5 Ways to Add Vinegar to Your Diet

Lately, studies have shown that vinegar can aid in digestion, absorption of key nutrients and may even aid in weight loss. So, splash it on! These are tasty additions bring on the flavor while they keep your body humming. These recipe changes use vinegar as a big, bold flavor, so you can shy away from adding fats and salt to your diet.

Vinegar has been shown to increase the body’s ability to absorb calcium. Vinegar is high in acetic acid, calcium’s best friend. Because so many leafy greens are high in calcium, this is an easy way to pair the benefits of acetic acid with calcium rich foods, so your body is likely to absorb it better.

Vinegar has also been shown to effect the way that carbohydrates are digested in your body. Carbohydrates turn into fat quickly, so any aid in that digestion process is a good thing. Try these ways to add vinegar to your food:

1.  Salads

Move over salad dressing! Crumble a little blue cheese on top of your salad (about 1 tbsp) and drizzle apple cider vinegar over the top. The tang from the cheese and  the acidity of the vinegar will beat the flavor of any creamy dressing!

2. Use Vinegar to Marinate

Marinate chicken breasts or pork chops in a combination of 1/4 cup vinegar, 1 tbsp Dijon mustard, 2 cloves minced garlic and spices like oregano, parsley, rosemary, and sage. Add some red pepper flakes if you like it hot, too! To change it up, use different flavors of vinegar, like balsamic, apple cider, red wine or white wine for a completely different flavor of the meat.

3. Sandwiches

So you are planning to forgo the fatty mayo?  Good for you! Adding a sprinkle of vinegar (hold the oil!) will enhance the flavor of the vegetables that you add to your sandwich in leiu of added calories.

4. Add Flavor to Beans

This vegetarian favorite could sometimes use a little spicing up! Combine 3 cans (drained) of different beans and some blanched green beans.  Add in some chopped bell pepper, chopped parsley and onion with your favorite spices, such as parsley and pepper, then pour on 3/4 cup of white or red wine vinegar. Let the combination sit in the refrigerator for at least one hour. The beans will absorb some of the vinegar making a tasty and light side dish, perfect for summer!

5.  Make your Barbecue Island Style

Many Puerto Rican dishes include vinegar in their rubs or marinades for great flavor. Combine equal parts garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, salt and a few dashes of pepper. Combine 2 tbsp of the mixture with 1/4 cup white, red wine or apple cider vinegar to make a caribbean style adobo rub. Rub on chicken, pork or fish and grill. Your guests will be satisfied and impressed!


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