Jennifer’s Low-Calorie Margarita

A simple, healthier take on a classic cocktail
MARGARITA

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Want to add a festive beverage to your meal? A typical frozen margarita from a restaurant provides upwards of 600 calories and 120 grams of carbohydrates. To cut back on calories and carbs, try a margarita on the rocks made with tequila, zero-calorie sparkling water, and fresh-squeezed lime juice. This change eliminates nearly all carbohydrates and reduces calorie intake to less than 100.

This recipe is provided by Jennifer Christman, RDN, LDN, CPT at Medifast.

1
Servings
103
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 Ounce tequila
  • 3 to 4 Ounces lemon-lime sparkling water
  • 1 Ounce lime juice
  • ice

Directions

Fill glass with ice.

Pour tequila over ice then pour in sparkling water and lime juice.

Stir and enjoy. 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
1g
1%
Sugar
4g
4%
Carbohydrate, by difference
16g
12%
Protein
2g
4%
Vitamin A, RAE
116µg
17%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
8mg
11%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
6µg
7%
Calcium, Ca
70mg
7%
Choline, total
5mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Folate, total
44µg
11%
Iron, Fe
5mg
28%
Magnesium, Mg
27mg
8%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
3mg
21%
Phosphorus, P
72mg
10%
Selenium, Se
4µg
7%
Sodium, Na
59mg
4%
Water
117g
4%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Margarita Shopping Tip

Buy your booze in bulk – transfer what you need into smaller bottles to stock your bar – you’ll save money and have enough leftover for your next party.

Margarita Cooking Tip

Add another layer of flavor to your cocktails by making your own simple syrup – combine equal parts sugar and water with whatever aromatics you like – fresh herbs, whole spices, citrus, or chile peppers – heat to dissolve sugar and strain before using.