National Guacamole Day and What to Dip for Weight Loss
Today is National Guacamole Day, so get ready for parties and weight loss! That is right! Avocados are high in healthy fats, low in carbs, high in fiber, and sources of antioxidants.
Guacamole is easy to make. Puree or mash some avocados and season to taste with ingredients such as garlic, lime, diced onion, sea salt, and cilantro for a traditional recipe. Otherwise, go to town with twists such as parmesan, tomato, and basil, black bean and corn, diced apples, or pineapple and mango.
Now, what to dip? Serve that guac with sour cream and tortilla chips, and your celebration of National Guacamole Day can quickly turn into a day of regret. Serve it with some of the following choices, and your celebration can be guilt-free.
Protein Chips and Pretzels
Protein Chips and Pretzels are the answer to the chip-lover who needs to lose weight. Get your crunch without the potatoes and white flour as you trade starches for protein. Many of the choices have 15 grams of protein per serving, along with a dose of fiber to add to the fullness factor.
Try Tortilla-Style Chips, Protein Potato Chips, Pretzel Twists and Sticks, and Krinkles and Puffs in almost every flavor imaginable. Classic ones include Sea Salt, Barbecue, Ranch, and Sour Cream, but you cannot go wrong with Cinnamon Toast or anything you choose.
Raw Vegetables and Fresh Fruit
Are you interested in getting more fiber and making your guacamole snack more filling without many more calories? Are you looking for ways to get more fruits and vegetables in your diet? Pairing them with guacamole is a win-win situation. Celery, carrots, cauliflower, bell peppers, and broccoli are all great choices for dipping. So are apple slices, pineapple strips, and melon cubes.
Beans and Shrimp
Are you ready to pair your guacamole with another superfood? Bean Snacks consist of garbanzo and other beans, and are seasoned with herbs and spices. They are naturally high in protein and fiber. If you are not into beans, shrimp and strips of chicken breast are also great companions for guacamole.
Keep it totally low-carb with crunchy Cheese Snacks. These are not the cheese-flavored, starchy puffs and crisps you might find in the regular snack aisle. These are pure cheese, such as parmesan, cheddar, and asiago. They come in plain varieties and spiced varieties such as Tomato Basil, Chili Lime, Bacon Barbecue, and Jalapeno, just to name a few. They have a good dose of protein and almost no carbs. What a way to enjoy your guacamole!
Smart dipping choices for your guacamole can have big benefits for your waistline, and be just as tasty and satisfying as tortilla and potato chips. Whip up a big batch, invite your friends over, and celebrate health and guacamole together.
- Alex Brecher