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By: Christina Anania

Christina Anania is a food and lifestyle blogger. Enjoy some of her other culinary creations by following her (@eatsbytee) on Instagram. Here, she shows us how to make two delicious dips: guacamole and pico de gallo.

I am a chips and dip kind of girl and I know I’m not the only one out there! I love to make my own dips from scratch because I know what ingredients are going into it. It’s such a rewarding feeling when it turns out delicious and all your guests love it. As a nutritionist, I always encourage my clients to make their own dips from scratch. Most dips contain many unnecessary ingredients and fillers, so it’s important to use simple and whole ingredients to get the nutrients we need to support our bodies.

Two of my favorite dips to bring to any potluck or party are Guacamole and Pico de Gallo. They are both extremely simple to make and are full of delicious flavors. Although both recipes are quite similar and use some of the same ingredients, they both offer completely different flavors. The Guacamole is creamy and delivers a subtle with a kick of heat from the jalapeño, while the Pico de Gallo is fresh and light thanks to the lime and cilantro that’s included. Feel free to control the spice levels and the taste of cilantro in both these recipes. I love to enjoy these dips with tortilla chips, on tacos, with crackers – but they’re just as good by themselves!

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It is one of the easiest ways to get your daily collagen intake while supporting your body with some key nutrients. Collagen helps to support healthy hair, skin, nails, joints and bones. So, the next time you’re craving one (or both!) of these delicious dips at home, you may want to consider adding Collagen Peptides.

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Guacamole Recipe

Yields 5-6 Guacamole servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 ripe avocados
  • 2-3 T fresh cilantro (diced)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper (chopped; remove seeds)
  • ½ red onion (chopped)
  • 1-2 tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 squeezed lime
  • 1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Cut and peel avocados. Remove the pit and scoop the avocado flesh into a medium-sized bowl.
  2. With a spoon or fork, mash the avocado together until it becomes smooth. The texture is based on preference. I like to leave some avocado chunks in it.
  3. Add all of the remaining ingredients including cilantro, garlic, jalapeño pepper, red onion, tomatoes, lime juice, collagen powder, salt and pepper.
  4. Add additional lime juice, salt and pepper to give it the taste you desire.
  5. Serve with taco chips, on tacos, with crackers or veggies, and enjoy! 

pico de gallo recipe

Pico de Gallo Recipe

Yields 5-6 Pico de Gallo servings

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 Roma tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1/3 C cilantro (diced)
  • 1 jalapeño (chopped; remove seeds)
  • ½ C red onion (chopped)
  • 1 squeezed lime
  • 1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
  • Salt and pepper to taste 

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, combine cilantro, onion, lime juice and collagen powder. Mix together until ingredients are combined evenly and the collagen powder is dissolved.
  2. Next, cut tomatoes in half and remove the seeds and juice.
  3. Chop the tomatoes into small chunks and add to the mixture.
  4. Mix together well, add salt and pepper and enjoy!