5 Simple Ways to Cook with Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has become all the rage—and for good reason. It’s a wonderful, natural home remedy to many ailments and at-home hiccups. But did you know that adding some* apple cider vinegar to your diet could help your health as well?

Of course, there’s no magic bullet to weight loss, and we recommend a fresh, well-balanced diet. But apple cider vinegar is rich in acetic acid and potassium, and small amounts in your diet could help maintain your body’s pH level, detox your liver, reduce heartburn, keep you regular, and ultimately, aid in weight loss.

So why not add a little* apple cider vinegar into your cooking habits? Here are some easy ways to do so.

Use It In Homemade Salad Dressings

Making salad dressings at home is a great way to control ingredients and keep it light. Just swap the acid (white wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, etc.) in your favorite salad dressing recipes for apple cider vinegar. It adds a nice fruity flavor to dressings. Try using it in this recipe for Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Use It As a Marinade

Chicken is often a staple for healthy eaters. Before you hit the grill or oven next, whip up a marinade using healthy, tasty apple cider vinegar. It’ll add flavor and help tenderize your chicken, plus you’ll get some of the healthy benefits (although, to a lesser degree—the best way to get the benefits of apple cider vinegar is to enjoy it raw). Try this healthy recipe for Apple Cider Vinegar Chicken.

Mix It Into a Smoothie

It might seem weird to mix apple cider vinegar into a smoothie, but just a little bit can add a nice tang to your drink (think: Greek yogurt tangy), and you get all the wonderful benefits of a small, raw daily dose. Try this Apple-Ginger-Cucumber Smoothie.

Make a Mocktail

Mix together your favorite juice with apple cider vinegar and a splash of maple syrup (I like using cranberry juice) to get a tasty, healthy mocktail. Add in a splash of seltzer water to make it über festive!

Add it to Waffles (or Pancakes)

Don’t have buttermilk kicking around for those Whole Grain Buttermilk Pancakes (who does?)? Just mix a couple tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with milk to make “fake” buttermilk. It adds tanginess, helps the pancakes get fluffy, and gets you that dose of healthful goodness.

*Apple cider vinegar is highly acidic and should be consumed in moderation. Always dilute it before consuming; pure, straight apple cider vinegar could cause damage to your mouth and teeth. Check with your doctor to make sure it doesn’t interfere with any medications.

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Cassie Johnston is an award-winning food writer and recipe developer living and working in Southern Indiana. Her work has been feature in national publications such as Gourmet Magazine and The Huffington Post. Cassie’s a big fan of strenuous hikes, cheese, watching sports, Brussels sprouts, and craft beer, and she’ll talk your ear off about her love of local food and seasonal eating. She’s obsessed with social media and loves connecting with new friends!