Introducing Coconut Flower Cider Vinegar!

You’ve tried coconut milk, coconut flour and even coconut oil, but have you tried coconut flower cider vinegar?

Coconut vinegar is similar to other fermented vinegars such as apple cider and balsamic vinegars. It is a staple condiment in Southeast Asia, particularly in the Philippines, where it is called suka ng niyog, and is also used in some regions of India.

Coconut vinegar is made by aging and fermenting the sap of the coconut flower, and bottling it as vinegar. It has all the same benefits of apple cider vinegar, but with fewer calories. It’s also slightly sweeter and not quite as pungent as apple cider vinegar.

Coconut vinegar is extremely good for your gut health because of the prebiotics and probiotics. It is also high in potassium, B vitamins, and 17 health-promoting amino acids, which are building blocks for protein and muscle tissue. Plus, like all natural vinegars, the coconut variety also has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, which help fight illness and infections.

You can use coconut vinegar the exact same way you would use apple cider vinegar. Try adding coconut vinegar to your favorite salad dressings, marinades, and sauces for an extra bite. As a morning ritual, practice mixing one tablespoon of coconut vinegar with a tablespoon of water and drinking it on an empty stomach. 

Coconut vinegar even has a place amongst your beauty products.  Brush it into your hair and let sit for 20-30 minutes before rinsing, leaving your locks shiny and soft. For your face, use a cotton ball to pat your already cleansed facial skin with coconut vinegar, which will act as a toner of sorts, killing bacteria and thus preventing acne.

5 Easy Substitutes for Peanut Butter

Peanut allergies are getting increasingly common, especially amongst little ones. But even if your or your child is allergic to nuts, or if there’s a strict no-nut rule for school lunchboxes, it doesn’t mean he or she can’t still enjoy a good sandwich spread like everyone else!

Here are some easy substitutes you can consider.

1. NotNuts Sugar Reduced Butter 

NotNuts Reduced Sugar Butter is made from nutritious pulse grains and is free of nuts, gluten, dairy and soy -- a great peanut butter substitute for anyone with allergies! Its main ingredient is mung beans, which are a good source of protein and dietary fibre, and high in essential minerals.

2. NotNuts Chocolate Spread

Yes, chocolate makes everything better. NotNuts Chocolate Spread has a delicious chocolaty, nutty flavor and a creamy smooth texture – but is made with mung beans instead of nuts, gluten and soy. We think it would be delicious on waffles, pancakes and apple slices too.

3. Sunflower Seed Butter

Try this amazing recipe for homemade extra creamy sunflower seed butter. All you need is roasted sunflower seeds, oil, a pinch of salt and sugar, and a mere ten minutes of your time! It’s so good, you won’t even miss peanut butter! 

4. Tahini

This Middle Eastern staple made of sesame seeds is great on toast and as a dip. It's perfect for those who don't like sugar in their nut butters, and if you prefer something sweeter you can always drizzle some honey or spread a little jam in your sandwich.

5. Hummus

Hearty, healthy hummus is chockfull of protein – giving you lots of energy to get through your day! This chickpea-based recipe is super easy to make. Just give the ingredients a whir in your food processor and season to taste. 

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