Incorporating ACV Into Your DIet
WRITTEN BY TJ Ferrara3 months ago
There are some brave souls who insist on taking semi-diluted shots of apple cider vinegar to start the day or before a meal. But there are others who, while wanting to take advantage of all the benefits which ACV offers, find themselves disinclined to drink it straight. To be honest, we don’t really blame you. Because of the high content of acetic acid, apple cider vinegar is distinguished by its pungent smell and taste, making it quite unpalatable and plain. The good news is that apple cider vinegar is pretty seamlessly blended into various dishes, condiments, and beverages, allowing you to still reap all its benefits while steering clear of the taste.
If apple cider vinegar is known for its brash taste, why are so many people clamoring to incorporate it into their diet? Great question. ACV is riddled with health benefits. It is a natural probiotic (meaning lots of good bacteria for the gut), it contains antioxidants and it is anti-inflammatory. It’s been reported to improve hair health and appearance, help control blood pressure levels, calm acid reflux, and stimulate weight loss. All in all, ACV really helps the body feel and function better as it combats all the nasty toxins which frequently find their way into our systems.
If healthy living is something you’re pursuing actively or are just beginning to invest time into, it’s a good idea to prioritize including adding ACV into this routine. Again, if you’re feeling ambitious, or simply don’t have time, ACV can always be taken in a shot diluted with a little water, or in the form of ACV gummies. But, if you do have time and want to get a little crazy in the kitchen, check out these recipes which blend ACV so seamlessly into your foods you won’t even know it’s there.
Fun fact – apple cider vinegar blends quite nicely into acidic fruit juice, which not only masks the taste of ACV, but it offers an easy, tasty morning drink. Mix a teaspoon of ACV into orange, grapefruit, or even apple juice and you’re good to go! In order to optimize your healthy morning drink, make sure that fruit juice is pure and free from added sugars and unnatural flavorings.
Another simple beverage including ACV is tea. You can either stay real minimal and brew up some green tea, stir in some honey and add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, or you can try your hand at this Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Tea. Made with lemon juice, honey, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and (of course) ACV, this detox drink is delicious and resets your system all at once.
Roast Chicken with Vegetables
This roast chicken recipe looks so delicious and guilt-free, we had to include it. Made with protein-rich chicken breasts and some superfood vegetables like brussels sprouts, mushrooms, carrots, butternut squash, and onions, it’s the perfect cozy, tasty dinner. Not only are these ingredients packed full of nutrients, but the marinade features garlic, rosemary, honey, apple cider vinegar, and more, for a truly delicious and completely nourishing dish.
Honey Garlic Salmon
Salmon is already one of the best anti-inflammatory foods, so combining that with the anti-inflammatory benefits of ACV provides you with a fantastic recipe for reducing inflammation in the body. Made with almost the same ingredients as the detox tea – honey, cayenne pepper, ACV – plus, of course, salmon, garlic, and a little olive oil and parsley, this easy salmon dish will have you feeling all kinds of good things.
Here at BUBS we’re all about Whole30, so this chili recipe is right up our alley. Made with all the chili essentials like ground beef, onions and bell peppers, spices and seasonings galore, and apple cider vinegar, it not only tastes great, but it’s great for you! Simply chop and measure out all the ingredients, toss them in a pot over the stove and serve with avocados, cilantro, and a smattering of scallions for a hearty meal any time of the year.
Apple Cider Vinegar Salad Dressing
While some like to simply drizzle plain ACV over their salads, others prefer to mix it into a salad dressing which can be stored in the fridge and used again and again. It’s an easy way to get your dose of ACV without even thinking about it. For this recipe, you only need ACV, honey or maple syrup, garlic, dijon mustard, extra-virgin olive oil, and salt and pepper. Whisk it together into a bowl and toss it with whatever salad concoction you want.
The benefits of ACV in more ways than one
Making healthy dietary choices, while it might sound difficult at the get-go, is actually wonderfully simple once you start exploring creative recipes. Knowing and sticking to superfoods, recipes based around white high-protein meats, and anything containing antioxidants and immune-boosting vitamins is a sure way to set you on the right path. Not only that, but by incorporating apple cider vinegar into many of these recipes, or by making recipes based off of their ACV content, you’ll be introducing important nutrients into your system and reaping the benefits of not just the nutritious meal, but those of ACV itself. Lastly, if you don’t feel you’re able to get enough of ACV’s benefits from including a teaspoon or two in your cooking, consider BUBS Natural’s Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies. They’re vegan, non-GMO, and gluten-free, so you can experience all the goodness of ACV without any additives getting in your way.