.As I write this, it is National Margarita Day. It’s such a great drink, we had to dedicate an entire day to celebrating it! But wait, this is a fitness and health website, right? Yep, but if I’ve learned anything over the years of trying to help people lose weight, it’s that no one wants to give up their favorite alcoholic beverages.
But did you know that a standard frozen margarita can contain up to 500 calories – yikes! You can cut down drastically on the calories and carbs if you get a classic margarita on the rocks, in the neighborhood of 200 calories. In general, though, I just don’t trust drinks at restaurants since you don’t really know what’s going into them. That’s why I’d suggested enjoying your margaritas at home, so you can put in what you want and know exactly what you’re getting. Plus, you’ll save a ton of money!
Easy Low-Carb, Low-Sugar Margarita
This is a super simple recipe for people like me that are too lazy to go to the liquor store to figure out what triple sec even is, then go to the grocery store for limes, etc. This just requires one zero-calorie, zero-sugar mixer made with Stevia and monkfruit, so you can skip the typical “diet” margarita mixes at the store made with aspartame. You can get this Be Mixed Margarita mixer on Amazon for the easiest margarita recipe ever. Plus, you can just mix with seltzer water for a non-alcoholic version as well (this recipe was taken and just slightly adapted from BeMixed.
I first learned about these when filming Dianne’s Challenge because my client and her friends love their weekend hangouts and booze. We got the mixers to try for a healthier alternative when she was trying to lose weight for her wedding. You can watch that episode below (and see a great workout you can try prior to imbibing to burn off those margarita calories!)
Healthy Margarita Recipe
- 4 oz. Be Mixed Margarita Mix
- 1-2 oz. tequila (depending on your taste preference)
- 3-4 ice cubes
- Garnishes – jalapeno (throw 2-3 in before mixing), lime, and/or salt (either salted rim, or sometimes I’ll put just a pinch of sea salt in to cut the sweetness). If you like it sweeter, then you can add a drop or two of lemon Stevia.
Directions: Stir together in a glass or mix in a shaker. For a blended version, just throw it all into a blender for about 10 seconds, though you may want to put the jalapenos in later, unless you like it spicy! This will end up being around 65-100 calories depending on the type and amount of tequila you use.