Refreshing Apple Cider Vinegar RecipesApril 16, 2018
Everything’s coming up apples this month at Pure Planet. We launched two new apple cider vinegar products, a lemon-flavored Probiotic and a cherry-delicious Alkalizer. Each refreshing blend has their own set of benefits and tastes.
So, if an apple a day can’t keep you away, try using our Apple Cider products in these tasty drink recipes.
Lemon Berry Apple Cider
When the sun shines bright, nothing beats a crisp, cool drink. Primally Inspired’s Lemon Berry Apple Cider seems mighty good, so we think it would taste even better with Apple Cider: Probiotic as a substitute. A refreshing glass that can help us keep cool and aid digestion? Yes, please!
What you’ll need for one glass:
- 2 tablespoons fresh or frozen berries
- 1 scoop of Apple Cider Probiotic
- Optional sweetener like raw honey
What to Do:
- Drop berries into a glass (with sweetener, if applicable) and softly muddle with back of spoon.
- Pour water in glass.
- Mix in one scoop of Apple Cider Probiotic.
- Add ice.
If you’ve never heard of a switchel drink before, it is basically a drink comprised of four ingredients: vinegar, ginger, water and a sweetener like honey or syrup. We think that both Apple Cider products would be a perfect ingredient to plenty of switchel mixes (our Probitic already contains two of the necessary ingredients)!
Try substituting Apple Cider Alkalizer for tart cherry in this switchel recipe by YurielKaim. You’ll miss out on the tart taste of cherry, but gain the vibrant taste of beets and cherry!
Makes 4 servings:
- 3 tbsp fresh grated ginger
- 3 tbsp Apple Cider Alkalizer
- 3 tbsp blackstrap molasses
- 3 tbsp tart cherry juice
- 4 cups water
- Add all ingredients into a large sealed container
Shake well to combine
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, and serve over ice
And of course, there’s no need to add extra vinegar when using any of the Apple Cider mixes! So, just stick to our mix, ginger, water and your sweetener of choice!
Sparkling Water Splash
Recipes are fun, but sometimes you just don’t have the time! Looking for a quick way to to make drinks with a splash? Substitute sparkling or seltzer water for regular water when mixing our Apple Cider drinks!
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a gem in the superfood health world. We’ve talked about how it is sometimes connected to digestive health, but some nutritionists also link it to alkalizing pH levels in your body.
We know what you’re thinking–what in the world is a pH and alkalinity? (And if you already know, then great, here’s a refresher!) Without boring you with all the scientific details, let’s put our lab coats on and dive in!
pH, Acidity and Alkalinity
Every water-soluble substance (or solution) has a pH level, which stands for “power of hydrogen.” That’s just a fancy way of describing how many hydrogen ions are present in a solution. The scale ranges from 0 to 14, with a neutral level at 7. Anything under 7 is considered more acidic, while anything closer to 14 is considered alkaline.
Our bodies have multiple pH levels–including our blood, and even our stomachs. Your body naturally balances your pH, to the best of its abilities. Most nutritionists suggest that our bodies’ pH levels lean slightly to the alkaline, but that depends on which part of the body. For example, your stomach will most likely be more acidic, which makes total sense! Acid is needed to help gastrointestinal functions, like dissolving enzymes. But for the most part, The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) reports your body’s pH level should be around 7.4, which is usually tested by saliva, urine or blood sample.
If your body’s pH level (not counting your stomach) is acidic, there may be a problem, including acidosis (an excess of acid in the body). This can happen if your liver lungs and kidneys can’t balance your body’s acidity in, leading to complications like kidney failure. Acidosis is most likely to occur when there is an underlying condition.
Apple Cider Vinegar and pH
So, where does apple cider vinegar come in? Well, many nutritionists believe that among a bunch of other health benefits, ACV can help your body maintain a balanced pH. This is because of its nature. Vinegar goes through a fermentation process, which usually produces acid. Although vinegar is technically an acid, this acid is believed to have an opposite, alkalizing effect on the body.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Alkalize
With our superfood know-how, Pure Planet has taken what we know about alkalinity and oxygenation, and created a refreshing new blend. Welcome, Apple Cider: Alkalize!
Alkalize pairs ACV with nutrient superfoods beets and cherries, boosting oxygenation and alkalizing properties. Plus, the group blends together to make a yummy-tasting drink.
Alkalize is just one of our new ACV products, along with Apple Cider: Probiotic. Try both today!
Read up on ACV and alkalinity:
Apple Cider Vinegar & Digestive HealthApril 2, 2018
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is taking the health world by storm and for good reason! With an abundance of qualities and properties, ACV has been used as a home remedy for a long time. With the rising interest in probiotics, ACV once again takes center stage.
In order to understand probiotics, we have to understand our gut first. We know, that’s a tall order–but as the days go on, we learn more and more! Our gut is almost like its own little world, full of its own bacteria and micro-organisms. That’s where probiotics come in.
Think of probiotics as little soldiers that help your gut fight the good fight. Probiotic products contain bacteria and micro-organisms that help your gut dispose of bad bacteria, while encouraging good bacteria to thrive.
Apple Cider Vinegar
So, where does ACV come in? ACV happens to be connected to digestive health, just like probiotics. It contains helpful enzymes, like pectin, which comes from fermented apples. This enzyme helps encourage healthy bacteria growth.
Some nutritionists also believe the fermentation process brings out probiotic enzymes, but this is mostly due to organic ACV and beneficial bacteria it may hold if kept totally intact (if its’ not pasteurized). The acid from fermentation has also been thought to aid digestive health and even acid reflux.
Apple Cider: Probiotic
At Pure Planet, we like to use what Mother Earth has given us. That’s why we used our superfoods know-how to make ACV even better, including alleviating the bitter taste of vinegar. We’ve amped up the the digestive aid nutrients with our new Apple Cider: Probiotic.
Apple Cider: Probiotic contains ginger root, tumeric, lemon and probiotic Lactospore. Ginger root has been connected to help digestion and inflammation. Tumeric is also thought to have anti-inflammatory benefits, with many people using it when they have stomach issues. Lemon, while great-tasting, has also been tied to digestive health. Finally, Lactospore is a well-researched probiotic that can help encourage healthy gut flora. Together, these ingredients work together to make one great-tasting, effective superfood drink!
Want to learn more about probiotics and apple cider vinegar?