Most people who know me, understand that I am a bit of a freak when it comes to nutrition. I believe in eating whole foods as much as possible, live a vegan(sometimes slipping to vegetarian) lifestyle and love to be active. I rarely get sick and only believe in taking vitamins and supplements when my body feels it needs them. That being said, there is one supplement that I add to my diet on an almost daily basis, and that is Fire Cider (http://www.firecider.com/), a local product from right here in the Berkshires.
Fire Cider is a tonic that’s an all-natural blend of apple cider vinegar and honey, mixed with other herbs and spices. Although mixes like this have been around for a long time, this is the first blend that I have found to be the perfect mix of ingredients. The taste of Fire Cider will surprise you at first with its bite, but as the magical warmness heads down to your belly, you will find yourself enjoying it, and looking forward to your next dose of it. It is sold in bottles of various sizes (even a gallon jug size!), and can be found in stores, locally and around the country, and also online. They have a hugely supportive following, from all of the customers who believe(and rightfully so!) in the product.
I usually don’t buy products that I can make similarly at home, but I truly believe that there is something special in the Shire City Fire Cider, that keeps me healthier than the home made version, so this is one natural product that I always buy rather than try to make. It has seen my kids and I through a couple of winters now, where people to the left and right of us were falling prey to illness. We haven’t had a cold in over two years now, and I attribute at least some of that to this wonderful tonic. My kids will drink a shot of it like it’s candy, sometimes shocking their less daring friends. They really enjoy it on its own or when I add it to a recipe, and I feel good about giving it to them.
It can be added to salad dressings, or you can cook it into a wonderful glaze for meats and vegetables. I have seen some great looking drinks made from it, and pretty sure that you can add it to just about anything that you would use other vinegars for in a recipe. It brightens the taste of my salads wonderfully, and that is where I usually find myself using it, when not drinking it straight from the bottle( well, we actually use little shot glasses). I feel that this keeps it at its most natural and nutritious state. However you choose to enjoy your Fire Cider, it will most likely become a staple in your house, like it is in ours. Enjoy and keep healthy!
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