If you are still wondering how you are supposed to be using apple cider vinegar, here are five easy ways to get the benefits and actually enjoy consuming it.
This first one is for a detox drink. You can drink it every day to rid yourself of toxins and help with moods and bloating.
- Detox Drink
1 glass of warm or hot water
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 dash cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon raw, local honey (optional)
Mix all ingredients together and add them to the water. You can boil water or use hot tap water, if you prefer.
If you are feeling sluggish and tired, try this detox drink. It can help cleanse your body and make you feel rejuvenated. It’s easy to make and you don’t need a blender.
Here is one for a great tasting salad dressing. You can use it however you wish.
Apple Cabbage Salad with Brown Sugar Cider Vinaigrette
5 cups thinly sliced red cabbage
Half a head of lettuce torn or sliced into strips, red leaf or romaine
2 medium apples, diced small
2 medium carrots, peeled into ribbons
2 cups finely chopped cauliflower
1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions, green and white parts
3 tablespoons canola, vegetable, safflower, or a mild nut oil like almond or walnut
1 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Pinch of fine sea salt
5 grinds fresh black pepper
1/2 cup pepitas, toasted
Combine the cabbage, lettuce, apples, carrots, cauliflower, and scallions in a large serving bowl. Toss several times so that the carrot ribbons tangle with the cabbage shreds and lettuce leaves, and the cubes of apples and bits of cauliflower settle throughout rather than at the bottom of the bowl.
In a small bowl briskly whisk together the mayonnaise and oil until smooth. Add the sugar and mustard and whisk again. Finally, whip or shake in the vinegar, salt, and pepper until it’s the desired texture for dressing.
Pour the vinaigrette over the salad, scatter the pepitas into the bowl, and toss again to combine everything. Serve immediately.
- Homemade Ketchup
This 2-minute healthy ketchup is really easy to make an much healthier than the store bought kinds. If you have kids that love ketchup, this is for you.
1 cup tomato paste (270 g)
4 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp oregano
Sea salt to taste (optional)
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Add whatever you need to adjust to your taste.
- Hot Apple Cider Vinegar
2 cinnamon sticks
1 ½ cups of water
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp honey
Lemon slice (optional)
Bring cinnamon, cloves, and water to a boil. Remove from heat and allow it to cool for a half hour, then add the apple cider vinegar, honey and lemon slice for garnish.
It’s tasty and works great as a detoxifier
5. Vegetable Delight
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, divided
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 pound peeled cubed butternut squash (about 3 cups)
1 pound parsnips, peeled and cut into 1-in. pieces (about 2 1/4 cups)
1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved 8 ounces small Yukon Gold potatoes, halved
Combine the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until blended. Place chopped vegetables on a baking sheet covered in tin foil and spray with cooking oil.
Coat with the mixture. Bake at 450°F for 35 minutes or until browned and tender, stirring gently with a spatula after 25 minutes. Remove pan from oven. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon vinegar; toss.
Find your own
If drinking the vinegar straight doesn’t appeal to, try using it in your favorite recipes. You can add it to many to add a tang of flavor and still reap the benefits. If all else fails and you just hate the flavor, you can also take it in pill form.
Use it as a substitute for other recipes calling for similar ingredients. You can experient with the recipes and make your own favorite drinks, salad dressings and more.