Skinny Guacamole

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This delicious guacamole recipe replaces half the amount of high-calorie avocado in a traditional guacamole recipe with a stealth, low-calorie vegetable—zucchini—to cut 100 calories and 6 grams of fat so we can eat more guacamole with fewer calories. We use the microwave to cook the zucchini until it’s very tender, but you can steam it on the stovetop if you prefer.

Skinny Guacamole
photographer: Peter Ardito
Nutritionist Tested & Approved
  • Total Time: 20 minutes

  • 1 large zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 1 large ripe avocado, cubed

  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco, or more to taste

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  1. Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.

  2. 4 servings, about 1/2 cup each

  3. Place zucchini in a microwave-safe dish, cover with a damp paper towel and microwave on High until tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain in a sieve, pressing lightly on the zucchini to extract any liquid.

  4. Transfer the zucchini to a large bowl; add avocado, cilantro, onion, garlic, lime juice, hot sauce and salt and coarsely mash until combined.

Nutritional Facts

Per serving
96 Calories
8g Carbohydrates
8g Fat
1g Saturated Fat
5g Monounsaturated Fat
2g Protein
0mg Cholesterol
4g Dietary Fiber
409mg Potassium
167mg Sodium
0g Added Sugars
1 vegetable
1 1/2 fat Exchanges
1/2 Carbohydrate Servings
Vitamin C (27% daily value)

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4 replies

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2014-03-27 17:53:36 -0500 Report

Healthy doesn't always mean tasty. So what is wrong with avocados. Squash will not taste the same.

RachelChavez 2013-10-10 16:09:26 -0500 Report

We just tried this for a test of a new feature we will be trying (video recipes!) and it was delicious! I was skeptical of it because of the zucchini but it was so tasty, seriously!