What’s the best way to enjoy Fiesta but keep your waistline trim and fight the overindulgent guilt that comes after Old Spanish Days is done? Tequila!
The Mexican liquor made from the agave plant is full of agavins, the nondigestible sugars that come from agave. The American Chemical Society found that mice who’d been given a standard diet and then drank water with agavins added ate less overall, had lower blood sugar levels, and kept their stomachs full longer than those mice who hadn’t consumed agavins. This led researchers to believe that agavins could be beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes or struggling with weight-loss issues.
Now, I’m not suggesting you start chugging margaritas, but tequila can be a healthier option when it comes to indulging with alcohol. Even smarter? Go for a tequila drink that uses fruit purée instead of simple syrup, like the mango purée margarita at Nectar Eatery & Lounge (20 E. Cota St., nectarsb.com,  899-4694).
According to Nectar mixologist Jamie Rocha, this drink is “the freshest you can get without puréeing the mango at home.” I’ll drink to that!
Paige Feddersohn is the owner of First Paige Fitness.