Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Vitamin-Filled Healthy Sangrita
Tis the season to sit outside sipping a cold drink; why not make it healthy? If you’re tired of celebrating Cinco de Mayo with the same margarita you’ve had years before, we’ve got a new option for you. This healthy Sangrita is not only delicious, it comes with a kick! Traditionally used to accompany tequila, this healthy Sangrita, made with our Collagen Veggie Blend, is packed with vitamins and minerals, giving you a boost of nutrients while enjoying the holiday. Pair this spicy favorite with our protein-packed guacamole to really celebrate this weekend!
Don’t believe that a delicious cocktail can actually be healthy? Check out the benefits of the healthy Sangrita ingredients:
You’ve likely heard the phrase “cool as a cucumber” but did you know that cucumbers can actually help your cool off? Studies have shown that cucumbers can help to encourage a healthy inflammatory response by reducing the activity of pro-inflammatory enzymes within the body. Cucumbers are also rich in antioxidant Vitamin C and beta-carotene which can promote heart health (9).
Research has shown that celery contains an antioxidant called luteolin that has been shown to promote healthy digestion (2). One cup of chopped celery is a low-calorie snack that contains 2g of fiber and offers 37% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin K (3).
Ginger is a root that is native to South Asia and part of the Zingiber family of plants. It is prominently used in Asian cuisine. Like turmeric, it’s healthy inflammatory responses seem to be stemmed from inhibiting certain pro-inflammatory molecules and synthesizers (1). Ginger can be found in whole root form, or in powders and extracts.
Not to be confused with the tomato, tomatillos are more tart and are most commonly found in salsas or green sauces. Tomatillos host a broad spectrum of nutrients and vitamins, making it an all-encompassing food. Containing fiber, manganese, and potassium, tomatillos can support weight management and encourage enhanced muscle strength (10).
Serrano peppers are part of the chili pepper family and are loaded with health benefits! According to research from 2015, the serrano pepper can help boost the immune system as a result of its high levels of antioxidants, especially carotene which aids in improving overall heart health (4). Packed with capsaicin, chili peppers have been shown to actively increase fat loss in both men and women (5). Capsaicin is the active component in chili peppers that created a burning, or spicy sensation, which in and of itself can aid in fat burning (6).
This citrus fruit is packed with the antioxidant Vitamin C and citric acid which is essential for skin health. Lime is great for digestion as well, and since they contain so much Vitamin C, they can help to increase the absorption of iron from complementary foods as well (7). Besides a healthy amount of Vitamin C, limes also contain other essential vitamins and minerals such as potassium and copper, which help to promote the formation of collagen (8).
Collagen Veggie Blend
Vital Proteins Collagen Veggie Blend is a nourishing blend of 11 fruits and vegetables and 20g of collagen per servings, giving the body vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber. This Whole30 Approved, paleo friendly, AIP Approved blend supports hair, skin, and nail health, promotes bone and joint strength, and supports overall gut health. The Collagen Veggie Blend is blendable in smoothies, sauces, or simply water for easy consumption that will replenish and restore for a full, vital life. Try making this delicious chocolate dessert that contains three servings of fruits and veggies!
- - 1 cucumber
- - 3 stalks of celery
- - 3 inch piece of ginger
- - 2 tomatillos
- - 2 Granny Smith apples
- - 1/4 of a serrano pepper
- - 3 limes
- - 2 scoops Collagen Veggie Blend
- Run all ingredients though a juicer and pour into a pitcher. Stir in Veggie blend. Pour into glasses over ice.
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(5) Yoshioka, Mayumi, Kiwon Lim, Shinobu Kikuzato, Akira Kiyonaga, Hiroaki Tanaka, Munehiro Shindo, and Masashige Suzuki. “Effects of Red-Pepper Diet on the Energy Metabolism in Men.” Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology41.6 (1995): 647-56. Web.
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(7) Wintergerst, E. S., Maggini, S., & Hornig, D. H. (2006). Immune-Enhancing Role of Vitamin C and Zinc and Effect on Clinical Conditions. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism,50(2), 85-94. doi:10.1159/000090495
(8) Lv, Xinmiao, Siyu Zhao, Zhangchi Ning, Honglian Zeng, Yisong Shu, Ou Tao, Cheng Xiao, Cheng Lu, and Yuanyan Liu. “Citrus fruits as a treasure trove of active natural metabolites that potentially provide benefits for human health.” Chemistry Central Journal9.1 (2015): n. pag. Web.
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