I love guacamole – and the nutritional benefits that avocados provide – but I don’t always have time to whip some up. Or a kitchen available at all times of the day. Case in point, once I tried to make an impromptu version of guacamole on a long plane ride. I brought an avocado and lime with me in my carry on. I was trying to mash it up in a cup.
I ended up with lime all over my hands. There was a bit of a mess on my tray table. And the person next to me looked at me like I was insane. Lesson learned.
I found Wholly Guacamole a few years ago, and I love their products because they’ve got natural ingredients – just avocado, jalapeno puree, onion, salt, and garlic. No preservatives and no laundry list of hard to pronounce ingredients. Plus, they make 100 calorie packs of guacamole! These are convenient, portable, and portion controlled. Just what I needed for that plane ride a few years back!
- 100 calories
- 10 grams of fat – most of which are monounsaturated, heart healthy fats!
- 170 mg of sodium
- 330 mg (9% of your daily needs) of potassium, important for muscular health and blood pressure regulation
- 5 grams of carbohydrate
- 3 grams of dietary fiber to support digestive and cardiovascular health
- 1 gram of protein
- Small amounts of many different vitamins and minerals
- Lots of phytonutrients which may play a role in health promotion and disease prevention
Combine this with some baby carrots, chopped celery, or sliced bell peppers for a healthy snack. Or at lunch time, consider adding some guacamole to a whole wheat wrap with turkey and mixed greens. You could also try one of my favorite quick lunches – make a “baked” potato in the microwave and top with some canned low-sodium black beans, broccoli, and guacamole or salsa!
Wholly also makes a salsa line, which are tasty and healthy too. When I need a quick dip at home for a party, sometimes I’ll mix their guacamole packet with a salsa packet. It bulks up the volume and reduces the calorie count per tablespoon, since salsa is less calorically dense than guacamole.
Alright, are you ready to win some yet?! To enter our giveaway, all you have to do is post a comment below by Saturday, 12/22/12, answering the question:
What’s your favorite way to use guacamole or salsa?
We will randomly select 10 winners and mail you each a coupon for a free Wholly Guacamole or Wholly Salsa product!
Terms: You must be at least 18 years of age to enter and you will be required to provide your address within 48 hours if drawn as a winner. Please note that we are not responsible for items that get lost in the mail.
Disclosure: Wholly Guacamole provided me with 10 coupons for a reader giveaway. All opinions expressed are my own, and as always, I only partner with companies and brands I believe in.