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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!
To say the last year and a half was tough would be an understatement. In fact, it will probably go down as one of the most difficult times for our modern generation. In one of the many social polls we conducted during the pandemic, some of you described this time as a sheer “dumpster fire” or “like stepping on a Lego.” And to be honest, I couldn’t agree more.
Luckily, we’ve been able to get back to some form of normalcy in our lives and wellness routines over the last several months. As vaccines became available to the public, wellness businesses welcomed fitness fanatics, haircut seekers, and massage lovers back to in-person wellness experiences. And thank goodness for that—my roots and horrible posture from working from my bed were both getting wildly out of control. This girl needed a good massage and cupping session stat.
If there’s one thing we learned from the pandemic, it’s that our wellness routines are as personal as they are important. During shelter-at-home, those routines looked a bit different. For many, it meant taking a new approach to the “typical” wellness services we count on—I’m looking at you DIY haircuts, at-home waxing sessions (ouch!), and virtual swerking classes.
Now that we can leave our humble abodes to take advantage of in-person experiences again, the word “wellness” has seemingly taken on a new meaning.
Recently, we conducted another one of our famous social polls to see what wellness means to you, our Mindbody community, now that we're slowly but surely getting back to our regularly scheduled programming. We also tapped some of our most influential Mindbody business owners about the ever-evolving wellness landscape.
Here’s what you all had to say.
According to our annual Mindbody Wellness Index, 60% of Americans say they’re more focused on their health and wellness since COVID. Consumers are now realizing they need to take greater care of themselves to optimize and preserve their health. When we asked you on Instagram how important wellness is, a whopping 98% said it was more important than ever. When it comes to how you’re practicing wellness, though, the answers were all over the board. Many of you pointed to journaling, practicing breathwork, and daily workout routines (cycling and yoga topped the list) as being the activities that help you keep your chill throughout the week.
I’m also happy to report that over 50% said you tend to feel more blessed than stressed on a daily basis—which is more than likely a big improvement. Let’s be honest, a year ago I would’ve bet a billion dollars that 99.9% of us knew no other feeling than anxiety—am I right? But even with the stress in our lives dwindling, many of you are still experiencing burnout at the end of a long work week (guilty!). But instead of succumbing to a bottle of wine for relief (please, that was so 2020), you’re unwinding by going to your favorite workout classes—with hot yoga, barre, and Pilates as your faves.
Let’s be honest, we should credit the business owners in this space for helping us reignite our spark when it comes to our wellness routines, right? Thanks to them, we’ve been inspired to prioritize the activities that help us feel our best. In turn, we thought it’d be interesting to learn what wellness means to them—and how that definition has changed over the past eighteen months.
Here’s what they had to say.
“Wellness is living in balance—mind, body, spirit. Highs and lows. It all ebbs and flows and we can navigate it a bit better when we take time to move, breath and remember who we are, and how we are connected to this big, beautiful world.” - Jess Pierno, Founder, Owner, and Chief Inspiration Officer of Yoga Heights
“Wellness is a true balancing of the mental, physical, and spiritual. It has definitely evolved over the years for me—from something that I just thought was about exercising and eating a healthy diet—to also incorporating balancing and healing internally and spiritually.” - Stefanie Patterson, Owner, Indianapolis Salt Cave and Halotherapy Center
“My sense of wellness has evolved from staying healthy and motivated, mind/body/spirit... to being more gentle with myself, less demanding. Accepting my limitations, taking time for resting, and gaining real clarity about what's important. I care less about what people think of me—difficult as a performer and as a business owner with so many demands on me—and more about getting quiet and tapping into the divine source inside of me that helps me discern my next move. In this way, I know my motives are as pure as possible and I'm not getting distracted—not that I don't make mistakes! Those are necessary, that's how we learn!” - Johanna Krynytzky, Owner, Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio
“My studio name reminds us that we are constantly evolving. The past 18 months have certainly shown us that! Wellness to me means doing your best on any given day to make sure that you are taking care of yourself as best you can. It leads to resilience. Diet, exercise, sleep, a sense of community, and some form of faith. It all matters. Setbacks happen all the time, and every day is a chance to start again. We strive to be 'cheerleaders' for our clients when we sense that things are coming out of balance in their lives. So many have been with us for 18 years and are friends—they are our community and we all watch out for each other.” - Mo Wolfe, Owner and Founder, Evolution Pilates
I think we can all agree that there isn’t one true definition of wellness anymore. To some of us, it means getting that hot yoga sesh in daily, and to others, it means carving out time to treat ourselves to a massage or manicure. As long as you’re actively pursuing wellness—whatever that means to you—you're on the right track.
Our MO has always been about connecting the world to wellness—a term that's seen a lot of change lately. Whether you’re fully embracing the in-person experience or still delighted by the convenience of practicing at-home wellness, the Mindbody app makes it easy for you to book experiences that help you feel like YOU again.