Apple Cider Vineger & Your Health

Apple Cider Vineger & Your Health

Elle Boomfield

Apple Cider Vinegar has been around for ages and I am here to tell you that the old wives' tales are true- it is a miracle elixir. 

Apple Cider Vinegar has been attributed to so many health benefits throughout the years and among the endless list I do think there are a few worth mentioning. Above all is digestive health. Our digestive systems have taken some large, smack-down fights these past years with eating so much processed food and food that is marked as healthy, but is in reality are some of the worst things you can eat. One of the best ways to win this fight is with the addition of Apple Cider Vinegar to your diet. Please note I'm not saying to take the Apple Cider Vinegar alone, not even close, we'll get to the details in a bit, but for now let's stick to the benefits. Another benefit is hormone and blood pressure stabilization. No, Apple Cider Vinegar is not and will not cure all or fix all, but it can help immensely. Something that has recently been proven by a student at Stanford is that Apple Cider Vinegar can also aid with weight loss efforts. In my opinion this points back to the digestive health attribute, but the side effect of weight loss is surely something that deserves notice. Of course there are more benefits and I encourage you to research on your own, but those are the couple that I think are the most noteworthy. 

So, now that you know how good Apple Cider Vinegar is for you let's talk about ways to get it 'down the hatch' shall we?.....after all, Apple Cider Vinegar on its own can have the instant gag reflex action. I've got three juicing recipes for you to incorporate your Apple Cider Vinegar in and even a bonus recipe at the very end, so, stay tuned. 

Please note, that when I say juicing, I mean juicing in a juicer, can you use a blender, yes, but please don't expect the taste or texture to be the same or as appealing. 

First: I call this Spicy Apple Pie

You will need: 
1 large Honey Crisp Apple (or 2 small)
1 large Lemon
1 1-inch to 2-inch Chunk of Ginger, depending on taste
1 tbsp - 2tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar, depending on taste
Cinnamon, to taste
Ice
Water

Run The Apple, Lemon And Ginger through your handy dandy juicer. We're looking for a yield of at least 200ml (7-8 ounces).

Now, in a large cup that allows for shaking or vigorous stirring, combine ice, Apple Cider Vinegar, juice, a healthy dose of cinnamon. Fill up the rest of the cup with water. Shake, shake, shake or stir, stir, stir and Enjoy!

Second: This one is lovingly called Sunday, Bloody Sunday

You Will Need:
2 Blood Oranges
1 large Lemon
1 1-inch to 2-inch Chunk of Ginger, depending on taste
1 tbsp - 2tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar, depending on taste
Cinnamon, to taste
Ice
Water

Run the blood oranges, lemon and ginger through your handy dandy juicer. Again, we're looking for a yield of at least 200ml (7-8 ounces).

Now, in a large cup that allows for shaking or vigorous stirring, combine ice, Apple Cider Vinegar, juice, a healthy dose of cinnamon. Fill up the rest of the cup with water. Shake, shake, shake or stir, stir, stir and Enjoy!

Third: This Creation We Know As Fennelicious

You Will Need: 
1 Fennel Bulb
2 Honey Crisp Apples
1 Lemon
1 Blood Orange
1 1-inch to 2-inch Chunk of Ginger, depending on taste
1 tbsp - 2tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar, depending on taste
Cinnamon, to taste
Ice
Water

Run the fruits and ginger through your juicer. As always, we need a yield of at least 200ml (7-8 ounces) and this combination typically yields at least 2 servings. 

Now, in a large cup that allows for shaking or vigorous stirring, combine ice, Apple Cider Vinegar, juice, a healthy dose of cinnamon. Fill up the rest of the cup with water. Shake, shake, shake or stir, stir, stir and Enjoy!

The last recipe I wanted to leave you with is a salad dressing. Once I started making this salad dressing at home I completely abandoned grocery store salad dressing. 

You know that salad dressing you get at Japanese restaurants? That wonderful, spicy dressing? Guess what it is, Just Guess. 

Yup, it's ginger dressing. Ginger. Now here's something you don't know. Most Japanese restaurants use a ton of sodium in their Ginger dressing, and if you try to buy a decent tasting Ginger Dressing from the grocery store it is also filled with a ton of Sodium and the more you read the list of ingredients it is utterly discouraging. 

So- it was because of this irritating list of ingredients that I started obsessing over Ginger Dressing. Thinking there must be a way to make this dressing with less sodium and no soy sauce or wierdness, just freshness. 

I SUCCEEDED. And here I am going to share this recipe with you. It took me about a year to find the right mix of everything, hope you enjoy it as much as we do in my house.

You Will Need: 
3-4 Carrots, Peeled and Roughly Chopped
1/2 Spanish Onion
1/4 cup to 1/3 cup Ginger, Peeled and Roughly Chopped, if you really like your dressing spicy you can add even more, there isn't a limit
1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
2 tbsp Raw Honey or Coconut Palm Sugar
3 tbsp Fractionated Coconut Oil, Good Quality Olive Oil, can also use Sesame Oil if preferred
1 tbsp to 1/4 cup Water, depending on preference of texture
Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt or Celery Salt, to taste
Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste

Production is so easy, put all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and let it go at full power for 5 minutes or so. Once everything has been thoroughly mixed together put into your favorite salad dressing container. 

NOTE** this dressing is thick and almost chunky, that's the way it's supposed to be. 

Well, That's all for now, I hope you try out the Apple Cider Vinegar juice combinations and enjoy them.