Homemade Guacamole Recipe

As we are coming into Spring, some of my all time favourite things to eat are what I like to call “picky foods”. Whether this be hummus and pitta, fajitas, fruit salads, rice dishes etc. I often find myself in the Spring and Summer months never really eating proper meals, and instead snacking and picking at random homemade dishes, often thrown together with whatever I have available.

Due to the current climate and having to keep indoors (we should all be making a conscious effort to self-isolate unless completely necessary), I have found so much more time to dedicate to home-cooking and creating new recipes – which I absolutely love and never seem to find the time for during normal working weeks.

A dish that I find particularly easy to create, that gives me the option of incorporating it into numerous different meals, is guacamole.

I either pair this with toasted pitta and eat it as if I were eating hummus, the classic nacho style, in fajitas and wraps, sandwiches, or eaten with different raw veggies such as carrots for an healthy, afternoon snack, and it is super simple (and Vegetarian).

You will need (for 2 portions):

  • 1 Large Avocado
  • Half a lemon
  • 3 cloves of garlic (add more if you wish, I normally add 4)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Low-Fat greek yogurt (you can use Soya yoghurt here if you are Vegan, I have tried both and they both taste great)
  • 1 Teaspoon of cumin
  • 2 Teaspoons of Hot Chilli Powder (again you can add more or less depending on how much spice you like)

Method

  • Mash an avocado into a bowl (I use a blender for this part, as I find it gives a much smoother finish however if you prefer your guac slightly more rustic, do this with a fork).
  • Add the tablespoon of low fat greek yoghurt and stir until fully incorporated
  • Add in the three pre-chopped garlic cloves and stir
  • Squeeze half a lemon into the mixture
  • Finally, add both the hot chilli powder and the cumin

Based on the ingredients I used from the supermarkets I chose (all ingredients from Aldi), this guacamole is 143 calories per person (2 portions for this recipe), which makes this such a healthy and simple snack.

Total Calories: 286 Calories (for 2x portions)

Fat: 22g

Carbohydrates: 13.7

Protein: 6g

Calcium: 18%

All opinions written within this post are my own. All photography was taken by myself. To book for Videography or Photography, please visit my website http://www.chandlermedia.co.uk 

Let It Beet: Iceland Edition

Let it beet! Aka, a post dedicated to my favourite vegan spot in Reykjavik, Iceland.

An introduction to Gló.

During my time in Iceland, I was a meat-eater. However, like everyone should, I was making a conscious effort to eat less meat, and choose regular veggie options. For the first couple of days I thought grabbing my own options at the supermarket would be easier due to the language barrier and not doing enough research beforehand into the best vegan restaurants. Luckily, I came across Gló.

…and I’m so sad it only exists in Iceland.

But, if you are planning a trip to Iceland I would highly, highly recommend popping in. A common misconception of Vegan food is that you have to eat salad, and the food that you eat has no flavour. This is so wrong. As time goes on we are finding more and more protein options to replace meat, but that taste just as good if not the same. Gló was a perfect example of that, and whilst eating, I never thought about the fact that I wasn’t actually eating meat.

As you walk in, you are met with a “food bar”. Here, you can either choose a bowl option that is already made up or you can choose the varying different elements that make up your Gló bowl. The options are endless, and full of flavour.

A main aspect of Gló that I love, is their passion for the world. Their passion for protecting the planet we live on and caring for the environment that surrounds us. Glow constantly works to make fruit and vegetables mainstream since it was founded. More than 90% of the raw Gló restaurants are vegan, making sauces without dairy and from scratch. The idea of making meals from scratch is something that I feel passionate about. Cutting out pre-packaged foods and the sheer amount of plastic that comes with those, is highly important to me and a subject that I believe everyone should be aware of.

I am not in any way writing this blog post with the intention of forcing someone to eat less meat, or even cut meat out of their diet completely. I am writing this post to make you aware of the incredible options out there for the non-meat eaters, or even if you are fancying a full veggie meal. The stigma of only having to eat a salad needs to be banished, and this post is a simple push in order of making people aware of what you can eat without having to consume animal produce.

To look further at Gló, check out their website below:

https://www.glo.is/

*Disclaimer*

All opinions written within this post are my own. All photography was taken by myself. To book for Videography or Photography, please visit my website http://www.chandlermedia.co.uk