It seems like every health and fitness guru is touting the benefits of apple cider vinegar (ACV) drinks these days. I’ve heard that ACV can treat acne, whiten teeth, increase weight loss, and even cure colds and allergies! While the evidence is still sparse surrounding most of the purported health benefits of ACV, there are a few studies that have shown it to be beneficial for weight loss. This is because ACV increases feelings of satiety when consumed after a meal by slowing the rate at which food is passed from your stomach into your intestines. This keeps you feeling fuller for longer, thereby reducing the amount of calories you consume in total throughout the day.
While I choose to manage my weight with a nutrient-dense, real food diet and plenty of movement, there’s little harm in consuming an ACV drink once in awhile for a bit of a “boost”. Mostly, I just think ACV drinks are refreshing! I picked up one at my local grocery store recently that was made of ACV and lime, sweetened with stevia. It was delicious! But it was also $4 a bottle. Womp, womp. So, I set out to make it at home. Not only did I succeed, I think I made it even better! This version is bubbly and delightful. The lime juice prevents the drink from tasting too vinegary and it’s calorie-free too! I decided to call it a spritzer to make it feel extra-fancy. 😉
Easy and Delicious Lime ACV Spritzer
- 2 T lime juice (fresh-squeezed is best, but bottled will do in a pinch)
- 1 T ACV
- 1 packet stevia (or more, depending on your preference)
- 12 oz seltzer water
Stir together the lime juice, ACV and stevia in the bottom of a glass until all of the stevia dissolves. Top with seltzer water. Enjoy!
P.S.- Do you consume ACV regularly? Have you noticed any benefits? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!