Special Christmas Gift Ideas…

Vinegars can be a key component of any athlete’s diet and are an underutilized food source.

We all know we should be eating more salad and an oil and vinegar dressing has many nutritional benefits.

Vinegar, although acid in nature, has an alkalising effect on the body – great as the typical Western diet is very acid forming.

Another way to incorporate fruit vinegars into your diet is as a refreshing drink – use them as you would use orange squash. Add a few ice cubes and you’ve got an amazingly refreshing drink. You can even drizzle a fruit vinegar over strawberries or natural yoghurt as a delicious snack or pudding.

Making vinegar with berries like raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries is an innovative new way of enjoying their flavours and nutritional benefits.

I really like Bragg’s raw, organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar. Google it it’s excellent for salad dressings.

Ingredients

500g raspberries
500ml apple cider vinegar
60g granulated sugar (or stevia) or a sugar substitute like xylitol

Method

1. Squash your summer fruits with the back of a fork in a glass or bowl. Pour the vinegar over and leave in a sealed air tight container for two to seven days, depending on the strength of flavour you prefer. Give it an occasional stir.

2. After letting your vinegar steep, drain through muslin for two hours, or overnight.

3. Add the sugar to the liquid and bring to the boil for ten minutes. For a low carb version, leave the sugar out and add some Stevia after boiling.

4. Pour into sterilized bottles and the vinegar will last for 12 months unopened. It makes a unique present at Christmas time too.

The other gift I often make for people at Christmas is a home-made chili oil. It’s really easy to make, get a high quality olive oil and some dried chilis. I get a few varieties to add depth of flavour,  buy an air tight container and fill with the oil and chilis – make a simple label, like Matt’s hot sauce…. simple and delicious. If you brew early enough it’ll have a bit of flavour by the New Year.

 

About Matt Lovell

A sports nutritionist and brand ambassador for Kinetica Sports. Matt also runs his own elite performance based company called Perform and Function.

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