How to use apple cider vinegar (and like it)
If you want more apple cider vinegar in your life this year, but are worried about the taste, never fear – there are myriad ways to use it.
By now you’ve probably heard about – or tried – apple cider vinegar, the fermented food that is raved about in natural health circles.
So if you want it to be part of your arsenal in 2019, but you’re not in love with its slightly sour and acidic taste, don’t fret – there are a multitude of ways to incorporate this fermented vinegar into your daily life for a healthy boost.
The low down on apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is made from apple cider that has undergone fermentation and contains less sugar than either apple juice or apple cider.
This ancient folk remedy has been used for various household and cooking purposes through the ages. As far back as ancient Greece, Hippocrates prescribed it mixed with a bit of honey for coughs and colds.
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Unfiltered ACV retains ‘The Mother’ enzyme, a living mixture of beneficial bacteria and minerals highly regarded for their beneficial qualities.
How to use apple cider vinegar in your daily diet
Apple cider vinegar can be an acquired taste, but there are a host of ways to bypass its naturally sour taste.
Many fans of ACV love it combined with raw honey and a splash of sparkling water for a refreshing pick me up.
Try adding a dash to your green tea, or combine a tablespoon with some apple or grape juice and a pinch of cinnamon.
For an extra boost, supercharge your ACV by mixing it with other natural and healthy ingredients such as turmeric or chilli to create great tasting tonics.
You can also use it as a healthy substitute for plain vinegar in vinaigrettes and dressings.
Add a capful to three tablespoons each of minced shallots and Dijon mustard, two teaspoons of honey and half a cup of light olive oil to transform your summer salads.
Apple cider vinegar’s acidic and tart taste can also help transform slow cooker meals and soups.
Recipes to try:
- Asian Cabbage Salad
- Raw Slaw with Tofu and Peanut Mayonnaise
- Expectant Mum Nutrition Bowl
- Super Seed Antioxidant Salad
If you’re looking for convenience, ACV is also available in supplement form, meaning you get all of the benefits in an easy-to-swallow capsule without the vinegar taste or smell.
Other uses for apple cider vinegar
As well as in recipes, you apple cider vinegar is a useful tool in your household arsenal.
With its antibacterial properties, it can help kill off germs and keep the house spotless.
Mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar with water to make an all-natural household cleaner.
Or try using it to transform dull or dry hair.
Add a small amount to your hair after your shampoo and conditioner to help your locks stay shiny and glossy. Don’t forget to rinse off!
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