Guacamole is loaded with healthy fats from all those precious mashed avocados. But it’s lacking a bit in protein. An average avocado only contains around 4 grams of protein—a lot less than other dips like hummus. But by adding a few ingredients to your favorite guacamole recipes, you’re able to give it a major boost of protein.
The next time you make guacamole, make it the protein-packed kind by adding in everything from peas to spirulina. You might not even be able to taste the added high-protein ingredients, but these are the best some of the healthiest guacamole recipes to enjoy all summer long.
7 easy ways to add protein to guacamole
1. Pea protein guacamole
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Mixing in a cup of peas with your avocados adds an extra 8 grams of protein. Surprisingly, it doesn’t change the flavor too much—it just makes it extra green.
2. White bean guacamole
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Like peas, white beans go essentially unnoticed in guacamole. It’s an effortless way to up the protein, and you’re getting 6 grams of protein per cup.
3. Roasted garlic and chia guacamole
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Chia seeds pack a serious nutritional punch. You’re getting about 5 grams for a two-tablespoon serving (and 30 grams per cup!).
4. Spicy toasted pepita guacamole
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Pepitas—aka pumpkin seeds—provide extra protein and an unbeatable nutty flavor in this guacamole. The tasty seeds also contain 12 grams of protein per cup.
5. Mediterranean chickpea guacamole
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Chickpeas give this guacamole a pop of protein, as they contain 39 grams per cup. It also has a Mediterranean twist due to using lemon and parsley instead of lime and cilantro.
6. Edamame guacamole
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If you’re a fan of both guacamole and edamame, combine the two into the most delicious dip. The edamame gives it a protein boost at 17 grams per cup.
7. Spirulina guacamole
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Spirulina has a 60 percent protein content (and 4 grams per tablespoon!), which Harvard Health says makes it a better source than most veggies. This recipe incorporates it into guacamole for an even healthier dip.
But of course, the star of every guacamole recipe is the avocados Here’s why: