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Holy Crocamole!

By Karen Barski

No one wants to turn on a stove during the heat of summer. So it’s good to have cold, nutritious snacks around. We at Family Life love guacamole. Avocado, the dip’s main ingredient, is rich in vitamins C, K, and B5 and B6, and it also has a good amount of potassium—an electrolyte our bodies need, especially during summer. The name of this recipe from Juicy Juice, Crocamoles, plays off avocado’s nickname: “crocodile pear,” a moniker that reflects the fruit’s (yes, it’s a fruit!) shape and the texture of its outer skin. Smash up its green flesh, add garlic, cilantro, lime, and, for kid-appeal, edible eyes, and you’ve got a snack the whole family will love.

Recipe thanks to Juicy Juice.


• 1 avocado
• 1 tablespoon of cilantro, minced
• 1 clove of garlic, grated
• 2 lime wedges
• Salt
• 4 slices of cucumber
• Baby carrots cut into triangles
• Edible candy eyes
• Chips
• Baby carrots or your favorite veggies for dipping

1. Scoop out avocado. Make sure the avocado skin retains its shape, so that it can serve as the guacamole holder.

2. Mix and mash avocado with cilantro, garlic, lime juice, and salt until well combined.

3. Carefully scoop this mixture back into the avocado skin until each half is filled.

4. At the narrow top of the filled avocado skin, make eyes using cucumber slices and edible candy eyes. To make teeth, put carrot triangles around the edge of the wider, bottom part of the skin (see photo).

5. Serve with veggies and chips.

Serves: 2