This recipe is a creamy, delicious, and nutritious hummus substitute for avocado-based guacamole. You may have already heard the news – chefs around the world are ditching this unsustainable fruit! But why? For starters, avocados have a large carbon footprint compared to other produce and can require up to 320 liters of water to grow (versus just 5 liters per tomato!), making them unaffordable for the local communities where they are grown. In fact, they have become a global commodity, with rising demand resulting in deforestation, loss of biodiversity, and water shortages affecting several indigenous populations around the world.
Zucchinis, on the other hand, have a lower carbon footprint producing less CO2 emissions compared to other fruits and vegetables, including avocados. This makes their production, which includes not only farming but also packaging, transportation, and storage, relatively sustainable without significant damage to the environment (air, water, land, soil, and so on). Couple them with some fresh cilantro or parsley and you have a vibrant green dip, similar to guacamole but with a smaller environmental impact.
Other than being more environmentally friendly than the good ol’ avo, zucchini (or courgettes as they are sometimes called) are an excellent source of the antioxidant carotenoids lutein, β-carotene, zeaxanthin. They also contain quercetin which is a powerful epinutrient and together with the rest of the ingredients (which are also DNA methylation adaptogens) helps to gently massage gene expression so that the right genes are turned on or off.
And in case you were looking for other “greener than green” avocado-free dips, here are some of our favorite Younger You approved, epinutrient-packed recipes:
By Neda Mowzoun, MS Certified Integrative Health Coach