21 Day Fix Margaritas

Viva la tequila, amigos! Just in time for Cinco De Mayo I’ve got not one but TWO 21 Day Fix Margarita recipes for you. Your job? Try them and tell me which one you like better! It’s a margarita battle… Paleo vs. Skinny. Which one will win?!

21 Day Fix Margaritas

The 21 Day Fix Paleo Margarita is my own personal recipe, so naturally I think it’s the best! I find it to be a little more balanced in flavor that the 21 Day Fix Skinny Margarita by the world famous Autumn Calabrese.

Official 21 Day Fix Cookbook Fixate

It’s pretty hard for me to say that, considering Autumn Calabrese is my fitness idol and the person responsible for the incredible 21 Day Fix fitness and nutrition program that helped me lose 20 lbs and keep it off for a year (and counting!). You can see my 21 Day Fix transformation here. I’ve been enjoying cocktails all throughout this journey!

21 Day Fix Margaritas

You can get my 21 Day Fix Paleo Margarita recipe here. It’s all natural and so fresh!

Be sure you check out the official 21 Day Fix recipe called the Skinny Margarita from Autumn’s cookbook Fixate here. It’s totally by the book. When you are enjoying your margaritas responsibly and TRACKING what you’re having, you really can make it fit in your nutrition plan. That’s why I love the 21 Day Fix. It lets LIFE happen!

Salud!

 

21 Day Fix Skinny Margarita

21 Day Fix Skinny Margarita recipe from 21 Day Fix cookbook Fixate

If you’re following the 21 Day Fix program you have surely noticed that the nutrition plan allows for wine and other treats in moderation and provides a way to track what you’re indulging in. Genius!

That is one of the main reasons I was drawn to 21 Day Fix in the first place, it does leave room for LIFE to happen. That was really important for me and the way I live my life. We are all going to restaurants and parties, we are all going to have vacations and special occasions to face, so it makes sense to learn a healthier way to eat, and especially drink, in those scenarios.

That has been my focus since beginning my 21 Day Fix journey in October 2014. I’ve been following the program with great success! My proudest achievement in this journey is not that I’ve lost 20 lbs, but that I’ve been able to do it without feeling like I’m sacrificing anything. I still drink, I still go out. I’m just doing it with the strategic eye for ingredients, portion and moderation that I’ve learned from the 21 Day Fix program. I’ve made my lifestyle healthier. The operative word here is LIFESTYLE. Because this is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle.

And my lifestyle happens to include cocktails. I am a total cocktail nerd. I love to shake some up at home, play with flavors, go to special bars and restaurants all over the country that celebrate them, learn the history of the ingredients and recipes. It’s as interesting to me as food. I’m a bit of a foodie too.

So what about 21 Day Fix Cocktails, you ask?

21 Day Fix Skinny Margarita Recipe from 21 Day Fix cookbook Fixate

 

When I heard that the 21 Day Fix creator Autumn Calabrese was coming out with a 21 Day Fix cookbook  I was secretly hoping there would be 21 Day Fix cocktail recipes in there too. Low and behold, there is! I was DYING to see how Autumn tracks and portions the recipes, since I’ve just been doing it my own way since I started.

Now, my own way is carefully thought out and done in consideration of the program’s nutritional guidelines… but I can’t truly say it’s “by the book”, since it’s not in the book. But that didn’t stop me!

I took the spirit of the program and applied it to what I was already doing in my home bar which is a paleo-friendly and relatively low carb approach to cocktails, featuring fresh and natural ingredients. The result is a healthy (OK, healthier) cocktail that fits into the 21 Day Fix program and won’t derail you on your health and fitness journey!

But since we have a book… let’s see what it says about 21 Day Fix Cocktails!

21 Day Fix Skinny Margarita Recipe from 21 Day Fix cookbook Fixate

21 Day Fix Skinny Margarita Recipe

  • 2-3 fresh lime wedges
  • 2-3 fresh orange wedges
  • 2 Tbs fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp raw honey
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 oz 100% agave tequila
  • 1 splash sweet and sour mxer
  • lime slice for garnish (optional)

21 Day Fix Skinny Margarita Directions

Place lime wedges, orange wedges, lime juice and honey in the bottom of a serving glass; muddle until well mixed.

Top with ice, tequila, and mixer. Stir to mix.

Garnish with a lime slice if desired.

On the 21 Day Fix this counts as 1 Yellow.

21 Day Fix Skinny Margarita

21 Day Fix Skinny Margarita recipe review

Personally, I don’t care for any cocktails that (1) don’t use a shaker cup when citrus is involved, citrus is meant to be shaken; (2) use margarita mix of any kind.

I don’t like artificial ingredients dirtying up my clean cocktails.

I’m honestly a little bit surprised that Autumn included this rogue ingredient in the recipe. When I made the 21 Day Fix Skinny Margarita Recipe I followed the recipe except for that one splash of sweet and sour mixer. I don’t keep it in the house. I don’t think it belongs in a margarita. But, without the sweet and sour mixer, the concoction that resulted was WAAAAYY too tart. And I am a sour lover, so that is really saying something. Normally, other people’s critiques of my margaritas are that they are not sweet enough or that there is too much tequila. So that leads me to believe that the sweet and sour mixer is added in as an ingredient to this 21 Day Fix Skinny Margarita to sweeten things up and make it more palatable. I just can’t abide by that.

The 21 Day Fix Skinny Margarita was on the right track. I was on board right up until the sweet and sour mixer got in the way. Go ahead and try the Skinny Margarita recipe as written if you are cool with sweet and sour mixer (which I am not). It is probably OK. Knowing Autumn, it’s probably good. But if you are interested in keeping it all natural, I have my own Low Carb High Party version of a 21 Day Fix Margarita which happens to be sweet and sour mix FREE, all natural and paleo-friendly. Check it out over here.

Whichever margarita recipe you enjoy, CHEERS!

21 Day Fix Paleo Margarita

21 Day Fix Paleo Margarita

If you’re following the 21 Day Fix program you have surely noticed that the nutrition plan allows for wine and other treats in moderation and provides a way to track what you’re indulging in. Genius!

That is one of the main reasons I was drawn to 21 Day Fix in the first place, it does leave room for LIFE to happen. That was really important for me and the way I live my life. We are all going to restaurants and parties, we are all going to have vacations and special occasions to face, so it makes sense to learn a healthier way to eat, and especially drink, in those scenarios.

That has been my focus since beginning my 21 Day Fix journey in October 2014. I’ve been following the program with great success! My proudest achievement in this journey is not that I’ve lost 20 lbs, but that I’ve been able to do it without feeling like I’m sacrificing anything. I still drink, I still go out. I’m just doing it with the strategic eye for ingredients, portion and moderation that I’ve learned from the 21 Day Fix program. I’ve made my lifestyle healthier. The operative word here is LIFESTYLE. Because this is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle.

And my lifestyle happens to include cocktails. I am a total cocktail nerd. I love to shake some up at home, play with flavors, go to special bars and restaurants all over the country that celebrate them, learn the history of the ingredients and recipes. It’s as interesting to me as food. I’m a bit of a foodie too.

So what’s the deal with 21 Day Fix Cocktails, you ask?

When I heard that the 21 Day Fix creator Autumn Calabrese was coming out with a 21 Day Fix cookbook  I was secretly hoping there would be 21 Day Fix cocktail recipes in there too. Low and behold, there is! I was DYING to see how Autumn tracks and portions the recipes, since I’ve just been doing it my own way since I started.

21 Day Fix Cocktail Recipes in Fixate

Now, my own way is carefully thought out and in complete consideration of all the program’s nutritional guidelines… but I can’t truly say it’s by the book, since it’s not in the book. But that didn’t stop me! I took the spirit of the program and applied it to what I was already doing in my home bar which is a paleo-friendly and relatively low carb approach to cocktails, featuring fresh and natural ingredients. The result is a healthy (OK, healthier) cocktail that fits into the 21 Day Fix program and won’t derail you on your health and fitness journey!

This 21 Day Fix Cocktail Recipe is a MUST HAVE in your repertoire since it is a favorite cocktail of so many people, a true crowd pleaser and party starter… The Margarita!

My 21 Day Fix Paleo Margarita is simple, fresh and clean. It really lets good quality tequila shine with a wonderful balance between sweet and tart. My 21 Day Fix Paleo Margarita is so clean and natural it qualifies as a Paleo Margarita, too. Tequila is one of my favorite grain-free-and-thus-paleo-friendly alcohols. All you’re adding to it is all natural ingredients like agave and citrus!

To my palate this is a much more balanced margarita recipe and more paleo-friendly since it omits the sweet and sour mixer called for in the official 21 Day Fix Skinny Margarita recipe from Autumn’s cookbook Fixate. Autumn has lots of skinny cocktails, including a Skinny Margarita, but in my humble opinion as a cocktail snob my Low Carb High Party version is BETTER!

21 Day Fix Paleo Margarita Recipe

  • 1.5 oz good quality tequila (go for 100% agave)
  • 1 tsp agave nectar
  • 1 tsp water
  • 1/2 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 oz orange juice
  • lime wheel or wedge garnish
  • salt

21 Day Fix Paleo Margarita Directions

I made the agave simple syrup on the fly by taking 1 tsp of agave nectar and 1 tsp of filtered water and stirring them together in the bottom of my cocktail shaker. This is just fine if you are making your 21 Day Fix Margarita to order. If you are making several at once you can always whip up a larger batch on the stove top, the idea is to dissolve your natural sweetener in water over low heat and then store it in a mason jar in the fridge for about a week. In this case keep your ratio of agave to water as 1:1 and make as much as you need. Or you can just make what you need on the spot, as I did here.

Once your agave simple syrup is prepped you are ready to shake up my 21 Day Fix Paleo Margarita! Add your tequila, fresh squeezed lime juice and orange juice into the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. If you’re a salted rim person, use a lime wedge to wet the rim of your glass so the salt will stick and then dip the rim of the glass in as much salt as you like. Then pour your 21 Day Fix Paleo Margarita in the glass and garnish it with a lime.

On the 21 Day Fix this counts as 1 Yellow & 1 tsp.

Cheers!

The Ol’ Dirty Swizzle Cocktail

The Ol' Dirty Swizzle Cocktail

The Ol’ Dirty Swizzle Cocktail

From last night’s happy discovery of The Mill, a new hot spot in downtown St. Petersburg for cocktails and cuisine. We stumbled in on a Saturday night only to learn they had JUST opened the previous Saturday.

I cannot rave enough about this cocktail! Just check out these ingredients… It’s like it was custom made for me, with my new fav rum from St. Petersburg Distillery aka Old St. Pete ❤️

The Ol’ Dirty Swizzle Cocktail

  • Old St. Pete Righteous Rum
  • charred carrot purée
  • bacon-infused maple syrup
  • orange juice
  • ‘The Mill’ Caribbean bitters.

 

Can I drink alcohol on the 21 Day Fix?

Can I drink alcohol on the 21 Day Fix?

If you are googling this question, you probably will appreciate the Cliff Notes version of my answer, so here it is…

  • Officially, you can only drink a small amount of wine on the 21 Day Fix.
  • Unofficially, but in my experience, you can still drink cocktails and beer too!

If you’re following the 21 Day Fix program you have surely noticed that the nutrition plan allows for wine and other treats in moderation and provides a way to track what you’re indulging in. Genius!

That is one of the main reasons I was drawn to 21 Day Fix in the first place, it does leave room for LIFE to happen. That was really important for me and the way I live my life. We are all going to go to restaurants and parties, we are all going to have vacations and special occasions to face, so it makes sense to learn a healthier way to eat, and especially drink, in those scenarios.

That has been my focus since beginning my 21 Day Fix journey in October 2014. I’ve been following the program with great success! (Click here to see my 21 Day Fix Review and Results) My proudest achievement in this journey is not that I’ve lost 20 lbs, but that I’ve been able to do it without feeling like I’m sacrificing anything.

I still drink. I still go out. I’m just doing it with the strategic eye for ingredients, portion and moderation that I’ve learned from the 21 Day Fix program. I’ve made my lifestyle healthier. The operative word here is LIFESTYLE. Because this is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle.

And my lifestyle happens to include cocktails. I am a total cocktail enthusiast! I love to shake some up at home, play with flavors, go to special bars and restaurants all over the country that celebrate them, learn the history of the ingredients and recipes. It’s as interesting to me as food. I’m a bit of a foodie, too.

So what about 21 Day Fix Cocktails, you ask? 

Can I drink alcohol on the 21 Day Fix?

When I heard that the 21 Day Fix creator Autumn Calabrese was coming out with a 21 Day Fix cookbook called Fixate this summer, I was secretly hoping there would be 21 Day Fix approved cocktail recipes in there as well. Low and behold, there will be! I am DYING to see how Autumn tracks and portions the recipes since I’ve just been doing it my own way since I started.

Can I drink alcohol on 21 Day Fix? 21 Day Fix Cocktail Recipes in Fixate

Now, my own way is carefully thought out and done in consideration of the program’s nutritional guidelines… but I can’t truly say it’s “by the book”, since it’s not in the book. But that didn’t stop me!

I took the spirit of the program and applied it to what I was already doing in my home bar which is a paleo-friendly and relatively low carb approach to cocktails, featuring fresh and natural ingredients. The result is a healthy (OK, healthier) cocktail that fits into the 21 Day Fix program and won’t derail you on your health and fitness journey!

Be sure to check out the Fun/Booze section of my blog to see what I’ve been sipping on! Hint: cocktails, paleo cocktails, 21 Day Fix cocktails (and wine, though not pictured).

Cheers to your health!