Quick and Easy High Protein Guacamole Recipe for Cinco de Mayo

Today is Cinco de Mayo, which according to the California Avocado Association is the largest avocado consumption day of the year. An estimated 87.3 million pounds of avocados will be consumed today, or about 175 million individual avocados or 349 million servings of guacamole! Satisfy your guacamole cravings while building lean muscle with this quick and easy high protein guacamole recipe for Cinco de Mayo.

 

For the Love of Avocados

high protein guacamole

 

There are so many reasons to love avocados. Avocados are one of the best sources of monounsaturated fats, which can help lower bad cholesterol and maintain a healthy cardiovascular system. Avocados also act as a “nutrient booster” by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha- and beta-carotene, natural antioxidants. Naturally cholesterol and sodium free, avocados contain over 20 different vitamins and minerals and a whopping 10 grams of cholesterol lowering and filling fiber per 1 cup serving (the amount of fruit in an average avocado).

 

Boosting the Protein in Guacamole

 

The secret to this recipe is adding high protein, high fiber green peas. Peas sound like an odd thing to put in guacamole, but they add a thicker texture, protein, and a slight sweetness to the dip. If you read my post on smoothies you know I also like adding green peas to my smoothies for the same reason. Giving your guacamole a protein boost will keep you feeling full longer while cutting the fat and keeping the delicious flavor.

 

Now let’s get to the recipe.

 

Quick and Easy High Protein Guacamole

 

Yield: Approximately 3 cups / Serving Size: ~1/4 cup

 

  • 1 cup fresh green peas (or frozen and thawed)
  • 3 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped and seeded
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon finely ground pepper
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic
  • ½ cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

 

  1. In a blender or food processor, puree the peas.
  2. Combine the peas, lime juice, spices, and avocado in the blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  3. Add the pepper, tomato, and cilantro and blend together.
  4. Remove from the mixer and place in a bowl to chill in the refrigerator. Serve cold and enjoy with baby carrots, bell pepper strips, celery, broccoli, or organic corn chips.

 

Per ¼ cup serving:

Calories: 90; Total fat: 7 g; Sat fat: 1 g; Mono fat: 4 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 63 mg; Potassium: 261 mg; Carbs: 7 g; Fiber: 4 g; Sugar: 1 g; Protein: 2 g