DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Power Shots

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These DIY apple cider vinegar power shots are a nutrient powerhouse! They make perfect DIY gifts and are a must-have to store in your fridge. They’re sugar-free and are easy to make at home!

DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Power Shots

Health enthusiasts love apple cider vinegar. And what’s not to love? Taking shots of apple cider vinegar has been popular for quite some time and is only continuing to grow in popularity as it picks up on social media. So why not make it a fun DIY gift, and add some extra flavor with these DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Power Shots?!

These apple cider vinegar power shots make the perfect little gift for that health enthusiast in your life. Maybe your sister is new to a healthy diet, maybe your work bestie is a runner, or maybe you want to give a little gift to your yoga teacher? Whoever it is, they’ll love these cute and customizable little shots!

But these shots can be so much more than just a one time gift. They’re an all-around great recipe to make for yourself any time of year to experience the myriad of benefits of apple cider vinegar! So, what are they?

ACV Power Shots

 

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

It’s a fermented food rich with probiotics!

ACV is fermented, thus is has probiotic benefits that help feed your good gut bacteria.

It supports digestion.

Taking one of these shots in water before a meal can help boost your gastric juices which allows you to better absorb nutrients from your food.

It has many topical benefits.

This particular recipe is for consumption, but ACV has tons of topical uses as well. It works great as a toner for your skin, and I use it to remove product build up from my hair with this ACV hair wash!

 

Very Important… You Must Dilute These Shots in Water!

This is a very important note about these shots, and every ACV shot… YOU MUST DILUTE IT. You cannot take ACV straight or it will burn your esophagus and cause inflammation.

These shots are a bit more diluted as they’re flavored with other juices and not just straight ACV, however, they still need to be diluted. You can make it nice and fancy with sparkling water, or keep it simple with still water.

Now that that’s out of the way… let’s talk about the flavors of these shots!

 

The Flavors of These Shots…

These DIY ACV shots are not just straight ACV! They’re flavored with other fruits and spices to add more flavor and nutrients!  While fruit juice in excess isn’t necessarily a health food, these shots only feature a few tablespoons of fresh juice and no added sugar.

ACV power shots

From left to right in the photo above…

  • Orange Cranberry. A classic flavor combination for this time of year!
  • Orange Turmeric Ginger. Turmeric and ginger are anti-inflammatory powerhouses that pair perfectly with the benefits of ACV.
  • Pomegranate Lemon. Pomegranate juice is super nutrient dense and antioxidant rich. The lemon flavor pairs well with the pomegranate and ACV.
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DIY Gift Apple Cider Vinger Shots


  • Author: Michelle
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 1 shot
  • Category: Drink
  • Cuisine: Global

Description

These DIY apple cider vinegar power shots are a nutrient powerhouse! They make perfect DIY gifts and are a must-have to store in your fridge. They’re sugar-free and are easy to make at home!


Ingredients

For the orange turmeric ginger

  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tbsp orange juice
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp ginger powder
  • Pinch of black pepper (omit for AIP)

For the orange cranberry

  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 tbsp cranberry juice

For the pomegranate lemon

  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp pomegranate juice

To serve

  • 6-8 oz water

Instructions

  1. Combine the ingredients in a small glass jar with a lid (like this). Scale the recipe up to fill multiple jars.
  2. Store in the fridge and save for yourself or gift to friends.
  3. Important – you must dilute each shot in 6-8 oz of regular water or sparkling water!

Keywords: apple cider vinegar shot, acv shot

DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Power Shots

Sparkling Cranberry Mocktail (Paleo, AIP, Non-Alcoholic)

This sparkling cranberry mocktail is a non-alcoholic seasonal drink that everyone will love! It’s paleo, AIP, and kid-friendly.

sparkling cranberry mocktail

Mocktails are underrated. If you’re abstaining from alcohol, or can’t drink for health reasons mocktails are just so much more fun than just drinking water! I mean, we’ve come a long way with all of the great sparkling water options on the market that are incredibly tasty and convenient, but making your own really gives you a lot of control and impresses your party guests to boot!

This sparkling cranberry mocktail is perfect for the holidays season. It’s festive, delicious, and is really quite simple and hands off to make. You can scale the recipe up or down depending on how many party guests you have, and both kids and adults will like it! I loved having a fun, fancy drink as a kid and this is perfect for that.

But let’s be real… if you can tolerate a bit of alcohol and want to add a little shot of vodka or something like that to this drink, it will totally work!

sparking cranberry mocktail

The Ingredients You’ll Need

Fresh cranberries

You can likely use frozen cranberries as well but be sure to adjust the liquid as needed.

Fresh mint

The flavor is subtle but it really adds some nice flavor.

Honey

Technically, you can use another sweetener or just leave it out all alogether.

Fresh Lime

Just a little bit of lime adds some nice acid and flavor to the drink.

Sparkling water

Any unflavored sparkling water you have will work!

cranberry mocktail

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Sparkling Cranberry Mocktail


  • Author: Michelle
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh cranberry
  • 2 tbsp fresh mint
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 cup fresh water
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 14-16 oz of sparkling water

Instructions

  1. Using a medium-sized sauce pot, combine the cranberries, mint, honey, and 1 cup of fresh water. Stir to combine and increase the heat to a low simmer. Stir often for 10-12 minutes until the cranberries all pop and the mixture reduces. Allow cooling for 10-15 minutes until the mixture is cooled to the touch.
  2. Use a nut milk bag or cheesecloth to strain the cranberry mixture. You should have about 1/2 cup.
  3. Divide the mixture between two glasses and add the lime juice and sparkling water to each glass.
  4. Mix well and add fresh mint to serve if desired. Serve immediately.

cranberry mocktail

Frozen Pink Lemonade (Paleo, AIP, Refined Sugar Free)

This frozen pink lemonade is perfect for summer! It’s refreshing, creamy, and just the right amount of sweet and sour. It’s totally Paleo, AIP and free of refined sugar.

The only thing better than a refreshing lemonade on a hot summer day is pink lemonade! It was one of my summertime go-to’s as a kid, and I always wondered how the heck they made it pink. The lemonade I was drinking was likely made pink from food dyes, so how the heck do you do it naturally without taking away from that sweet and sour flavor of lemonade? This frozen pink lemonade does just that!

This lemonade isn’t like a slushie with all ice. Rather, it’s creamy with coconut cream which makes it makes it more like a milkshake. When it comes to frozen drinks, the creamier the better!

The Ingredients

Fresh lemon juice

Fresh lemon juice works much better for lemonade than the stuff you get in a bottle! I recommend juicing fresh lemons either by hand or with a lemon juicer and chilling it in the fridge.

Cranberry juice

This is how you actually make pink lemonade! Not artificial food dyes, but cranberry juice.

Frozen strawberries

Strawberries add a bit more creaminess to the frozen lemonade and make it sweeter.

Coconut cream

Coconut cream makes this lemonade nice and creamy! You can place 2 cans of coconut cream in the fridge overnight and use the hardened cream, or you can use this which I prefer!

Honey

Just a bit of natural sweetener! You can also sub maple syrup here.

Frozen Pink Lemonade

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Frozen Pink Lemonade (Paleo, AIP, Refined Sugar Free)


  • Author: Michelle
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 2 drinks
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 2 tbsp honey (sub maple syrup)
  • 1 cup coconut cream (this or the cream hardened from 1-2 cans of coconut milk left in the fridge overnight)
  • 2 1/2 cups crushed ice

Instructions

  1. Using a high-speed blender (like a vitamix) blend the lemon juice, cranberry juice, and frozen strawberries until fully incorporated.
  2. Add the honey, coconut cream, and ice and blend for 20-30 seconds or until creamy.
  3. Spoon the drink into two drinking glasses and serve immediately.

Notes

Chill all of the ingredients to ensure that the frozen lemonade stays cold!

Keywords: lemonade, pink lemonade

Ginger & Fruit Anti-inflammatory Infused Water

This anti-inflammatory fruit and ginger infused water is the perfect homemade refresher. It’s made with ginger, watermelon, and tons of other fruits and veggies that feature added health benefits.

Summertime is here along with picnics, BBQ’s, and dinners on the patio with friends. With high temperatures and warm sunlight, these summer gatherings always feature tons of icy cold beverages. Beer, lemonade, soda, you name it, and the problem is that it’s anything but hydrating and healthy. These classic summertime drinks can dehydrate our body further, and send our blood sugar soaring. I don’t know about you, but joint pain, headaches, and feeling hangry is not the way I want to spend my day at the pool.

But let’s face it, sitting at an outdoor gathering with just a cup of water can feel a little bland. That’s why I’m sharing this yummy infused water recipe! It’s a beautiful and flavorful alternative to a cold soda that features a myriad of health benefits.

The Health Benefits Of This Ginger & Fruit Infused Water

So, what’s the big deal? Why is this water that much better than a sugary lemonade? Here are just a few reasons why this anti-inflammatory water is a great choice for summer.

Hydration from water is key to health.

Nothing hydrates us like water does, and drinks like beer, soda, and coffee can actually dehydrate us. Our body needs to stay hydrated to lubricate our joints, support natural detox, and to carry nutrients throughout the body. Dehydration is a serious issue, and we need to stay hydrated to stay healthy and ward off inflammation.

The ginger in this water is a powerhouse ingredient.

What makes this water especially unique is the grated ginger. Not only does it give it a little spicy kick, but ginger is known to naturally support good digestion and be anti-inflammatory!

It’s naturally sweetened with whole fruit slices.

Sugar is public enemy number one in the health world these days, and in reality, it’s not wasted energy to be blaming a lot of issues on sugar. Added sugar in something like a lemonade or a soda can spike up our blood sugar, which throws off our hormone balance, stress response and tons of other processes in the body. Though you may feel a sugar boost to start, you’ll feel depleted and cranky once it wears off.

Unlike other drinks you’d find in the chest cooler at a picnic, this water has zero added sugar. The only sweetness comes from the whole fruit slices! Not only do these fruits taste amazing, but some of the fruits like the strawberries contain powerful antioxidants that fight inflammation.

The Ingredients You’ll Need

Fresh water

 

Watermelon and strawberries

These add a nice sweetness to the water. You can also use other fruits like peach or mango.

Lemon

The lemon adds a light flavor to the water.

Cucumber

Ginger

Ginger is the star anti-inflammatory ingredient here. Since it’s a bit spicy, you may have to scale the amount up or down depending on your tastes. I think 1″ of ginger works great, but you can easily double it.

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Fruit & Ginger Anti-inflammatory Infused Water


  • Author: Michelle
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 32 oz fresh, filtered water
  • 2 cups watermelon, cubed
  • 2 cups cucumber, sliced
  • 1 cup strawberries, halved
  • 2 lemons, sliced
  • 1″-1.5″ ginger, grated

Instructions

  1. Add in all of the fruits, cucumber, and ginger to a large pitcher.
  2. Pour the water over the fruit and mix well.
  3. Allow chilling in the fridge for 2-4 hours before serving.
  4. Mix well and serve with a large ladle or spoon to scoop out the fruit and ginger into glasses. Add ice if needed.

Anti-inflammatory Iced Golden Milk Turmeric Latte (Paleo, AIP, Vegan)

This iced turmeric golden milk latte is the perfect anti-inflammatory drink! It’s paleo, AIP, and vegan.

Anti-inflammatory Iced Golden Milk Turmeric Latte (Paleo, AIP, Vegan)

Turmeric is one of my all-time favorite ingredients! It has amazing flavor, beautiful color, and incredible anti-inflammatory qualities. I use it in soups, salad dressings, and of course, drinks. Hot turmeric tea is one of my secret weapon flu busters, and iced turmeric lattes are the perfect summertime drink.

The golden and orange color of turmeric is absolutely gorgeous, which is why it’s often referred to as golden milk. The vibrant color makes this such a fun drink to make and serve. It gives off serious trendy coffee shop vibes, but is easily made at home, and is totally caffeine free.

Anti-inflammatory Iced Golden Milk Turmeric Latte (Paleo, AIP, Vegan)This iced turmeric golden milk latte is the perfect anti-inflammatory drink! It's paleo, AIP, and vegan

The Ingredients You Need To Make This Anti-inflammatory Iced Golden Milk Turmeric Latte

Almond Milk

Almond milk from MALK is what I always use for my lattes, but you can also use coconut milk.

Turmeric

Turmeric is the star ingredient in this latte, and for good reason! Turmeric is a powerhouse spice used in Ayurvedic cooking for thousands of years and is known the have the following benefits…

  • Supports immune health
  • Aids in anti-inflammation
  • Eases joint inflammation
  • Increases the antioxidant count in the body
  • Supports the health of the liver
  • Benefits of autoimmune healing (especially rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Supports anti-aging
  • and more!

It’s important to remember that turmeric needs to be paired with black pepper to increase the absorption. This can be omitted for AIP, but it’s preferable to keep it in. Just a pinch doesn’t make the drink taste peppery.


Anti-inflammatory Iced Golden Milk Turmeric Latte (Paleo, AIP, Vegan)

And a quick turmeric tip! If you find yourself staining anything in the process of making this drink, remember that turmeric is photosensitive. You can leave anything that gets stained in direct sunlight for several hours to help wash the stain away.  It’s a good trick to know when you’re making this turmeric latte several times a week.

Ginger

Ginger gives the drink a bit of a kick.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon pairs very well with turmeric and adds some sweet undertones to the drink.

Vanilla extract (or vanilla bean powder)

This adds more of that trendy coffee shop flavor to the drink. Vanilla bean powder needs to be used for AIP.

Maple syrup

This drink has a lot of strong flavors, so maple syrup helps sweeten it. You can leave it out if you’d rather have it unsweetened, but I highly recommend it.

Anti-inflammatory Iced Golden Milk Turmeric Latte (Paleo, AIP, Vegan)

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Anti-inflammatory Iced Golden Milk Turmeric Latte (Paleo, AIP, Vegan)


  • Author: Michelle
  • Yield: 2 drinks
  • Category: drink

Description

This iced turmeric golden milk latte is the perfect anti-inflammatory drink! It’s paleo, AIP, and vegan.


Ingredients

  • 2.5 – 3 cups almond milk (sub coconut milk for AIP)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1.5 – 2 tsp turmeric powder (use less if you’re still wary of the turmeric flavor)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract (sub vanilla bean powder for AIP)
  • Pinch of black pepper (omit for AIP)

Instructions

  1. Fill two 8 oz glasses about one-third of the way with ice, and add 1/4 cup of milk to each glass.
  2. Using a blender, blend the remainder of the milk with the maple syrup, vanilla, and spices for 5-10 seconds or until evenly combined.
  3. Pour the blended turmeric mixture over the ice (this creates the pretty marbled look when you pour!), stir, and serve cold.

Keywords: turmeric, latte, anti-inflammatory

How Often Should You Drink This To See Anti-inflammatory Benefits?

Every one is different, but drinking this a few times a week (and even daily if you’d like) is a great way to add some anti-inflammatory turmeric love to your life. I’ve noticed it help with my overall inflammation, and it’s incredible for emergency spot treatment like busting a cold or allergies.

If you’d rather mix it up, check out these recipes for more!

Anti-inflammatory Iced Golden Milk Turmeric Latte (Paleo, AIP, Vegan)

Watermelon Lemonade Mocktail (Paleo, AIP, Refined Sugar Free)

This watermelon lemonade mocktail is the perfect summertime refresher to serve at brunch or on a warm afternoon! It’s paleo, AIP, and free of refined sugar.

Watermelon Lemonade Mocktail

After I transitioned to a real food diet, fun drinks kind of fell by the wayside. So much focus is given on making recipes from scratch, that we don’t really venture outside of a smoothie here and there. With summer coming up, and with Mother’s Day Brunches coming up, I wanted to make a fun mocktail style drink that everyone will love!

This watermelon lemonade mocktail is so easy to make, and it tastes absolutely heavenly! It’s the perfect combination of refreshing and sweet without any refined sugar.

The Ingredients You’ll Need

Watermelon

Using a seedless watermelon would be best, but you can always run in through a strainer!

Strawberries

 

Lemon Juice

You can use fresh lemon juice or a high quality bottled lemon juice.

Honey & mint

These could technically be left out, but it really adds to the overall flavor!

Water & ice

Watermelon Lemonade Mocktail

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Watermelon Lemonade Mocktail


  • Author: Michelle
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 4-5 glasses

Ingredients

  • 3 cups watermelon
  • 1 cup strawberries, tops removed
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1-2 tbsp fresh mint
  • 5 cups crushed ice

Instructions

  1. Using a high-speed blender, combine the watermelon, strawberries, lemon juice, water, honey, and mint. Blend until well combined. The mixture will be a liquid. Use a strainer or cheesecloth to remove any seeds in necessary.
  2. Pour in the crushed ice and blend for 10-20 seconds and until well mixed.
  3. Drink immediately and with watermelon slice and mint for garnish.

Watermelon Lemonade Mocktail (Paleo, AIP, Refined Sugar Free)