September 16 is National Guacamole Day. Did you know that avocados, the main ingredient in good guac, are a fruit?
According to the researchers at National Today, one quarter of people surveyed say they eat guacamole at least once a week! Also, guac is something people ready to open our wallets to pay for -- 38% of Americans say that guacamole is always worth the extra money.
Guacamole has grown in popularity over the years in the U.S. In 2014, Americans consumed 7 pounds of guacamole each on average, while just 20 years earlier, we had only been eating 1 pound per year on average each. (True, that one pound is actually quite a lot of guacamole!) According to the California Avocado Association, Cinco de Mayo is also one of the largest avocado consumption days of the year. If you can believe it, eighty-seven million pounds of avocados and 349 million servings of guacamole are consumed in one day.
Is your mind blown yet? Just wait...
Wanna Punch Up the Protein in Your Guac With a Secret Ingredient?
Our LIVESTRONG.COM guac recipe is more nutritious, just as tasty and contains more protein to keep you fuller longer because it contains a secret ingredient.
Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone: It’s fresh green peas!
Yes, it’s true. You can easily enhance your guacamole by “hiding” a nutritious veggie inside.
Adding a half cup of fresh green peas to your guacamole will add in vitamin C, vitamin A, iron and nine grams of protein while cutting the fat and keeping the creamy texture and delicious flavor.
Here's our video showing how easy it is to make:
Recipe for LIVESTRONG's 'Easy Peas-y' Guac
Fat: 8 grams
Carbs: 9 grams
Protein: 2 grams
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 8-10 people
Yield: Approximately 3 cups
Serving Size: 4-5 tablespoons
- 1/2 cup fresh green peas (shelled)
- 3 avocados, pitted and peeled
- 1 tomato, chopped
- 1/2 diced red onion
- 2 serrano or jalapeño peppers, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
- 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
- Juice of 2 limes
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1. In a blender or food processor, purée peas.
2. Combine the peas, lime juice, spices and avocado in the blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
3. Add red onion, serrano peppers, tomato and cilantro and blend together.
4. Remove from the mixer and put in a bowl to chill in the fridge. Serve cold, and enjoy with baby carrots, celery and broccoli. And OK, maybe some (organic) corn chips. (Choose organic chips if you want to avoid GMO corn – 88 percent of the corn grown in the U.S. is GMO.
JESS BARRON is VP & GM for LIVESTRONG.COM, a leading healthy lifestyle website with over 29 million unique monthly viewers. Jess's passion is inspiring people to live healthier and better. In addition to LIVESTRONG, her writing has appeared in Entrepreneur, Fortune and MyDomaine. She has appeared on MSNBC, ABC News and XM Satellite Radio. Jess has been a keynote speaker on health topics at Health Further and a panelist at Create & Cultivate and Digital Hollywood. Follow Jess on Instagram at @jessbeegood and on Twitter too!