Some might call these “skinny margaritas,” but we call them happy ones. We’ve drank enough to know that they don’t make us “skinny,” but man, do they make us smile. With fresh squeezed orange juice, a few dashes of lime juice and tequila, and agave to sweeten things up, this healthy(ish) margarita recipe is so refreshing that sometimes we forget we’re not just drinking water.
Don’t be afraid to mix it up by muddling sliced jalapeños or strawberries (really, any kind of fruit will do) into your glass. Those small additions change it up enough so you can drink margaritas all year summer long.
The Best Healthyish Margarita Recipe
2 ounces tequila 1 ounce lime juice 2 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice 2 teaspoons agave Ice cubes Orange slice or lime wedge, for garnish Sea salt, for the rim
1. In a small bowl, squeeze half an orange (ideally, you’d use the other half for the actual margarita). 2. Dip the rim of your glass into the juice until it’s fully coated. 3. On a small plate, sprinkle a generous amount of sea salt, then coat the rim of the glass with as much salt as you prefer. 4. Add tequila, lime juice, orange juice, agave, and ice into a shaker and mix until combined. 5. Pour into the glass then add in ice until it’s full. 6. Garnish with an orange slice (or lime wedge).
When you don’t feel like measuring it out, it goes something like this…
1 1/2 shots of tequila (a.k.a. a generous splash)
Squeeze half of a lime
Squeeze half of a large orange
Add a squirt of agave
Mix it all together in a cup
Note: If you’d like, add a splash or two of club soda for a bubblier cocktail.
Make It Spicy
Rim: Sea Salt + Chili Powder Garnish: Jalapeño In the marg: Muddle 5 slices of jalapeño before adding the liquid to the glass.
Make It Sweet
Rim: Coconut Sugar Garnish: Strawberry In the marg: Muddle 3 sliced strawberries before adding the liquid to the glass.
When matcha started popping up on everyone’s Insta feed a few years back, some were skeptical it would stick around. But the fragrant green powder, which is made from ground green tea leaves, isn’t going anywhere. You can still find it on the menus of trendy coffee shops and chains, and it’s certainly available for purchase online. But don’t think it stops with matcha lattes. The fresh, earthy powder can be added to breakfast bowls, smoothies, iced drinks, or even savory meals like spaghetti, and adds an instant caffeine boost to your meal (answering our midday prayers <3). Time to jump on the matcha bandwagon, friends.
Is this chia pudding too pretty to eat?! Maybe, but that won’t stop us. Make it before going to bed and wake up feeling like a superstar already. Best of all, it only requires six ingredients and takes around 15 minutes to make. Blend Greek yogurt with coconut milk, raspberries, and maple syrup, then stir in chia seeds. Repeat, swapping matcha powder for raspberries, and layer the two.
Stash these homemade energy bars in your purse or car for a last-minute energy boost when you need it most. Made with nuts, dates, pure vanilla extract, matcha powder, and coconut flakes, these bars are naturally sweet and way better for you than the store-bought kind—plus totally unique thanks to the matcha.
Mint, pistachio, and matcha powder are probably not what comes to mind when you think “green juice,” but we are all about this all-green flavor combo. Coconut milk and ice help thicken it up and make it taste like a milkshake. What’s better?
Give your usual pasta recipe a break—savory matcha sounds weird, but spaghetti, hot chili flakes, garlic, and fresh Parmesan balance each other out in the best way possible. Serious bonus points if you really make your own noodles like this blogger does.
Think outside the box the next time you plan brunch and try these green tea-flavored waffles instead of the plain kind. Don’t worry—they are still plenty sweet thanks to banana, honey, and vanilla extract, and the recipe even comes with a matcha green tea syrup. We’re so into them.
If you’ve had matcha already, there’s a good chance it was in the form of a latte. This DIY version is so simple, you’ll forget about buying it out again… just mix almond milk, honey or pure maple syrup, matcha, and a splash of pure vanilla extract, and you’re good to go.
This matcha banana bread is just what we need to enjoy a sweet treat first thing in the a.m. and get a caffeine buzz going. Mix almond flour and a gluten-free flour blend, ripe bananas, eggs, vanilla, coconut oil, sugar, and matcha powder, and bake for 25-30 minutes in a loaf pan. The color is a little funky, but the sweet, fresh taste more than makes up for it.
Is is summer yet? This smoothie bowl has us dreaming of palm trees. Light coconut milk, spinach or kale, matcha powder, pineapple, and banana are an A+ combination, and only get better when topped with chia seeds, coconut flakes, slivered almonds, or fresh berries.
If you’re trying to swap out soda or juice for something lighter, or just tired of plain ol’ H20 all the time, this citrusy summer drink is screaming your name. Use a cocktail shaker to mix ice, water, and matcha, then pour it over ice with muddled mint leaves and lemon and lime slices. If you want it to be sweeter, add in a little pure maple syrup and stir well.
We’re working to get to the place where the little voice in our head is our personal cheerleader, not the one who picks out all of our flaws. But in the meantime, there are plenty of people you can follow on Instagram for a daily reminder that you (and your body) rock.
We’ve seen dozens of these messages before, but this self-love manifesto from eating disorder survivor @kellyufit stands out from the pack. It’s the kind of thing you should screenshot for the next time negative thoughts about your appearance start creeping in.
Go ahead, give it a read, and maybe try saying it to yourself in the mirror once in a while:
You may think Taylor Swift and her kick-ass female friends are the definition of #squadgoals, but we think the Sirens Women’s Motorcycle Club has them beat. The biker gang delivers pasteurized breast milk from The New York Milk Bank for premature babies whose mothers have trouble breast-feeding. (Studies have shown premature infants develop faster when given breast milk than formula.) The bikers can weave through crazy Manhattan traffic faster than delivery trucks, so preemies can get breast milk fast when they need it.