Apple cider vinegar drinks are a great way to get your daily dose of ACV with ease. I’ve got 5 recipes that taste amazing!
You’ve probably heard of apple cider vinegar and are most likely familiar with some of its purported health benefits. It is a lasting natural health craze that doesn’t seem to be fading any time soon. Unlike other fad health remedies and miracle cures that are nothing but snake oil, apple cider vinegar (ACV) actually has a wealth of scientific evidence to back up its benefits. Here are just a few reasons you should add ACV to your diet today.
4 Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
1. Reduces blood pressure
High blood pressure is a significant contributor to heart disease and can cause heart muscles to weaken over time. Apple cider vinegar has been shown to reduce high blood pressure and increase heart health.
2. Help you lose weight
Believe it or not, science actually backs up this famous benefit of ACV. One study, in particular, showed a significant reduction of belly fat in obese individuals after daily exposure to ACV. Keep in mind that merely drinking apple cider vinegar alone will not cause you to lose weight. It is a useful weight loss aid when combined with a healthy diet and active lifestyle.
3. Lowers blood sugar
ACV could be useful for those with diabetes, pre-diabetes, or anyone who has trouble managing their blood sugar. Human studies have shown that it is effective at improving insulin sensitivity and lowering blood sugar following meals.
4. May help prevent cancer
There has been some evidence to suggest that ACV may help kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. However, these studies have not progressed to human trials so it is important to take this evidence as extremely preliminary. It is a noted antioxidant powerhouse, though, containing phenols such as catechin and caffeic acid, and could help the body fight off damaging free radicals.
What kind of ACV should you buy
Not all ACV is created equal. It can often be hard to decipher which kind is the best when they all seem to say some variation of “natural,” “organic,” or “raw.” Make sure that you are purchasing organic, raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar (like this one). It should be murky in the bottom with “the mother” still intact and clearly visible.
- Soothes sunburn when applied topically
- Boosts gut health and increases healthy bacteria
- Keeps hair shiny when used as a cleansing rinse
- Helps balance pH levels
- Aids in detoxification
- Relieves cold symptoms
- Protects from harmful bacteria
- Strengthens bones
- Keep skin young and prevent fine lines and wrinkles
- Reduces heartburn and acid reflux
- Acts as a natural cleaner
- Can ward off bugs
- Prevents underarm body odor when applied as a deodorant
- Fights fungal infections
Apple Cider Vinegar Drinks
If you can stomach drinking ACV without any other added ingredients then you are in the minority. Though it does have an impressive array of benefits, this potent vinegar isn’t exactly the most appealing substance. If you plan on drinking ACV plain, just remember to always dilute 1 Tbsp in an 8oz. glass of water first. Because it is so acidic, straight ACV can burn your esophagus and throat and erode the enamel of your teeth so it is important that you never try to take “shots” of this healthy vinegar.Print
Apple Cider Vinegar Drinks
- Prep Time: 2 minutes
- Total Time: 2 minutes
- Yield: 2 cups
- Category: Beverages
- Cuisine: Drinks
ACV Grape Drink: This is my favorite flavor of the apple cider drinks. If you love grape juice, you’ll enjoy this mix of sweet and sour flavors! You’ll need 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 1 cup grape juice, 1 cup water and 1 teaspoon of stevia powder. Mix the ingredients together and store in the refrigerator.
ACV Limeade: If you love limeade, lemonade, and all things citrus, you’ll adore this easy, tangy ACV drink with just the right amount of sweetness to balance out the sour. You’ll need 1 1/2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with, 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, 1 teaspoon stevia and 2 cups of cold water. Add all ingredients to a jar, cover with the lid and shake well to combine.
Spicy Ginger Drink: The ground ginger in this recipe gives the drink a delightful kick that will clear your sinuses and help soothe an upset stomach. You’ll need 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar with 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1 teaspoon honey and 2 cups of cold water. Add all ingredients to a jar, cover with the lid and shake well to combine.
Classic Lemon ACV drink: It’s back to the basics with this simple ACV drink. This can also be made as a hot drink, simply warm over the stove with a few cinnamon sticks and fresh ginger slices. Strain before enjoying. You’ll need 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 1 cup water, juice of 1/2 lemon and liquid stevia or honey to taste. Add all ingredients to a jar and shake well to combine. Store in the fridge until ready to use and serve over ice. If you are trying to quit soda and still crave that fizzy carbonation, you can use plain sparkling water instead.
Honey Drink with a Twist: The hint of cayenne in this drink gives it a unique flavor that will bring the heat up a notch. You’ll need 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 dash cayenne pepper and 2 cups of warm/hot water. Stir well until the honey has dissolved. Serve hot or over ice.
- Serving Size: 8 ounces
- Calories: 20
- Sugar: 5
- Sodium: 0
- Fat: 0
- Saturated Fat: 0
- Unsaturated Fat: 0
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 5
- Fiber: 0
- Protein: 0
- Cholesterol: 0
Other ways to incorporate ACV into your diet:
ACV, even in a diluted form with a nice splash of sweetness from honey or stevia, can still be a little difficult to swallow at first. It takes time for your tastebuds to get acclimated to the particularly strong taste of this health powerhouse. Here are a few sneaky ways to incorporate ACV into your diet…without drinking it.
- Mix it with your favorite salad dressing or drizzle it and a little oil over your leafy greens.
- Use it as a marinade for various meat and fish. It is delicious when combined with equal parts olive oil.
- Instead of butter on popcorn, transfer some ACV vinegar to a spray bottle and spritz it over your freshly popped kernels. Follow with a little sea salt.
- Sneak it into any smoothie. You’ll hardly be able to notice the taste!
If you haven’t yet jumped on the ACV bandwagon, now is the time. ACV’s popularity doesn’t seem to be slowing down. In fact, it is only continuing to pick up speed as researchers and mainstream health practitioners finally catch on to the power of this amazing superfood.