Alright, you worked your ass off all week at Wine Country CrossFit and you are ready for a little chill time. What’s a Paleo eatin’ CrossFitter to do? Damn that gluten, beer is out! Well, I have good news for you! Make way for the Nor Cal Margarita, so named for Nor Cal Strength and Conditioning, Robb Wolf’s gym. Way up in the depths of the true Northern California, in Chico (my hometown) they have come up with a fantastic way to celebrate the weekend. They have taken the things we love about the Margarita and turned them into a delicious treat that is as close to Paleo as you will ever get while catching a buzz.
The Nor Cal Margarita:
1-2 oz tequila of your choice
Juice of 1 lime
Splash of Soda Water (I like Trader Joes lime flavored Soda water)
According to Robb, this drink is good for a few reasons:
- Tequila is delicous.
- Tequila is fermented agave juice, which makes it gluten- or and starch-free. Gluten, as nutrition geeks know, is a gut irritant and just generally bad stuff, and starches are way too dense with unnecessary carbs. Rum could likewise work well here.
- Lime juice blunts the insulin response of the alcohol, maintaining your precious and hard-earned insulin sensitivity.
- The lime juice also provides a net alkaline load when it gets to the blood stream, which is a good thing. Most other foods provide a net acid load, and it’s nice to balance that out.
- The carbon dioxide bubbles in the soda water help get the ethanol into your blood more quickly. This has the practical effect of allowing you to drink a bit less for the same effect.
Please note in #2 he stated “Agave Juice” AKA the juice of the Agave plant, NOT Agave nectar, which is pure processed crap that will serve to create further insulin resistance within your body.
I have to tell you that I was skeptical to try this. I thought for certain I knew what this would taste like (tequila + lime juice) upon mixing up the first batch however, I was very surprised how much they smell like regular, sugar or high fructose corn syrup loaded, margaritas. The taste isn’t as sweet as your average restaurant margarita, but I find it very refreshing and tasty. Perfect to enjoy on a warm (January?) afternoon.