Coconut Vinegar – Why is it good for you? And Elixir Shot Recipe!

Coconut Vinegar – Why is it good for you? And Elixir Shot Recipe!

The superfood of 2018, discover why it is actually SO good for you and how you can use it in the kitchen for an elixir shot recipe.

I have started using gre3n coconut vinegar about 6 months ago and fell in love with it right away! Before, my only way to go for detoxing my body or fixing my gut was using apple cider vinegar, which is, with no doubt, a fantastic ingredient to use in the kitchen. However since coconut vinegar has a milder taste, it may be (depending on the recipe) preferable to apple cider vinegar, which is more acidic. I enjoy coconut vinegar on its own, or added it to salad dressings, marinades, sauces, and soups to give my meals extra sweetness.

Coconut vinegar is similar to other fermented vinegars such as apple cider and balsamic. It can either be made with coconut water/milk or from the sap, or “tuba,” of the coconut tree. As with apple cider vinegar, coconut vinegar includes the “mother,” or culture of organisms that caused the fermentation.

Now why using it, you might be asking. Here are the top 5 reasons:

1. It is low on the glycemic index

When you eat a high-carb meal, it can flood your body with sugar. By taking a shot of coconut vinegar before you eat, you can help your body’s insulin pull out the sugar more efficiently. Like apple cider vinegar, coconut vinegar is low on the glycemic index and contains acetic acid, which can help properly regulate your blood sugar.

2. Immunity boosting

 Coconut vinegar is filled with potassium, iron, zinc, and calcium. Since it’s so rich in nutrients, it can help naturally boost your immune system and fight off illnesses. Taking a shot of coconut vinegar regularly during cold and flu season may help you avoid catching a cold.

3. Rich in probiotics

Since coconut is naturally fermented for eight months to a year, it is a natural source of probiotics, necessary for your gut health and glowing skin.



4. High in amino acids

Coconut sap contains all 9 essential amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein, although there are only trace amounts of methionine present. The sap also contains 8 non-essential amino acids. Proteins are part of every living cell in your body. Some amino acids play a part in repairing tissue, while others serve as neurotransmitters, transmitting messages within the brain, and some are even utilized in detoxification and metabolic functions.

5. Dexofying power!

Use it not only in the kitchen but also as an all-natural hair detox, disinfect your fruit with it, make your own face cleanser, and add it to soups to give it a sweet depth of flavor.

During my annual “detox holiday” in thailand, I am daily given an elixir shot. One of my favorite is the Tamarind ginger one.

Tamarind is a delicious, sweet, and sour fruit that has a wide variety of uses, both for medicinal and culinary purposes. It is a medium-sized bushy tree with evergreen leaves and a fruit that develops in pods characterized by long, brown shells. Inside is a sticky, fleshy, juicy pulp, which is the tamarind fruit. This is where the nutrition and taste reside! It improve digestion, it is effective in reducing blood pressure and cholesterol, it is a very good source of iron which improves your blood circulation, it improves nerve functions as it is high in vitamin B, and it helps suppress the appetite and lose weight!

Now, after all the “binging” and “indulging” of the Christmas and New year celebration, a bit of detox is very much needed. Start your day with a shot of this super tasty elixir. The benefits of tamarind and coconut vinegar will help you improve your overall health.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of tamarind pulp
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, chopped
  • 2 tbsp lime or lemon
  • 1 tbsp coconut vinegar
  • 2 cups of water

That’s all you need, yes!

Place all the ingredients into a blender and process until smooth

Strain the juice through a fine strainer to remove any chunks of ginger or tamarind

Place in a jar and refrigerate for up to 1 week!

Have a shot every morning

or more shots throughout the day 🙂

Love

-Dani

 

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