Chef's Secrets For Healthier Guacamole

Because, #nationalguacamoleday.

September 15, 2015
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Grab your sombrero and sip a healthy margarita, National Guacamole Day is upon us. Every year on September 16 there's one thing most people can agree on—there's no such thing as too much guac. Except, well, there is—when it comes to your waistline. The traditional guacamole you may crave from your local Mexican restaurant may just be overloaded with sodium and other unnecessary add-ins. But according to Hilton Los Cabos Executive Chef Mauricio Lopez, the best guac (and the healthiest, too!) is one with little add-ins.

"The traditional Mexican way isn't without adding a ton of extras. Smash the avocados, use a drop of lemon or lime juice and a dash of regular salt," advises Lopez. "Little ingredients and it will go four to six hours without turning black."

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As you can imagine, Lopez is constantly making the popular dish in his kitchen. His other tips for keeping your guacamole experience low-calorie? Watch what you dip and make sure you're keeping your serving size in check. The appropriate serving for one person is 1.5 ounces, which is equivalent to one shot glass. 

We know, we know. A shot glass of guac could fit on two tortilla chips alone. If you want to indulge, stick to Lopez's suggestion of using healthier transportation tools. Translation: Ditch the tortilla chips.

"You don't need to eat guacamole with tortilla chips," says Lopez. "Instead, try carrot chips, beet chips,fresh vegetable crudite, cucumber slices."

Cravings reaching an all-time high? Celebrate the holiday today by trying out Thug Kitchen's everyday guacamole recipe, from their upcoming book Thug Kitchen Party Grub.

Everyday Guacamole
(Serves 2 to 4 people)

Ingredients
2 avocados, preferably Hass
1/4 cup diced red or white onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 jalapeño or Fresno pepper, minced
Juice of 1/2 lime
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
Pinch of salt
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 tomato, chopped

Directions
1. In a medium bowl, mash up the avocado to your desired consistency. Mix in the onion, garlic, pepper, lime juice, cumin, and salt. Fold in the cilantro and tomato.