I think most of us love dips and the idea of something creamy and delicious where you can dip some crackers, veggies or even a slice of bread! For me there were two things before I changed my diet that were always in my fridge and that I was dipping everything into, those two things were mayonnaise and ketchup. I will admit that I couldn’t go even a day without at least dipping a little bit of bread or cheese (or anything really) into one of those two or preferably both! You know if sometimes you think how you would like to eat better and change something in your diet because of your health or just general well-being, but you find yourself thinking ‘I can’t do it’, remember this: if I, who ate mayonnaise every single day of my life since I was a child and it was my FAVORITE thing in the world to eat (gosh how many cheese + mayo sandwiches I had in my life!), now don’t eat it at all and actually don’t miss it, don’t crave it, don’t need it, than you can do it as well if you want to!
To be totally honest here, in the last 1.5 years I did eat mayonnaise two times exactly and those two times were both for New Years as I always make Olivier salad (in Croatia we actually call it “French salad” and in some countries they call it “Russian salad”) for that occasion. The salad is made with boiled potatoes, carrots, eggs, green peas, tart apples (some use pickles instead), mayonnaise, mustard and yes it’s delicious. It’s somewhat of tradition in many countries, Croatia being one of them, to make this salad as a side dish for your New Year’s Eve dinner and have leftovers for the New Year’s lunch as well, normally with a nice roast as a main dish. So I made it for my family but yes I ate some too and didn’t feel guilty at all eating it as I knew that it’s not a regular thing for me anymore and that after New Years I just won’t buy any and I won’t be eating any. So yes, I stopped eating processed food and that has helped me heal my body and made me feel so much better but if occasionally I taste something like that, it’s important to still have a healthy attitude towards food and not think that you are doing something so wrong or feel guilty about it. No, no, we should never have those feelings towards food as they can turn into something really ugly and obsessive and that’s not a good thing.
I think very important thing if we want to stop or reduce eating something processed / unhealthy is to: 1.) don’t buy it (simple as that but if you don’t have it in the house, you won’t eat it!) and 2.) replace it with something equally delicious but healthy! Those two are the little tricks you can do for yourself and they helped me when I started this nutrition change. And that’s how we come to guacamole or creamy avocado dip! Or equally delicious hummus, chickpeas creamy spread (for recipe see here). 🙂
So, guacamole is an avocado based dip that originates from Mexico but is popular worldwide. Guacamole dip is traditionally made by mashing ripe avocados and sea salt with mortar and pestle. But today most of the recipes call for some of these ingredients: tomato, onion, garlic, lemon or lime juice, chili or cayenne pepper, cilantro or basil. As the major ingredient of guacamole is raw avocado, the nutritional value of the dish derives from avocado vitamins, minerals and fats, providing dietary fiber, several B vitamins, vitamin K, vitamin E and potassium in significant content.
It’s creamy and delicious and perfect for dipping! This is how I make it…
- 3 ripe avocados, mashed
- 10-15 cherry tomatoes
- juice from 1 lemon
- small bunch of fresh coriander, finely chopped
- salt & pepper
- 1 clove garlic or ½ small red onion, finely chopped (optional)
- Note: I make it more mild as I don't eat garlic and onions now but feel free to adjust to your taste.
- Remove the stone from avocados and scoop the flesh into a mixing bowl. Squeeze the lemon juice on the avocado flesh and mash it using a fork until it's creamy.
- Cut the cherry tomatoes in half (or smaller if they are larger) and chop finely the coriander and garlic or onion if using.
- Add them to the mashed avocado, season with salt and pepper per your taste and just combine all together using a spoon. Serve with some fresh coriander and enjoy!
- Note: Using lemon (or lime) juice is very important here because otherwise your guacamole will soon turn ugly brown color (because of oxidation process). That's why I, before putting the leftovers in the fridge and cover it with plastic foil, sprinkle a bit more fresh lemon juice on top to prevent it turning brown.