Make a Delicious, Guilt-Free Guacamole for Cinco de Mayo

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Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of nine books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.

Guacamole is a beautiful thing, isn’t it? The rich avocado flavor, the tangy lime juice, just the right spices … Ahhhh! Now I’m really hungry! (What else is new?)

Avocados are full of healthy fats and nutrients, but you don’t need to eat all that much of it to reap the benefits. And since I like to eat a LOT of guacamole, I super-size it with fat-free Greek yogurt! It’s thick, creamy and full of protein. Mixing the yogurt with mashed avocado gives you a guacamole dip with a huge serving size and much more reasonable calorie and fat counts!

In this recipe, I gave the dip a Southwestern spin, adding red bell pepper and black beans. Too much yum …

‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!

Hungry Girl’s Southwest Guiltless Guacamole Dip
Makes 8 servings

8 oz. mashed avocado (about 1 cup; about 2 small avocado)
1 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp. lime juice
¾ tsp. garlic powder
¾ tsp. chili powder
½ tsp. salt
¼ cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
¼ cup chopped red bell pepper
¼ cup finely chopped red onion
2 tbsp. finely chopped cilantro

1. In a medium bowl, combine avocado, yogurt, lime juice, garlic powder, chili powder, and salt. Mix until smooth and uniform.

2. Stir in black beans, pepper, onion, and cilantro.

3. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Nutritional information: ⅛ of recipe (about ¼ cup): 73 calories, 4g fat, 180mg sodium, 6g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 2g sugars, 4g protein












This article originally appeared on PEOPLE Great Ideas.