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Karen Psiaki, RD, LDN

Cinco de Mayo Guilt-Free Guacamole

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, here’s a sinless guacamole recipe I’ve fallen in love with recently. Guacamole is probably one of my all-time favorite dips-slash-condiments, but the regular version is a bit heavy on calories and fat. Granted, the fat in avocados is the healthy kind, and they also contain vitamin C, potassium, and B-complex vitamins! But even so, sometimes there can be too much of a good thing. So I decided to “healthify” my guacamole in a new way by mixing it with Greek yogurt and low fat cottage cheese. Not only does this reduce the avocado concentration to curb fat intake, but it also ups the protein content considerably, taking it from 4g to 37g per batch. And it tastes so good that even the toughest critics and most dedicated Mexican-food lovers will approve! Trust me… even my husband, who hates healthy substitutions on principle, loved this one.

– 1 large (or 2 small) avocado
– ¾ cup low fat cottage cheese
– ½ cup nonfat plan Greek yogurt
– 1 tsp lemon juice
– 1 tsp lime juice
– 1 tsp chili powder
– ½ tsp onion powder
– ½ tsp garlic powder
– ¼ tsp salt
– 1 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped

1. Slice avocado and spoon into a medium bowl.
2. Add cottage cheese and yogurt; blend with immersion mixer (or in food processor) until smooth.
3. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Chill for 1 hour in refrigerator before serving.

This time I served it with toasted pita wedges, but it also goes well with chips, raw vegetables, salads, enchiladas, tacos, nachos, and even chili!

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Karen is a food lover and endorphin addict with a passion for sports and fitness. Growing up as a competitive gymnast, she struggled with poor body image and found it hard to accept and appreciate the body she’d been given. However, with the help of family, friends, and nutrition experts, she was able to turn a negative obsession into a healthy interest… and a career! She now works as a Register…