Fermented foods have long been an important part of the diet. Fermenting was a way to store foods for a long period without the need for refrigeration. And the bright, tangy flavors of fermented foods were an inviting addition to meals before the days when we could go down to the grocery store and buy any spice or herb we wanted. But somewhere along the line, fermented foods became less popular. Dishes like sauerkraut and pickled vegetables became almost quaint and were served as small side dishes if at all.
Fortunately, fermentation is back! The rise in interest in home pickling and foods such as kombucha and tempeh have introduced a whole new generation to the health benefits of fermented foods. But you don’t have to fill your kitchen with hard-to-pronounce and, let’s face it, pungent foods to get the probiotic boost these foods provide.
Coconut Cider Vinegar to the Rescue
Coconut cider vinegar is similar to apple cider vinegar, but with a sweeter taste and more amino acids. A high-quality coconut vinegar that adds no yeast or sugar during the fermentation process is recommended. With one bottle you can help improve digestion, strengthen your immune system and make many everyday recipes even better. Here are our top 5 suggestions for incorporating this natural wonder into your diet:
- Use coconut cider vinegar in your favorite homemade salad dressing
- Make a quick version of “buttermilk” by adding a tablespoon of coconut cider vinegar to 1 cup of dairy or nut milk. Perfect for making pancakes, cornbread or biscuits
- Take a spoonful as a supplement before meals to help digestion
- Drizzle a spoonful over rich soups or stews just before serving. The vinegar will add complexity to the flavor and prevent any digestion problems
- Trying to cut down on caffeine? Replace your morning coffee with a cup of hot water with a tablespoon of coconut cider vinegar and a teaspoon of raw honey. A sweet and sour, delicious eye opener
Coconut cider vinegar can be used as a replacement anywhere you might use apple, rice, champagne or white vinegar. The taste is clean and tangy with slightly tropical hint of coconut. Once they’ve tried it, many people prefer coconut vinegar to other types.
However you incorporate it into your diet, adding this important fermented food may boost your health in many ways. Fermented foods are nature’s way of reintroducing helpful bacteria into the gut while also giving you something tasty to eat. That sounds like a win-win proposition to us!