The amazing avocado–easy to digest and rich in antioxidants–an excellent fuel for busy tree trimmers this season. And for all their creamy goodness, they’re surprisingly low in calories. In fact, one avocado has less calories than a can of Coke, but is loaded with iron, potassium, and vitamin C. A can of Coke? Not so much.
So here’s our favorite guacamole recipe from Las Olas yoga instructor, Vanessa. We just added a holiday twist–pomegranate sprinkles! Careful, this makes a generous batch that’ll feed a dozen hungry surfer girls!
8 ripe avocados
8 Roma tomatoes (Romas are best because they are not too juicy.) Tip: Use a 1:1 ratio between avocados and tomatoes
1/2 large white, yellow, or purple onion
1-2 jalapeño peppers
Jalapeños are flavorful, but mild. If you like it spicy, experiment with hotter chiles–chipotle and serrano are a good start, habañero if you want to wake up your party.
1 bunch of cilantro
1 small, juicy lime (Lime juice adds zest and keeps the avocados from turning brown too fast.)
Secret ingredient: 1 tsp or cube powdered chicken bouillon
Sea salt to taste
½ cup pomegranate seeds
One bag tortilla chips (We just found Longboard Organic Tortilla Chips at Trader Joe’s. They’re kinda shaped like a surfboard for easy for dipping. Surfers are so smart.)
~ Peel and pit avocados. Save a couple pits.
~ Dice tomatoes and onion.
~ Finely chop a pepper or two, depending on size. For more flavor, add the seeds.
~ Rinse the cilantro well, remove the roots, and chop it all including the stems. (Most of the flavor is in the stems.)
~ Place avocados in a large bowl and use a potato masher to knead them into a thick paste. Don’t whip, the chunky texture is good.
~ Combine the tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and peppers with seeds into the bowl and mix with a spoon.
~ Stir lime juice into the mix.
~ Add 1 teaspoon of chicken bouillon and 2 teaspoons of sea salt. Stir gently. Make sure to adjust for a smaller quantity–too much will be salty, too little will be flat. For vegetarians, skip the chicken bouillon and add a bit more sea salt and a dash of pepper.
~ Mix thoroughly and laddle into a fancy serving dish. (If you’re not serving for a while, drop an avocado pit or two in the concoction and refrigerate.)
~ Take a break. You deserve it.
~ Sprinkle pomegranate seeds over the peaks and valleys and garnish with a sprig of cilantro. Be creative. Make a snowflake. Make your favorite surf safari logo. The only limit is your imagination!
~ Serve with tortilla chips and your favorite beverage.
~ Tip: If your guacamole turns, the brown layer can be scraped off to reveal appetizingly green guac underneath. Everybody wins!
Buen Provecho y Feliz Navidad!
See you in the waves,
Bev Sanders is founder and president of Las Olas Surf Safaris for Women and editor-in-chief of Jennifer’s Journey, the online travel portal for women adventurers. She started surfing at 44 continuing her lifelong pursuit of introducing women to sports. You’ll find her and husband Chris on the beach in Mexico throughout the surf season.