7 Ways to Make a Healthier Margarita
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We all know that drinking too much alcohol can lead to negative health effects, but we also know that you need to enjoy your life. What’s the point of all this healthy living if you don’t get to treat yourself once in a while?
If enjoying your life includes a few margaritas in your book, then cheers to you! Drinking can be super fun, and it can totally jive with a healthy diet…as long as you drink in moderation and be mindful of your drink choices. For example, a traditional margarita served at some chain restaurants can rack up 290 calories and 39 grams of sugar. That’s way over the suggested daily intake of sugar, and that’s a lot of calories to drink on top of a meal.
While there’s nothing wrong with indulging every now and then, there are also some easy hacks that can make your marg a bit healthier. By swapping out the calorie- and sugar-packed ingredients with healthier alternatives, you can imbibe a whole lot smarter.
7 Healthier Skinny Margarita Recipes
Whether you’re planning a Cinco de Mayo event, a birthday gathering, bachelorette party, or just a fun night in, these skinny margarita recipes will keep the party going, without following you to the scale!
1. Summertime Skinny Margarita
Summertime Skinny Margarita
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut water
- 1 cup ice
- ⅔ cup fresh lime juice
- ¼ cup silver (or blanco) tequila
- 2 Tbsp. 100% orange juice
- ¼ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
- Lime or orange wedges (for garnish; optional)
Combine coconut water, ice, lime juice, tequila, orange juice, and salt in a shaker; cover. Shake gently for 15 seconds.
Pour equal amounts into two serving glasses. Garnish with a lime or an orange wedge. Serve immediately.
- For a fun bubbly twist, use a citrus flavored no-calorie sparkling water to replace the coconut water.
- The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.
2. Skinny Margarita With Fresh Orange and Lime Juice
If you like to keep things nice and simple, then you’ll love this skinny marg. Using agave and orange juice in place of calorie-heavy triple sec, this skinny margarita from Well Plated by Erin only has 145 calories and 8 grams of sugar. Find out how to make a skinny margarita here.
3. Healthier Jalapeño Margarita
Kick things up a notch with this spicy margarita from Fed and Fit! Less is more when it comes to healthy imbibing, and just half a jalapeño is all you need to turn up the heat on the classic marg. Using fresh lime juice and a touch of honey keeps things clean and low-cal. Check out the full recipe here.
4. Lower Sugar Blackberry Margarita
This fruity recipe from Eat the Gains ditches the sugary, pre-made mixes, and swaps in simple, all-natural ingredients — three, to be exact — for a tasty blackberry margarita! It only takes a few minutes to make, and the result is a margarita with only 163 calories and only three grams of sugar! Get it here.
5. Healthy Virgin Skinny Margarita
Stay slender and sober with this healthy virgin skinny margarita from Heart of a Baker. This recipe plays on the traditional marg by combining Zevia Lime Sparkling Water, fresh lime juice and lime zest, agave, and water. It gives you the great taste of a margarita without the hangover or excess calories! Find the recipe here.
6. Skinny Cucumber-Mint Margarita
The combination of cucumber, mint leaves, and coconut water makes for a refreshing marg that will fit in perfectly into any Cinco de Mayo festivities. Plus, it has only 109 calories and 7 grams of sugar per serving! Get the delectable cucumber margarita here from The Awesome Green.
7. Low Calorie Frozen Strawberry Margarita
A healthier frozen strawberry margarita recipe? De-lite-full. This recipe from Peanut Butter and Peppers uses fresh lime juice and a base of blended strawberries to sweeten up a traditional skinny margarita for only 104 calories. This recipe is also easy to make virgin; just remove the tequila for even fewer calories. Learn how to make it here.