that you know all about the health benefits of avocado, you’re about to learn how to make homemade guacamole! I hope you enjoy my healthy guacamole recipe and that you feel a lot better about eating this awesome, Mexican snack. 🙌😊
Homemade guacamole recipe
- 3 Avocado
- 1 Tomato
- 1/4 cup Diced red onion
- 2 tbsp Lime juice
- 1/4 cup Fresh cilantro
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 Garlic clove
- Cut your avocados in half, take out the pit and squeeze the avocado flesh into a bowl
- Mash the avocados up until they are soft and creamy (although if you like it chunky, that’s okay as well!)
- Dice up your tomato, red onion and cilantro and toss in the bowl
- Juice your lime into a bowl so that you can pick out the seeds
- Add salt
- Stir everything up and enjoy!
Tara Klippert is a Registered Health and Nutrition Counselor and holds a diploma in Holistic Nutrition and Health Coaching. Tara helps people clear up cystic acne, balance hormones and blood sugar + improve anxiety and gut health NATURALLY with food.