If you’re looking for an affordable miracle product that can reportedly detoxify your digestive system, reduce acid reflux and high blood pressure, support weight loss, whiten your teeth, and even brighten your skin, it’s time to hop on the apple cider vinegar bandwagon.
The health benefits of drinking raw, organic apple cider vinegar (known as ACV) come from its natural doses of potassium, magnesium, probiotics, complex enzymes, and acetic acid, which acts as an antibiotic for “bad” bacteria while fostering the growth of “good” bacteria for skin and digestion. People across the country swear by the benefits of drinking ACV, particularly from the brand Bragg, on a daily basis.
Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar, $10.96 on Amazon
The only downside? Drinking straight up vinegar isn’t exactly enjoyable. But if you follow these simple tricks to incorporate it into your diet, you can reap the benefits of ACV without gagging at the taste.
1. Mix It with Juice
The easiest and most popular way to get your daily dose of ACV is to mix one or two tablespoons of it with fresh juice in the morning. Orange, grapefruit, and cranberry juice work well, but definitely avoid any juice cocktail or brands with added sugar. It would mix well with this Apple-Lemon-Ginger Juice recipe or this Tangy Greens and Apple Juice recipe, but also blend seamlessly into this Roots Juice recipe. You can also add a splash of sparkling water to any of the above.
2. Add It to Tea with Honey
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3. Try Dr. Axe’s Detox Drink
One of the most popular recipes for ACV online is for this super-healthy drink from Dr. Axe. It contains ACV, lemon juice, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper, which can help you lose body fat and boost energy. He recommends drinking it three times daily 20 minutes before meals, but in my expert opinion once a day is enough.
4. Make a Salad Dressing
Replacing the red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar in your salad dressing is an easy way to sneak ACV into your daily meals. Try a salad dressing with some honey and a little mustard to mask the harsher vinegar taste, like this one. Add it to salads (obviously), roasted veggies, grilled chicken, or your favorite grain bowl.
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5. Make Homemade Ketchup
This healthy ketchup recipe is an unexpected and easy way to replace something processed in your diet with something extremely healthy. All you need is ACV, tomato paste, onion powder/oregano, maple syrup, and salt. And beyond homemade ketchup, you can add a splash of ACV to any tomato sauce or salsa for a healthy, vinegary kick.
6. Make a Marinade
Marinating your meat, or even veggies, with a slightly acidic mixture (like you get from vinegar) will help tenderize your dish and lock in moisture. Try this Roast Chicken with Vegetables recipe, which uses ACV and herbs to create marinade magic.
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7. Be Brave and Take a Shot
Sometimes, there’s just no time for games. Mix one tablespoon of ACV with two tablespoons of water, plug your nose, shoot it back, and don’t forget a chaser. Honestly, this is my favorite way to drink ACV—it makes your stomach feel like it’s on fire for a few minutes, but it’s the easiest method. However, never shoot ACV completely straight without water. If you don’t dilute it, it could damage your tooth enamel and cause stomach aches. To make it more palatable, you can also try making it taste like pie.
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