Friday, August 2, 2013

A Healthy Margarita, Seriously!

It's 5 o'clock somewhere!

Did you know that it's possible to make a healthier margarita? When made correctly, it’s a simple, four-ingredient drink that when consumed responsibly won’t derail your health and fitness goals. Unfortunately, grocery and liquor store shelves are stocked with unhealthy margarita products that are not only unnecessary, but also bad for your body.

Fortunately, it’s still quite easy to create a healthier margarita.

1.  Lose the Cans
If your margarita-flavored drink comes in a can, chances are it contains bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical linked to serious health problems, such as cancer, birth defects, miscarriages, obesity, and a whole host of other diseases. Plus, consuming a margarita from anything other than its signature glass is just plain wrong.

2. Bypass the Bar Mix
While convenient, store-bought sour mixes are loaded with high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which is linked to diabetes, decreased liver function, and the growth of cancer cells. Recently, HFCS was also shown to decrease cognitive function following just six weeks of consumption.

3. Ditch the Dyes
If it’s not organic, chances are those pre-made margarita mixes you see on store shelves contain food dyes, most notably Yellow #5 and Red #40. Derived from petroleum and linked to cancer and hyper-activity, food dyes are bad news.

4. Embrace Your Inner Bartender
You may think you need a mixology degree to make a mean margarita, but an authentic, chemical-free margarita is actually a breeze to make. Once you’ve assembled the ingredients, the only other things you need are a shaker and a dish for the optional coarse salt.

5. Create the Drink
The best and most healthful margarita is one made from organic ingredients whenever possible.

You'll need:
  • 1 1/2 ounces of tequila made from 100 percent agave, such as Patron, Don Julio, and Corazón 
  • 1/2 an ounce of Triple Sec (optional but highly recommended)
  • 1/2 ounce agave nectar (optional, but adds sweetness!)
  • 1/2 ounce of water
  • Juice from one large lime
  • Coarse salt for rim of glass

First, Rub the rim of a margarita glass with a lime slice, and then dip the rim in coarse salt.

  • In glass or small bowl, combine agave nectar and water, and stir until combined.
  • In cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine tequila, Triple Sec, agave nectar mixture, and lime juice.
  • Shake, then strain into glass filled with fresh ice.
  • *You can put this mixture into a blender with more ice for a frozen margarita.

Add fresh fruit slices to your finished drink (like watermelon or strawberries) to spruce things up!

Salud!   Enjoy!

[photo: madamenoire- Source:]


Anonymous said...

Awesome! Thank you!

Lia Lahren said...

You're welcome! Hope it comes out perfectly for you :)

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