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Food Files: Best Apple Cider & Fruit Smoothie

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“After doing a juice cleanse, I’m motivated to eat healthier and not emotionally. Cleansing is like my meditation. It makes me stop, focus and think about what I’m putting into my body. I’m making a commitment to my health and hitting the reset button.” Salma Hayek

 

Food Files: Best Apple Cider & Fruit Smoothie
Food Files: Best Apple Cider & Fruit Smoothie
Food Files: Best Apple Cider & Fruit Smoothie - Served in a glass
Food Files: Best Apple Cider & Fruit Smoothie – Served in a glass

 

Hello August! Have you tried Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)? Recently, I decided to try a simple Apple Cider Vinegar detox and was pleasantly surprised by the results. Not only did it aid in my digestion, it helped curb some of my sugar cravings and gave me an overall feeling of well-being. As with anything we do, moderation is key and don’t forget to consult your medical professional. Apple Cider Vinegar is made from apples that undergo a double fermentation process; the first process/ferment produces beneficial enzymes, antioxidants, and hard alcoholic cider. The second ferment yields the much admired and used Apple Cider Vinegar.

While we can choose to consume any form of Apple Cider Vinegar, it is recommended that we use Organic ACV that is high-quality, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar and contains mother of vinegar. Mother of Vinegar is the cobweb like, cloudy amber color we see in bottles that contain it, and most brands will also identify it on their labels. In my recipe for the delicious Best Apple Cider & Fruit Smoothie, (see recipe below), I used the recommended type which added a lovely, slight tart bite to the drink, while maintaining all the other combined flavors from the other ingredients I added to the mix. Enjoy!

 

“Whether you’re reaching for one of your favorite cookbooks or just winging it, do your best to keep a well-stocked arsenal of healthy ingredients at your disposal. At the very least, you’ll always be ready to whip up a green juice or smoothie.” Kris Carr

Food Files: Best Apple Cider & Fruit Smoothie - Some of the Ingredients
Food Files: Best Apple Cider & Fruit Smoothie – Some of the Ingredients
Food Files: Best Apple Cider & Fruit Smoothie - Sample of unpasteurized, amber mother of Apple Cider  Vinegar
Food Files: Best Apple Cider & Fruit Smoothie – Sample of unpasteurized, amber colored,  mother of Apple Cider Vinegar

Best Apple Cider & Fruit Smoothie

1/2 mango, peeled and cubed

1/2 large banana, sliced into chunks

1/2 pear, halved and cubed

1/2 plum, halved and cubed

1 large orange, peeled and segmented

1/2 avocado, scooped into chunks

2/3 cup of peaches, peeled and cubed

2/3 cup of frozen pineapples

1/2 cup of papaya

1/2 cup of strawberries

1/3 cup organic Greek yogurt – plain

1 tablespoon Organic,  unpasteurized apple cider vinegar w/mother of vinegar

1/2 cup ice

Instructions: Prepare all the items and place them in small cups/bowls. Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. If you like a thicker smoothie, you may add a bit more yoghurt and banana. Not only is this a delicious summer time smoothie, it has ACV beneficial nutrients that would help energize you and your day.

 Are you aware of the many benefits of using Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)? While the jury is out on some of the purported benefits of ACV, there’s been some very thorough medical research that has pointed out  a number of benefits of using it while cautioning us to be wise about all the claims we read. A simple Google search of the term brings up a slew of articles on ACV for/against it, and many explain why so many people enjoy using it today. Aside from the myriad ways we can use it in our home, there are a number of key ways Apple Cider Vinegar can give your health a boost:  The Acetic acid in ACV can have a positive biological impact on our bodies.  ACV can improve our blood sugar levels: If we drink a glass of diluted apple cider vinegar (dilute 2 Tablespoons with  16-20 oz of water) before eating a high carb meal, it helps improve insulin sensitivity and slows the rate of rising blood sugar levels.

Apple Cider Vinegar aids digestion by encouraging the growth of healthy  bacteria in our stomach. The fermented Mother of Vinegar has properties that support digestion.  ACV balances our pH levels by balancing our alkalinity while reducing our acidity levels. This helps boost our metabolic rate, our immunity levels and even our skin. ACV protects our heart health: It prevents the oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which is a contributing factor to atherosclerosis; this is where plaque build ups in our arteries can block the flow of blood and, potentially, lead to a heart attack. Eating healthy foods is imperative for our health and it’s never too late to start.

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“If you can’t afford organic food and are unable to grow your own, it’s crucial to wash all inorganic produce very carefully to minimize the toxins you consume. Soak everything for 20 minutes in water with vinegar and salt or water with fresh lemon juice and salt.” Suzanne Somers

 

Food Files: Best Apple Cider & Fruit Smoothie - Some of the Ingredients
Food Files: Best Apple Cider & Fruit Smoothie – Some of the Ingredients
Food Files: Best Apple Cider & Fruit Smoothie - Some of the Ingredients
Food Files: Best Apple Cider & Fruit Smoothie – Some of the Ingredients

 Do you use Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) in your home? Do you know ACV offers these benefits? As mentioned earlier in this post, ACV is known to benefit us in many ways and can offer a health boost for our bodies. Here are a few more: ACV may help you lose weight: When we replace high fat, high sugar condiments  with ACV infused substitutes, we cut our intake of those unhealthy foods by more than half. ACV kills bacteria: Fermented Vinegar has antibacterial properties that can help fight minor infections in our body. The acidity levels of ACV decreases the pH of tissue, and stops bacteria from growing.  ACV may help reduce the risk of cancer because it’s a rich source of polyphenols, which are compounds synthesized by plants that help our bodies fight the negative impacts of stress, some research has shown its benefits in reducing our risk of cancers. The way I see it, apple cider vinegar can be beneficial but it is not the only answer.  If we all make an extra effort to exercise, rest our bodies/minds, and eat fresh foods, fruits and vegetables, ideally organic, we would be on the road to optimum health.  So make that smoothie, kick back and enjoy it. Do you make smoothies? What type of things do you add to yours? Let me know what you think.

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  • I love to juice cleanse as well. Really helps clear out all lot of junk from my trunk 🙂

  • I have not used Apple Cider Vinegar in many years. I have no idea why I stopped using it–but have to remember to start again! It really is good for you.

  • Wonderful, I pinned this on Pinterest! Great to keep in mind, and to experiment with it.

  • To be honest, I haven’t tried apple cider vinegar at home, but with this healthy recipe you shared, I’m tempted to buy a bottle.

  • Yum! This looks great! It also looks like it would be great as a breakfast smoothie. I’m a sucker for apples in any form.

  • Oh yum! I love apple cider. I haven’t had a good cider though since I lived in my old city, we would go to the apple orchard and to the conservation areas and have it. SO good. I’m going to try this!

  • I just bought a blender and am so looking forward to using it. I will be trying your recipe among a few others. It sounds very healthy.

  • I never would have thought to put apple cider vinegar in a smoothie. Will give it a thought…can’t promise 100%

  • Apple cider vinegar does have a lot of healthy benefits. I make sure that I never run out of it at home. Thank you for the recipe for the fruit smoothie

  • I love when I can pick up a cider from the local farmers markets and use it in recipes, as it gets quite boring by itself. This sounds amazing and I cannot wait to try it!

  • I need to pick some ACV up! I know its so good for your system, but I always forget about it!

  • I’ve never made a fruit smoothie with Apple Cider but I’d like to change that. I love all of the fruits you used and I bet it turned out perfectly.

  • I’m not so good with apple cider – I dont like how it smells. For the longest time though, my mom mixes it with some of the stuff at home, says that it’s good for the health. I should prolly give it a try again especially if it’s good especially when you’re doing detox.

  • I bought some Apple cider vinegar, but wasn’t sure what to do with it yet. This gives me a great recipe. Thank you!

  • I use apple cider vinegar for everything. Now, Ill have to give this a try too! Thanks for the great write up!

  • I am just loving the large variety of fruits listed. I have never had smoothies with apple cider vinegar though I know it has many health benefits.

  • Apple cider vinegar has so many great uses it’s insane! This looks like a delicious smoothie. Thank you for sharing!

  • Sounds like a great recipe!! I’ve never heard of using vinegar in a smoothie…interesting!

  • I have heard of the many benefits of ACV, but I haven’t tried adding it into my smoothies. I will, starting today.

  • Oh man does this smoothie ever sound delish!! I am going to try it today. I won’t use all the ingredients, but some of them.

  • I’ve heard that ACV helps with digestion from a lot of people, but I have yet to try it. I know some people just mix it with water, but I like the idea of a smoothie better 🙂

  • What a great combination of flavors! I never would have thought to make an apple cider smoothie!

  • This sounds so good. I’ve never had a smoothie quite like this one, though I have to admit I’ve just started to take an interest (I’m way behind, I know).

  • I have not done anything like this. I wonder if I could use something like this to get my body back on track!

  • I never realized that Apple Cider Vinegar has so many benefits. I might have to add some to my morning smoothies.

  • I’ve heard of apple cider vinegar being good for a cleanse, but never tried it myself. This smoothie does look and sound delicious. I love all the fruits in it!

  • Wow! I had no idea how many different things one could do with this product. Thanks for sharing, that smoothie has me wishing fall would hurry up and get here for apple and pumpkin everything!

  • I have been a fan of apple cider vinegar for awhile. It has so many great uses and benefits.

  • I never thought of making a fruit smoothie with apple cider. The flavors in this must be really good.

  • I love ACV- I think it’s magical! I will have to try your recipe!

  • I hear a lot about ACV. I’ve never tried it for health benefits tho!

  • Sounds delicious! I use ACV often but never in a smoothie. I’ll have to try it.

  • I love ACV, especially when I’m sick. I can’t believe I haven’t thought to put it in a smoothie yet! Great idea!

  • I do take a shot of ACV pretty much daily. I don’t know if it’s really working for sure, but I’ve felt great since starting it, so…

  • I’m trying to eat better and make healthier choices too. I’d love to do a juice cleanse, my thing is I get so hungry so fast. It’s crazy.

  • I hear so many benefits of ACV. I typically used it in my hair and in homemade dressings but love to read of all of the health benefits of it.

  • Looks and sounds delicious. I love apple cider, I drink braggs every morning for acid reflux. Thanks for sharing.

  • Glad that is working so well for you! always great to feel like you are on the right track!

  • This sounds like a great apple cider fruit smoothie. I don’t like apple cider but my kids do and this would be great for them. Thanks for sharing.

  • Thanks for this recipe and information. I have always wondered what the benefit of taking/drinking apple cider vinegar was! 🙂

  • I am so late in trying ACV as part of maintaining a healthy digestion. Need to give it go, ASAP.

  • I’ve never done a juice cleanse before, but I have a juicer that needs put to good use. I haven’t been using it as much in favor of my blender and making smoothies.

  • I have ACV at home that I’ve used at various times for various reasons. I need to try that smoothie – sounds delicious and good for you. I really need a detox after our trip to Asheville…

  • I have never tried ACV in a smoothie… I know it is really good for you and I use to use it as a toner for my skin, it really helped!

  • I only recently started using ACV, though I Was drinking it with lemon and hot water and it made me want to GAG lol. Maybe in a smoothie it’s not as bad?

  • Apple Cider Vinegar is great for so many things. One of my dogs suffered from really bad ear infections. Adding apple cider vinegar to the water in his bowl has really helped a lot.

  • I never thought I would never like an apple cider until I drink my very first. then i get addicted lol

  • This recipe sounds really good. I love apple cider a lot. I also enjoy smoothies. Juice diets come in handy at times.

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