If you’re hosting a brunch, it’s either mimosa or bloody Mary time. While the former is pretty straight forward, bloody Mary recipes can go in a lot of different directions.
Some people like to add a little pickle, maybe a dash of celery salt and paprika, or even olives and pickled bell peppers.
Vodka cocktails are an excellent choice when following a low-carb diet because of vodkas low carb count. And by ditching the Bloody Mary mix and choosing fresh ingredients instead, you can further keep your carbs in check.
Finish it off with a lemon wedge or a touch of lime juice for a tangy flavor addition, and enjoy.
This low-carb keto bloody Mary is:
The main ingredients are:
- Tomato juice
- Lemon juice
Optional additional ingredients:
- Black pepper
- Tabasco sauce
3 Health Benefits Of This Keto Bloody Mary
#1: Promotes Skin Health
When the sun is shining, it’s always a good idea to grab some sunscreen and protect your skin against UV rays. However, while protecting your skin from the outside-in is one way to go, there may be a more effective plan of action.
Many people don’t realize that they can protect their skin from damage from the inside-out. Specifically, by consuming foods that are high in antioxidants that have an affinity for their skin.
One such antioxidant is called lycopene, and it can be found in abundance in tomatoes.
Research shows that lycopene, along with other carotenoid compounds from tomatoes, can mitigate UV light-induced sunburn. In addition, tomato consumption may have a protective effect against skin cancer[*].
#2: Immune Boosting
Horseradish is an incredibly pungent plant that belongs to the cruciferous vegetable family. While you typically only consume horseradish in small amounts, this doesn’t take away from its potent health benefits.
Just like the rest of the cruciferous family, horseradish is rich in glucosinolate compounds[*]. Glucosinolates are sulfur-containing compounds that have a beneficial effect on your immune system.
In fact, research shows that these protective compounds have antibacterial properties, helping to fight off bacteria like E. coli and H. pylori[*].
In addition, glucosinolates have also been studied for their anti-cancer properties. Some research suggests that they can not only stop the growth of cancer cells, but they may also induce cancer cell death[*][*].
#3: Rich In Vitamin C
Both tomatoes and lemons are excellent sources of vitamin C. Vitamin C plays numerous roles in your body, from collagen synthesis to antioxidant activity.
As an antioxidant, research shows that vitamin C may play a role in protecting against certain types of cancer as well as cardiovascular disease.
As a component of collagen synthesis, vitamin C helps to ensure the integrity of your skin. In addition, vitamin C is essential for the absorption of nonheme iron (iron that comes from vegetable sources)[*].
Keto Bloody Mary Cocktail
Low-carb cocktails don’t always do the job when you’re craving the real thing. Luckily, in the case of bloody Mary’s you can have it all and keep your carbs in check.
This classic cocktail is sugar-free, savory, and rich in flavor. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s also dairy-free and gluten-free.
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
- ½ cup unsweetened tomato juice
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ tablespoon horseradish
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- Dash of hot sauce
- Creole or Cajun seasoning (for the rim of the glass)
- Optional toppings:
- Crispy bacon
- Green olives
- Celery leaves
- Add all the ingredients to a high-speed blender, except the creole or cajun seasoning, and blend until well-combined.
- Season the rim of your glass, add ice cubes, pour the mixture into the glass, and top with optional toppings.
- Calories: 177
- Fat: 1
- Carbohydrates: 8.7 (Net: 6.5)
- Fiber: 2.2