Apple Cider Vinegar - Family Goods - Gut Health - Recipes

Refreshing Apple Cider Vinegar Recipes

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
  • Ice
  • Water
  • Optional sweetener like raw honey

What to Do:

  1. Drop berries into a glass (with sweetener, if applicable) and softly muddle with back of spoon.
  2. Pour water in glass.
  3. Mix in one scoop of Apple Cider Probiotic.
  4. Add ice.
  5. Enjoy!

Beet-Cherry Switchel

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
  • tbsp Apple Cider Alkalizer
  • 3 tbsp blackstrap molasses
  • 3 tbsp tart cherry juice
  • 4 cups water
 What to do:
  1. Add all ingredients into a large sealed container
  2. Shake well to combine
  3. 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!

Happy mixing!

 

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Coconut Oil - Family Goods - Recipes - Uncategorized

Coconut Oil Snack Hacks

Besides using it around the house, coconut oil’s health benefits have made it a fairly common kitchen staple.

While substituting it for canola or olive oils are its most popular use, there are a number of other ways to incorporate heaping spoonfuls of it. Check out these coco-tasty and kitchen-easy recipes.

Coconut Oil Coffee

Substituting coconut oil for your coffee creamer, is delicious, more heart-healthy AND free of chemicals and sugar. Plus, mixing the saturated fat with caffeine helps give a longer-lasting energy boost! On top of that, the creamy addition supports proper digestion AND is satiating. Just add a spoonful of coconut oil to your cup  and stir. If you want to step it up a notch, place already brewed coffee, coconut oil and honey in a blender, and froth!

Coconut Oil Popcorn

Another super easy (+ super tasty) coco-kitchen hack is to use it for popcorn! The perfect, all-American snack just got a lot healthier.

Coconut Mama has the perfect, simple recipe. What you’ll need is:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup of organic corn kernels
  • Sea salt

Simply heat the coconut oil until it is completely melted (don’t go over medium heat, because the texture will not allow the kernels to pop). Place a few kernels in the pan to test if the oil is hot enough to pop them. Once it is, add the remaining kernels. Cover the pan and shake every 10 seconds when you hear popping. Remove the pan from heat after the popping slows down to every 2 to 3 seconds.

Let your popcorn cool and then add some sea salt! Enjoy!

Corn Tortilla Chips

Chips are another guilty-pleasure snack! Healthy living is a compromise and all about moderation. Don’t fill your cabinets with bags of processed chips that list unknown ingredients, make your own with whole foods! Coconut Mama has a pretty easy recipe with only a few ingredients.

You will need:

  • 1 pack of corn tortillas (preferably organic and non-GMO)
  • 6 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
  • Sea salt

The directions are pretty simple too:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Melt the coconut oil.
  3. While waiting on steps 1 and 2, cut the tortillas into small pieces. Place those pieces on a cookie sheet or tray when done.
  4. Evenly spread the melted oil across the chips.
  5. Place in the oven for 6-8 minutes.
  6. Rotate the sheets or trays, and continue baking until the chips are light brown and crispy.
  7. Add salt once done.

You can eat them warm (just be careful) or cool! Don’t forget to store some away for tomorrow! Just be sure to use a Ziploc or airtight container.

Coconut Oil Spreads

If you have a food processor or high performance blender, you can really put coconut oil to use by making spreads. You can make coconut butter and other spreads for bread or crackers.

To make these, you will need to combine selected ingredients into the blender with coconut oil, and blend away! You’ll want to place them in the freezer for at least ten minutes afterward (depending on how firm you want the spread to be) and then place it in the fridge after that. Use spreads within a few days of making them, depending.

Here are some cool, coconut combinations (say that three times fast) from Healthy Happy Life:

Cinna-Banana Coconut Spread:

  • 5 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 banana
  • 2-3 dashes of cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons of maple or agave syrup

Strawberry Spread:

  • 5 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 5-6 strawberries
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 teaspoons of maple or agave syrup

Remember, when experimenting with coconut oil spreads: Blending coconut oil with slightly cold or chilled liquids might leave you with clumpy butter. Unless you’re into that, you should probably stick to room temperature or warm liquids.

Have fun and get cooking!

 

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