How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar in Interesting Ways
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is an ingredient that has been discussed a lot over the past few years due to the claims that it can help you to become healthier and even lose weight. The claims are true. If you use apple cider vinegar strategically, it can be a powerful weapon when trying to shed some fat. The problem with adding it to your weight-loss plan is not the actual consumption of it, but the method of consumption.
For the best results, it should be consumed before meals to improve digestion and also with meals to help reduce the glycaemic impact of the meal. This means that your blood sugar levels will not rise as much when you consume apple cider vinegar, which will help balance your blood sugar levels, reduce hunger, make it easier for you to lose fat, and make it harder for your body to store fat. Apple cider vinegar should not be taken in pure form. While you might have heard that you should take shots of ACV, this can be bad for your teeth, which is why it is better to dilute it with water before consuming it or to work it into a recipe. Here are a few creative ways of using ACV that you can use while trying to lose weight:
Make an Apple Cider Vinegar Spritzer
Instead of making a spritzer with wine and sparkling water or soda water to help you wind down at the end of the day, try making one using ACV instead of wine. It is especially nice when you drink it out of a wine glass. It still tastes the same, but it does make it feel a bit more special.
Make Your Own Salad Dressing
Any good vinaigrette contains a combination of vinegar, oil, and herbs and spices. You can find various recipes online for making your own salad dressing – and use ACV as your vinegar of choice. If you make enough, you will be able to add it to your meals quite easily and it will taste a lot nicer than having a shot of pure ACV.
Add Some to Your Tea
It is particularly nice with Rooibos tea. If you make a cup of tea, adding a splash of ACV and something to sweeten it with can turn your tea into a delicious drink that will remind you of drinking a warm cider, especially if you add a few warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and aniseed.
Mix It Through Your Vegetables and Avocado
Some fruits and vegetables oxidise once you have cut them. Have you ever noticed how an apple turns brown if you sliced it and left it out for a bit? The same happens with avocado, aubergine, bananas, and potatoes. You can coat them with ACV after cutting to help prevent this from happening. This gives you the benefit of keeping your salad or fruit salad fresh for longer and it is an easy way for you to make sure you consume this great addition to your pantry.
You can buy Herbex’s Apple Cider Vinegar at any Clicks, Dis-Chem, or major retailer in South Africa, as well as on Takealot.com.