With all the excitement of the holidays, the last thing you need slowing you down is an illness. Unfortunately, we're in the midst of cold/flu season and additional stress from the holiday season can weaken the immune system. Stay healthy by drinking lots of fluids, getting enough Vitamin C, and getting at least 8 hours of sleep every night. You can also boost your immune system and alleviate cold symptoms with apple cider vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar works to keep pH levels in the body balanced, preventing germs from getting cozy in your nose and chest. Apple cider vinegar can also fight sinus infections, give you more energy, and improve digestion.
The benefits of apple cider vinegar remain no matter how it is consumed, so choose the way that fits best into your lifestyle. Some people prefer drinking a tablespoon of it every day. Some people enjoy mixing it into their morning tea, along with some honey. My favorite way to consume apple cider vinegar is by mixing it into a salad dressing and enjoying the additional nutrients I get from all the vegetables.
One of my favorite salads this time of year is a Raspberry Avocado Spinach Salad with a Raspberry Vinaigrette. The acidity of the apple cider vinegar perfectly balances the sweetness of the raspberries for a crisp, refreshing treat.
Raspberry Avocado Spinach Salad
- 6 cups fresh baby spinach
- 1 pint raspberries
- 1 avocado, diced
- 4 ounces crumbled gorgonzola or goat cheese
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
- half a small red onion, thinly sliced (optional)
- raspberry vinaigrette(recipe below)
Toss all ingredients together with your desired amount of dressing until combined. Serve immediately.
- ½ cup raspberries or 1 TBSP raspberry preserves
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Adjust honey to taste.
Enjoy and please drink some apple cider vinegar for your health today!!