Apple Cider Cran-ade

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Sooooooooooo, my apple cider detox plan was to drink 1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar in eight ounces of water three times a day for 1 week.

I managed to do it for one day...

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In all of my research, it said that the best apple cider vinegar to use is the raw-unfiltered kind made by Bragg. It still has the “mother” which is similar to the mother in kombucha.

I found some at a local health food store, but you can also order it online.

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I even made sure to stock up on my pasta straws; one downside I saw to the detox is that highly acidic liquids can cause damage to the enamel on your teeth if you drink too much. So I just wanted to be cautious.

But the truth is, I just hated drinking the concoction so much that I thought this would be a one-time experiment and my days of using apple cider as a healthful tool would be over.

I did not want that, so I pivoted…

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I’ve been on the hunt for new shampoo and I found this one at TJ Maxx.

It smelled delicious and promised to help make my hair shiny, so I gave it a try.

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After two weeks, I’m not noticing a ton of extra shine, but my hair is very soft and feels less dry.

It also has a soft wave without any frizz when it air dries.

Is this because of the apple cider vinegar?

Who knows?!

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I also did a little more research and found out about Bragg Cider beverages, which sounded cool.

However, it’s $36.99 for 8 bottles, so there is an exactly 0% chance that I would buy those.

It did get me thinking though, and so after looking at the ingredients listed on the bottles, I started experimenting with making my own apple cider beverages.

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Lemon, lime, and cranberry were my favorites. But because cranberry juice is so good for my urinary tract, and because I say I want to drink a little every day, using the cranberry in my recipe seemed like the perfect solution.

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It tastes like a really good kombucha or fancy lemonade!

I didn’t have three a day because of the honey, but I did have one a day—usually in the afternoon.

It helped curb my appetite at the hours when I normally find myself snacking on chips!

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In fact, I’m having one as I type up this post!

It’s easy to make, delicious, and probably good for me. Truly, after a week I don’t notice any real difference, but it is a fun drink—and with some “added ingredients,” would probably make a delicious cocktail!

However, a cocktail doesn’t count as a detox, does it...?

 

Apple Cider Cran-ade

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon pure cranberry juice
  • ½ to 1 tablespoon honey
  • 8 ounces carbonated or still water
  • 1 cup ice

Directions:

  1. To a tall pint glass, add the apple cider vinegar, cranberry juice, and honey, and mix until combined.
  2. Add the ice and top with the water. Enjoy immediately!
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