Easy Guacamole May 11, 2015 May 11 2015 When I was a kid growing up on the tiny little island of Bahrain, I used to go with my family to this Mexican restaurant called Senor Pacos. The best part about going to Senor Pacos was the free tortilla chips basket they put on your table as soon as you sat down. Fresh, crispy, warm, and with just the right amount of salt, they were hard to pass up. My eyes would widen and then my mom would warn me “not to spoil my appetite” by eating too many. This was a doomed plan from the beginning because a) they were in front of me; b) the restaurant provided free refills; c) they tasted like heaven in my mouth; d) my appetite wasn’t going anywhere; e) kids don’t listen; f) and you expect a chubby kid to listen? And so we would all tell each other and ourselves to go easy on them, sneaking in “just one more” until the next basket came. Of course, the baskets finished and our appetites would still remain strong because all the salt in the chips just made us want more food (I’m onto you Senor Pacos!…sneaky) But you know what would have helped? Guacamole. (And possibly asking them not to bring the basket to our table in the first place…but work with me here). The answer is GUACAMOLE people. Pairing tortilla chips with guacamole would have balanced out the salt with some good fat and provided satiety much faster. So the next time you’re having some tortilla chips at home and want to avoid becoming a crazed tortilla chip monster, whip up some guacamole. Although…you might become a guacamole monster – which isn’t really a bad thing. Avocados are full of good fats for your brain, skin, hair, managing body weight and lowering bad cholesterol, fibre to keep your blood sugar levels balanced, and nutrients that help nourish a stressed out body like Vitamin B5 and Vitamin C. P.S. Store-bought guacamole is not the same. It’s usually full of sulphites, preservatives and additives, which keep the cravings coming and place more toxic load on your body. Easy Guacamole (Makes a small bowl) Ingredients: 2 Hass avocados 1/2 large tomato, seeded and pulped (basically take out the stuff in the middle), chopped 1/2 red onion, chopped 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped 1/2 large red chili pepper, finely chopped 2 Tbsp. lime juice 1/4 tsp. sea salt 1/4 tsp. ground cumin 1/4 tsp. garlic powder (optional) About Alina I'm a Holistic Nutritionist based in Toronto, Canada and my official title is Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP). I received my diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. I'm a coach and an educator. Follow Alina on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for all of the latest updates.