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Guacasalsa: A Super Tasty and Healthy Dip Recipe
Posted by Dr. Ben Kim on Oct 27, 2007
If you want to ensure a program of nutritional excellence, it's essential that you include healthy fats -- like those found in avocados -- in your everyday diet. To the best of my knowledge, the low-fat era was essentially created and fueled by studies that did not differentiate between healthy fats and fats that have been damaged by excessive processing and heating.
Damaged fats like those found in hydrogenated oils, margarine, and fat-rich foods that have been heated at high temperatures are harmful to your health, and should be avoided as much as possible.
Healthy fats like those found in avocados, olives, olive oil, legumes, nuts, seeds, green vegetables, eggs from free range birds, and organically raised flesh meats that have not been cooked at high temperatures are essential to every aspect of your health. For a detailed discussion on this topic, please feel free to view Understanding Fats and Oils and Healthy vs. Unhealthy Fats and Oils.
Enjoy the following guacasalsa recipe - it's super rich in healthy raw fat found in avocados, and goes well with baked corn chips, brown rice and beans, or any other dish that you typically eat with salsa or guacamole.
2 ripe avocados (rough-skinned ones that give slightly to pressure)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon or lime juice
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 garlic clove
2 green onions (scallions), thinly sliced on an angle
1/2 cup minced red onion
1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, and cut into small, bite-size cubes
1 jalapeno pepper, stem and seeds removed, minced (optional)
Combine cilantro, green onions, garlic, red onion, cucumber, and jalapeno in a medium-size bowl.
Cut ripe avocados in half and remove pits. If you aren't accustomed to removing avocado pits, here's how: Hold the half that has the pit in your palm, pit side up, and allow the force of gravity to allow a sharp knife to fall down on the pit (maintain good grip on knife with other hand). With the knife slightly but firmly imbedded in the pit, turn the knife a quarter turn clockwise or counter-clockwise - the pit should come right out.
With pits removed, working on half an avocado at a time, make a series of 1/4-inch cuts vertically and horizontally with a knife, cutting down to the skin of the avocado but not piercing the skin. Use a spoon to scoop out diced flesh. Add diced avocado pieces to the bowl of mixed vegetables that you prepared above, add lime or lemon juice, and season with sea salt, to taste.
Be sure to be gentle in mixing the avocado pieces with the rest of the vegetables - this will keep the avocado pieces mostly intact, which will result in a wonderfully fresh and homemade look and feel to this delicious guacasalsa dip.
Enjoy the unforgettable flavors and health benefits of this guacasalsa recipe!
Please note: As long as you don't use salt, this recipe is suitable for the Full Body Cleanse program.
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