Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is one of nature’s most potent superfoods: it has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties; fuels the fat-burning process; promotes clear, glowing skin; and is even said to reduce cellulite. When consumed regularly, ACV also regulates the acid/alkaline balance, stimulates digestion, and quells the appetite.

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Drinks with ACV: lemon water and switchel

Every morning, just after I get up (yep, before that first coffee), I drink a big glass (400ml) of lukewarm water with the juice of half a lemon (or sometimes lime) and one tablespoon of ACV.

It is important to be careful when adding ACV to drinks, as it has an overpowering flavor: add too much and the drink quickly becomes unpalatable. If you initially find the ACV-lemon water combo a bit too sour, feel free to tone things down with some apple or grape juice or a few drops of honey. It’s best to do this only in the beginning, however, tapering off the sweetener as you get used to the vinegar’s sour punch.

When I have a little more time on my hands, I also like to make a refreshing, spicy Switchel – check out this recipe on my blog from last summer.

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Adding ACV to your diet

Of course, ACV can also be used for salads, cooking, and baking. Bread, for example, often contains ACV – like my Buttermilk Oat Bread or my Gluten-Free Quinoa Bread. I also add a little ACV to my Beetroot Spread.

Make-your-own ACV?

ACV is produced from apple cider by fermentation – and you can even do it yourself! However, since it takes such a long time to make – 4–6 weeks – I’ve yet to try it myself. Since ACV is also quite inexpensive, even when organic, it just seems like a lot of work! If you still want to try it out, Wellness Mama offers detailed instructions here.

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Beyond ACV: other fruit vinegars

I love drinking water, but it can get a little boring – and so to give it some flavor, I try experimenting with other fruit vinegars. Whether it’s raspberry, quince, pomegranate, or blueberry vinegar* – I have many varieties at home and in the office* – they all give my beverages a unique twist!

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Have fun and enjoy! :-)
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