Low Glycemic Index Guacamole

guacamole low gi ingredients

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: n/a

Number of ingredients: 9

Average Glycemic Index Rating of Ingredients: 17.14

When people think of low GI recipes, they’re mainly considering meals.  But what about sides?  After all, even though you’re on a low glycemic diet, that doesn’t mean you don’t like to eat a lot, and doesn’t mean you don’t want to have get-togethers with friends, which call for sides.  Enter guacamole, one of the most delicious side dish ever invented. Most guacamole recipes are in fact low GI, but with this one, you can be sure it has only low glycemic foods for ingredients and will still provide an outstanding snack at your party.

Be careful, though. With guacamole comes the temptation to combine it with high glycemic foods like tortillas and chips.  Don’t succumb to these pitfalls.  Instead, there are many options for meals and snacks with guacamole that won’t subvert your diet goals. Here are some ideas for how to augment this amazing Mexican side dish:

  • Mix it with chopped chicken breast and green leaf lettuce to create a protein-filled, satisfying salad
  • Dip with sliced cucumbers for an easy snack
  • Top on some scrambled eggs with salsa
  • If you’re really wanting a traditional Mexican dish with guacamole, use paleo tortillas that have lower GI

This recipe serves 4.

Ingredients

  • 2 avocados
  • 2 roma tomatos, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 of a jalapeño (If you like spice 🙂 )
  • 1/2 of a head of cilantro
  • 1/8 of a white onion or purple onion, chopped (depending on which flavor you like more)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 of a lime

Directions

  1. Chop the cilantro until it is finely diced, or better yet, use a food processor to get it really fine)
  2. Chop the jalapeño (same as with the cilantro, a food processor might be helpful here)
  3. Add cilantro, garlic, tomatoes, onion and jalapeño to the avocados, mash with fork (don’t overdo it – keep it chunky)
  4. Squeeze in the lime and add salt and pepper to taste

Glycemic index ratings are referenced from the following sources: Harvard Health Publications, WH Foods, and the Ultimate Paleo Guide.

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