Guacamole is one of my all time favorite snacks. It’s served at my house as a snack or appetizer about 3 times a week (usually more) because avocados boost immunity, promote healthy skin, aid in digestion and are even heart healthy.
Avocados are a great source of healthy fats, and guacamole is one of the easiest ways to eat them. But, you have to be careful what you’re dipping in your guacamole. Don’t diminish the healthy benefits of avocados by only eating it on corn tortilla chips!
Here are seven of my favorite alternatives to eat with guacamole:
Sliced cucumbers are my absolutely favorite pairing with guacamole. In fact they often replace crackers or chips in my house for all sorts of appetizers because they promote healthy glowing skin, can help reduce inflammation and even lower blood pressure! If you’re using an organic cucumber, leave the skin on for a little extra fiber.
2. Cocktail Shrimp
While I’m allergic to shellfish, Shrimp is a delicious paring with guacamole. If you’re serving it at a cocktail party or dinner, serve it as you would a Shrimp Cocktail but replace the cocktail sauce with your homemade guacamole.
3. Zucchini Sticks
Zucchini is a powerful vegetable. With one serving of zucchini, your body gets 22 milligrams of vitamin C, which is 24 percent of the recommended daily intake for men and 29 percent for women, set by the Institute of Medicine. And it protects your cells from free radicals, too!
4. Sliced Red Bell Peppers
Red Bell Peppers give you a lot of flavor and nutrition for just a few calories. One full cup of bell peppers is only about 45 calories. Plus, it will give you more than your daily levels of Vitamin A and C!
Much like cucumbers, sliced tomatoes can be a great replacement for crackers. While they might not have the crunch like a cracker, they have many beneficial nutrients and antioxidants like alpha-lipoic acid, lycopene, choline, folic acid, beta-carotene and lutein.
Carrots are called a powerfood for a reason. Not only do they help with your eye sight, but they also are great with healthy skin, anti-aging and can help prevent heart disease. Perhaps the most important role they play is the ability to reduce the risk of lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer. So consider slicing these into discs or sticks to dip in your next batch of guacamole for cancer-fighting nutrients.
7. Lentil Crackers
Some of us are texture people, and you might want a little crunch to go along with the texture of guacamole. That’s where Lentil Crackers come in. Not only are these low in fat, but they are also packed with protein, iron, vitamin B1 and essential minerals for a healthy diet.
If you’re looking for a delicious recipe, click here for my homemade guacamole recipe.