Apple cider vinegar is well known for its many properties and health benefits. It contains a multitude of vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, and iron. It is said to be effective in boosting the immune system, promoting weight loss and improving digestive functioning.
However, it is an acquired taste! Very few people like apple cider vinegar as is. That’s probably just as well, since ingested undiluted, it can be harmful to the stomach and esophagus linings as well as tooth enamel due to its acidity.
Here are some ideas to include apple cider vinegar into your diet even if you don’t really like the taste:
Slip apple cider vinegar into a smoothie
Everyone has their favorite smoothie recipe. You can include some apple cider vinegar into a smoothie that is made with strong-flavored fruits such as bananas and mangoes. It is not a good idea to add apple cider vinegar to a smoothie that already contains a lot of acidic fruits such as oranges, lemons, berries, etc. You likely wouldn’t even be able to taste the vinegar, and the only reason you might is that you know it was added to the smoothie.
Suitable for salad dressing
When making homemade salad dressing, vinegar is an essential ingredient. Consider using apple cider vinegar instead of other vinegars in your dressing. It is especially tasty when combined with honey and mustard. Regardless of personal taste, homemade salad dressing is better than store-bought due to the flavors, colors and preservatives added to pre-made dressings. If you want to make your homemade dressing even healthier, add some apple cider vinegar to it.
Boil up an apple cider vinegar brew
When your sinuses are inflamed or you feel a head cold coming on, you can prepare a warm, spicy apple cider vinegar brew to soothe a sore throat. Put apple cider vinegar into warm water, then add honey and lemon to taste. Finish it off by adding some cayenne pepper to make it spicy. Cayenne pepper can add great flavor to your brew, but it has many healing properties as well.
Desserts with apple cider vinegar
Very few people will associate the acidic taste of apple cider vinegar with dessert, but there are ways in which it can be used to produce delicious desserts to tempt even the most discerning of palates. Apple cider vinegar can be a buttermilk substitute in some recipes. Consult the internet for some recipe options before you make such a substitution.
An iced drink
You can use apple juice diluted with an equal part of water and some crushed ice to make a deliciously refreshing iced apple drink. Add some apple cider vinegar and a dash of cinnamon to this beverage for a completely different taste.