Elements of Fitness – A Mother's Memoir

How to Make (or order) a Skinny Margarita

(Plus, read below for my recipe on making it a SuperFood Margarita!)

I’m sure if this headline caught your eye you are well aware that most delicious margaritas are at least 500 calories.     95% of those empty calories are from all of the sugar and/or high fructose corn syrup in the sour mix used or from added syrups that are added many times.

While I do not advocate getting full blown drunk if you want to have a lean and healthy body, I also want to be realistic and understand that most people have no desire to give up drinking altogether… and I believe it can be perfectly healthy to have a few drinks a couple times week.

In fact, some studies even show moderate drinking of alcohol (1-2 drinks a day 3-4 days a week) can possibly extend your lifespan and improve health.

Personally, I love margaritas but I have come to avoid them as I’ve become more nutritionally aware.   This avoidance has also made me want to try my own versions at home knowing what to avoid.  I’ve also now started to add powders and proteins (see below)!  Might as well get some added nutritional benefit!

If you want to be lean, a typical Margarita when you’re having a couple drinks with friends is one of the WORST things you can order, and all of that sugar or corn syrup is going to do nothing but go straight to your belly.

But there is a way to enjoy delicious Margaritas WITHOUT all of the sugar or corn syrup…

First, how to order a low-sugar healthier margarita at a bar:

If you’re ordering at a bar, make sure the bartender is 100% clear that you do not want any sweet and sour mix in your margarita. Make sure they don’t add any agave nectar either, as that is just pure sugar as well. There’s nothing healthy about agave nectar despite the healthy sounding name. Just tell them you want nothing but tequila, a little triple sec or cointreau, and a little club soda. And then you want 5 or 6 (or more) lime wedges to squeeze into the drink. I’ll usually use a whole lime if they can give it to me.

This modified margarita has very little sugar and even has the health benefits of the fresh limes too. You can easily save 400 calories on this compared to just ordering one of the standard Margaritas.

Now, if you want to go one step further, here is my SuperFood Margarita recipe I’ve been playing with lately… this may sound weird, but I’ve honestly had at least a dozen friends try this and every single one of them LOVED this margarita recipe!  It’s the same as above with a twist.

Christy’s Strawberry Margarita

Into a glass, mix:

1 shot of your preferred tequila

2/3rds shot of either triple sec or cointreau

the juice of 1 full lime squeezed (if you don’t have a squeezer, cut into wedges and squeeze all juice out of each)

2-3 oz of club soda and/or unsweetened iced tea

and the magic superfood ingredient: 1/2 scoopful of Tropical Shakeology (this gives you tons of powerful ingredients such as probiotics, prebiotics, greens, enzymes, exotic foods, superfood berries, and more)

Mix all of these with a spoon in an ice filled glass…. and voila, you’ve got about the healthiest mixed drink that’s possible…  and delicious too!

By adding Shakeology, you are also having 70 superfood ingredients like acai berry, wheatgrass and other greens, probiotics, prebiotics, enzymes, etc, it also has a nice fruity sweet flavor (with no added sugar) that goes perfectly with a Margarita.

I think you’ll be shocked at how delicious this is!  I’ve made it for several friends and they all wanted the recipe.

Remember that heavy drinking will definitely hurt your efforts for a lean and healthy body, but 1-2 drinks a couple days a week I think can actually be a healthy part of your plan.

Drink responsibly, and make it a healthy drink!   

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April 11, 2012 - Posted by | Diet and Exercise, Nutrition, Products That Work, Shakeology, Women Today, Women's Health | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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