The pros: Trader Joe's Reduced Guilt Guacamole is a tasty guacamole that might surprise you (as it did me). A nice amount of heat. Nice chunks of fresh veggies.
The cons: You might eat half the container without realizing it.
The verdict: For $3.79, this is a terrific product. There is a story to this review. I had one reader, Mark S, reach out to me and encouraging me to try this product. When I picked it up I was a bit hesitant. I do love a good guacamole.
However, reducing the calories in a fatty dip is not an easy task. You really can't de-fat or de-calorie an avocado. Compounding matters there are two things I really really hate eating: yogurt and olives. Clearly, this contains the first of those dislikes.
Now, I'm funny about yogurt, I'll eat tzatziki sauce, but can't stand eating a cup of yogurt. When I opened the container, the hue of this product was much lighter than regular guacamole. It looked like cream of guacamole.
I picked up a tortilla chip, dipped it in the guac, and realized this is pretty darn good. The yogurt is well blended in and ensures that this retains its creamy characteristics. There is enough jalapeno to give it a little bit of a kick.
There are nice chunks of tomato, cilantro, onions, and avocado. Lime juice rounds out the flavor here. There is a yogurt flavor here but only in the same respect as a tzatziki would have.
I neither missed the calories nor the pure avocado flavor. I really liked this. It's well done and worth a try if you haven't tried it already. It's great with chips and work well as a full substitute for regular guac.
Here is the visual rundown of what you can expect if you purchase this item:
The container in the refrigerated aisle:
The nutritional information and the ingredients:
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Out of the package you get:
Would I buy this again? Yes. Thank you to Mark S. who wrote to me saying to give Trader Joe's Reduced Guilt Guacamole a try. I probably wouldn't have tried it otherwise. Even if you don't like yogurt, you'll still find this retains a lot of what makes guacamole so good, without the guilt of course.
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