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4 Tasty Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

The jury is in on Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) and the verdict is…healthy as charged.  From giving a boost to weight loss efforts to reducing LDL (“bad” cholesterol) levels, an ounce of unfiltered ACV with meals seems to have some wonderful health-enhancing benefits.I can’t eat greens – collard, turnip or kale – unless they are sprinkled with Apple Cider Vinegar. It’s the staple ingredient in my coleslaw and, mixed with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic, it’s part of my daily lunch salad. I never thought about the health benefits – I just like the taste.  If you’re one of those folks who want to increase your intake of ACV, but need new ways to incorporate it into your meals, try these quick and easy ideas:

4 Tasty Ways to Use Apple Cider VinegarBean Salad

A colorful dish packed with nutrition and served cold, making it perfect for either an entree or side dish on a hot summer evening.  Combine 4 tablespoons of ACV with a combination of chilled pinto beans and white northern beans, add very finely minced garlic, diced onions, chopped red and green bell peppers.  Toss and add salt and pepper to taste.  Optional:  Sprinkle with crumbled turkey bacon before serving.

4 Tasty Ways to Use Apple Cider VinegarHoney mustard salad dressing

A little sweet, a little savory, a lot of flavor for your favorite salad mix.  Add ¼ cup of ACV to 3 tablespoons spicy mustard, 1/3 cup olive oil, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and a dash of salt.   Stir, chill and shake well before serving.

4 Tasty Ways to Use Apple Cider VinegarWatermelon Slushie

This is the perfectly refreshing, sweet and tangy summer drink – with or without alcohol. Combine  2 tablespoons ACV with ice cubes, watermelon chunks,  1 tablespoon sugar or honey.  1 tablespoon lime juice and blend to desired smoothness.  Vodka optional.

4 Tasty Ways to Use Apple Cider VinegarFruit Dip

It doesn’t get simpler than this.  2 tablespoons ACV, 1 cup powdered sugar, ½ teaspoon cinnamon.  Combine and whisk to smoothness.  The perfect dip for crispy sliced apples. strawberries, pineapple chunks and/or bananas.  Optional: add a dash of almond or walnut extract for a nutty flavor.