Are there certain foods that you absolutely love now, but when you were younger you either couldn’t stand or couldn’t even fathom eating? Avocados are one of those foods for me. I know, crazy, right?? While they are now a staple in my diet, there was a time when the thought of eating that creamy green fruit (it’s not a vegetable, technically) made me want to gag. Mind you, I had never actually TRIED avocados. They just looked gross to me.
I honestly don’t remember how old I was when I finally tried avocados (I have the worst memory, like legitimately), but what I do remember is that I tried them in the form of guacamole. And then my life changed! The creamy, mild taste of the avocado married perfectly with the crunchy, sharp bite of the onions, the sweetness of the tomatoes and the freshness of the cilantro. I couldn’t stop eating it!
Fast-forward to today, and one of my most frequent impulse purchases at the grocery store is a big ol’ tub of store-made guac. That’s actually how I came to try Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt Guacamole. For me, the worst part of my guacamole addiction is the calorie count. Yes, avocados are great for you, and the fat they contain is good fat. But they have a lot of calories, and I can’t seem to keep my portions in check with something that tastes so good!
The “reduced guilt” is what really sold me on that Trader Joe’s guac. How do they lessen the guilt? They add Greek yogurt to give more volume to the guacamole with minimal calories (and added protein!). It’s genius, really, and I wish I had thought of it first. And taste-wise, it adds a little tang to the guacamole that’s really delicious.
The thing about this stuff is that you can totally recreate it at home. Sure, it’s easier to just pick up a container while you’re grabbing Cookie Butter, whole wheat pizza dough and other Trader Joe’s staples. But, if you have some Greek yogurt you need to use up, this is a great way. And, yeah, I’m totally not the first blogger to think of recreating this idea, according to a Google search.
Below are the ingredients I used; it’s just my standard guacamole recipe with the addition of Greek yogurt. Feel free to use your own guac recipe and add in some Greek yogurt!
1 medium avocado
4-5 tablespoons Greek yogurt (I used Fage 0% — and the more yogurt you use, the tangier it will be)
¼ cup diced red onion
¼ cup diced Roma tomato with the seeds removed
1 tablespoon finely diced jalapeno (use more or less depending on how spicy you like it)
1 heaping tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro (again, use more or less to your own taste)
1 small clove minced garlic
Squeeze of lime
Salt and pepper to taste
Mash up your avocado as much as you like, then add in the rest of the ingredients. The more you mash the avocado, the creamier it will be – because, remember, you’re adding in a creamy yogurt. So if you like chunks of avocado, don’t go too crazy with the mashing. Then gobble it up with tortilla chips, veggie sticks or whatever your vehicle of choice is for shoveling it into your mouth.
The recipe above makes a little over a cup of guacamole. I split it into two servings, and the nutritional estimates for one serving are as follows (according to MyFitnessPal):
144 calories, 11.1 grams fat, 8.5 grams carbs, 4.6 grams protein, 5.2 grams fiber
As an aside, my apologies in advance for the fact that my photos – and, particularly, my food photos – all look pretty much the same. Photo styling is hard, y’all, and I’m still getting the hang of it. I’ve been sticking with a white backdrop, as that’s been easiest for me to do. The writing part of blogging is easy for me, but photos, not so much. But I promise that I’m working on stepping up my photo game!!
Anyhow, I’d love to hear your stories of foods that you once hated, yet now love. Share them in the comments below! And if you try this recipe, let me know how it turns out!