If you’ve ever spoken to a health blogger before, you’ll know within approximately four sentences that they can’t possibly live without Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). But seriously, if you’re trying to get thrifty in the kitchen, ACV is a great place to start. Whether it’s to kickstart digestion in the morning, boost a salad or tone your skin, it’s an all-rounder. It’s basically the kid who somehow won every single prize at your school all the time; you know the one.
When purchasing apple cider vinegar, go for the real thing - I like this one here. Make sure to buy the realvariety of apple cider vinegar that’s organic, unfiltered and contains the ‘mother’ ingredient which gives it it’s health edge. Personally, I love using Apple Cider Vinegar in all of my recipes but it has various uses. Here are my top ten uses for the wonderful ACV:
Let’s start off with the classic digestive aid. Apple cider vinegar has the ability to help us produce hydrochloric acid, an important stomach acid we need for digestion. I love to combine some apple cider vinegar, a squeeze of lemon, some Love Your Gut Powderand warm water in the morning before food to maximise its benefits.
We love our (gluten-free, paleo, refined-sugar free) bread, we love our (organic, grass-fed) butter but most of all, we love each other pickled vegetables. Pickled vegetables and ACV go together like Australia and it's love of new Prime Ministers. Using apple cider vinegar in place of regular vinegar is a great way to ferment your favourite veggies, or for flavouring at the end of fermentation.
If you’re a lover of all things rinse and repeat, you’ll have to try rinsing out your hair with apple cider vinegar. It can be used to supercharge your hair by detangling and adding shine. Just use two tablespoons mixed with water. You may need to experiment with this ratio as everyone’s scalps are different so adjust accordingly and get ready for beautiful, shiny and flowing hair.
Two words: gummy bears. Yes, you read that correctly. Everyone’s favourite sweet has just become supercharged. Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the star ingredients in my Apple Cider Gummy Bears. These nutrient-packed treats are the perfect treat for sneaking in some healthy goodness for the whole family.
If your skin’s been feeling a little oily, apple cider vinegar can help rebalance the pH of your skin! It’s also full of anti-bacterial properties to help tone your skin. Try dabbing some on your skin when it's mixed in with a bit of water for the ultimate benefits.
Speaking of skin, apple cider vinegar can make a great make-up remover. Simply use one part of ACV to two parts water, dab a cotton ball with the mixture and gently swipe to remove your make-up. It’s genius I tell you, pure genius.
If you’ve been soaking out in the sun all day and you’re starting to turn into a peeled and unhappy crab, put some ACV on it. To take the sting out of the burn and reduce redness, try soaking a cloth with apple cider vinegar and place it on your sunburn.
If you’re a lover of all things bone broth (pick me! pick me!), you’ll probably know that apple cider vinegar is an amazing inclusion as it can help increase your nutrient absorption from the bones. If you’ve never tried including some in your bone broth recipe or if you’ve never even tried a home-made broth before, my Beef Pho Brothis a good place to start. Just a warning – this pho is so good that if you’re starting with it, you’ll probably never want to try a different broth recipe ever again. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
For anyone who has respiratory problems, you’ll know the key way to look after them is prevention. If you experience colds, asthma, bronchitis or anything the like, try using ACV as a humidifier with some filtered water with the ratio of 4:1. That'll do the trick.
For the ultimate salad dressing, you’ve got to try including ACV. Just add some extra virgin olive oil, lemon or lime, a pinch of salt and pepper and you’ve totally supercharged your dressing. It’s proven to help lower cholesterol and even improve cardiovascular health. Try this dressing on for size here.
There you go! My top ten hacks. I'd love to know - what are you favourite ways to get some Apple Cider Vinegar Loving into your life?