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Fruity, frozen, or on the rocks, margaritas can be a treat any way you shake ‘em. But, they could be better for you.
Before you celebrate Cinco de Mayo at your local bar, restaurant (or at home!), keep the fiesta going all year long with these five mixes that will save you calories!
Just eight ounces of a standard margarita can clock in at around 455 calories – yikes! Lighten up your drink by keeping it simple with this three ingredient, low-calorie cocktail.
- 2 ounces Avión Silver or Reposado
- 1 part fresh lime juice
- ½ ounce agave nectar
- 1 lime wheel, for garnish
- Combine first three ingredients in shaker with ice, shake vigorously.
- Fine-strain over fresh ice.
- Garnish with lime wheel.
Everything in moderation, except avocado. Get your superfood and drink it too with the Drunken Avocado—your go-to, gut-friendly green drink!
- 2 tbsp avocado
- 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
- ⅓ cup cubed pineapple, plus more for garnish
- 3 lime wedges
- 2 cilantro sprigs
- 1 oz. tequila
- In a shaker, muddle the avocado, ginger, pineapple, lime, and cilantro.
- Fill with ice, add the tequila, and shake well.
- Double strain in a glass over ice and garnish with a handful of pineapple cubes, For an extra kick, add the Chili Salt Rim.
While it’s great for treating sunburns, Aloe Vera is an even better cocktail ingredient! With benefits such as boosting your immune system and digestion, Aloe will cool you and your skin down. It’s a lot of steps, but totally worth it – we promise!
- 2 ounces tequila blanco
- 3 ounces aloe juice
- Squeeze of fresh lime juice
- 3 tbsp salt
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tbsp pink himalayan sea salt
- Aloe plant, for garnish
- 2 ounces margarita mix
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup lime juice
- Remove aloe stalk from plant and trim the bottom with a sharp knife. Set aside.
- Make homemade margarita mix: squeeze the lime juice into a bowl or measuring cup. Heat the water and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Let the mixture cool a bit before adding in the lime juice, mix together, and pour into a bottle. Refrigerate the mix for up to two weeks.
- On a small plate, mix up salt, cayenne pepper, and pink Himalayan sea salt. Cut a lime wedge and run it along the rim of a rocks glass.
- Roll the rim of the glass around in the salt mixture. Set aside.
- In a shaker filled with ice, combine homemade margarita mix, tequila, and aloe juice. Shake vigorously, strain and pour into salt rimmed rocks glass filled with ice.
- Garnish with aloe stalks and serve.
Elevate your energy with a mean kombucha-rita! You heard it right, your fave fizzy, probiotic tea just got a lot more fun.
- 2 oz. of tequila
- 3 oz. of ginger kombucha
- 1 oz. of triple sec
- ¼ of a lime, squeezed
- Fill a rocks glass with ice.
- Add tequila, ginger kombucha, triple sec and squeeze the quarter lime.
- Stir lightly until all liquids have mixed.
Want a tasty treat, without the booze? For those who enjoy their beverages sans alcohol, it’s a good idea to have this recipe on hand.
- 1 (16 ounce) package frozen mango
- ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- ½ cup simple syrup
- ½ cup water
- Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. If your mango is very frozen, you may need to add even more water to make it thin enough to drink.
- Garnish with lime and enjoy. To make the boozy version, just pour in some tequila and stir or blend.
This National Margarita Day, steer clear of the corn syrup and serve up some siesta-worthy sips for the whole squad!
If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.
To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.
Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you. And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!
The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!
Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.
Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.
Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.
So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.
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