Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Delicious, Diet Friendly Norcal Margarita

(Norcal Margarita shown with Southwest Bean Omelet & Turkey Sausage)
The hardest part of trying to stick to a sensible diet is cutting out traditional alcoholic drinks we love like the margarita. A margarita at Chili’s is close to 300 calories per glass with a ton of sugar from the margarita mix. It isn’t rocket science to see that a few of theses will get you close to your calories allowance for an ENTIRE DAY.
There are better options for margaritas such as having one made without the syrup and even better, the Skinny Girl Margarita made famous by Bethany of The Real Housewives of New York fame. Recently, I came across another margarita recipe that comes highly recommended from Crossfitters who like to have a drink or two when they are not crushing it in the gym. This one is called the Norcal Margarita and the recipe is pretty simple:
  • 2–3 shots of 100% agave tequila.
  • Juice and pulp from one lime.
  • Shake it all up with some ice.
  • Add soda water to taste.
That’s it! No sugars, low carb and low calories. Here’s a few reasons to really like the Norcal Margarita (source):
  • Tequila is fermented agave juice, which makes it gluten- or and starch-free. Gluten, as nutrition geeks know, is a gut irritant and just generally bad stuff, and starches are way too dense with unnecessary carbs. Rum could likewise work well here.
  • Lime juice blunts the insulin response of the alcohol, maintaining your precious and hard-earned insulin sensitivity.
  • The lime juice also provides a net alkaline load when it gets to the blood stream, which is a good thing. Most other foods provide a net acid load, and it’s nice to balance that out.
  • The carbon dioxide bubbles in the soda water help get the ethanol into your blood more quickly. This has the practical effect of allowing you to drink a bit less for the same effect.
I tried it out today and have to say that it is the real deal and a perfect way to have a drink after a great workout without feeling guilty. Enjoy!

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