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Have you ever heard of the benefits of apple cider vinegar?

The magic liquid is said to promote weight loss, improve heart health, control blood sugar, help digestion and strengthen your bones and teeth, and it turns out even Jennifer Aniston is a fan

While some clean eating advocates recommend drinking a shot of ACV first thing in the morning, our commitment to a healthy lifestyle isn't strong enough to put ourselves through this. We just prefer coffee. 

There are actually many ways you can introduce ACV in your diet, so here are a few ideas.

1. In a salad dressing

ACV can be used as a tasty salad dressing. Whisk 1 tsp mustard with 2 tbsp ACV, add 3 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper. Whisk well and drizzle on your favourite salad!

2. In a smoothie

In a blender, add a handful of spinach, 1 frozen banana, a handful of frozen blueberries, a pinch of grated ginger, 1 tbsp almond butter, 1 tbsp ACV and a splash of almond milk. Blitz and enjoy!

3. In hummus

Rinse and drain 1 can of chickpeas and place in a food processor with 1 garlic clove, 30ml olive oil, 2 tbsp ACV, 1 tbsp tahini, 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper and salt to taste. Blend until smooth. 

To get a looser texture, add a couple tbsp of cold water. 

4. In a healthy ketchup

Combine 200g tomato puree with 4 tbsp maple syrup, 2 tbsp ACV, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp garlic, 1 tsp oregano, salt and pepper to taste. Use as a dip for your favourite chips!

 

5. In guacamole

ACV can conveniently replace lime in guacamole.

Mash two avocados, add 1/4 red onion finely diced, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 to 2 tbsp ACV, 1 crushed garlic clove, 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, 1 tbsp chopped coriander, salt and pepper. 

 

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You might be a bit hesitant of this one – but believe us, it works. 

Apple cider vinegar is a weird, but great way to step up your beauty game. 

This multi-tasking ingredient can be used to prevent acne and even make nail polish last longer, but that's just the beginning!

Take a look at these…

Skin soother

Add a cup of apple cider to a bath filled with warm water and soak in it for 15 minutes.

The pH level of apple cider vinegar is similar to the pH level of the protective acid mantle layer of your skin, so this soak will help restore the balance. 

Facial toner

Mix together one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and two cups of water. Moisten a cotton ball, and swipe over your clean, dry face.

The vinegar's natural alpha-hydroxy will stimulate circulation, as well as minimize your pores. Don't worry about the smell either, it will pass quickly. 

Hair rinse

Mix two tablespoons of vinegar with one cup of water, and use it inbetween your shampoo and conditioner routine. It will remove any residue, to leave your hair strong and shiny. 
 

Sunburn relief

Mix 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar with four cups of water. Pour the mixture into a cloth and apply to your sunburned skin.

The pH level will promote healing and prevent any nasty blistering. 

Razor bump remedy

Moisten a cotton ball with diluted apple cider vinegar and swipe over the problem area.

The anti-inflammatory properties of the vinegar will sooth irritated skin and the acetic acid softens skin to help with ingrown hairs. 

Bruise healer

Soak a cotton ball with diluted apple cider vinegar and secure it to the bruised area with a bandage. Leave it on for one hour.

The properties in the vinegar calms injured skn and increases circulation and healing. 

 

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