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We’ve tried all kinds of supplements in our ongoing quest for eternal youth, boundless energy, and dewy skin. Some — like acaí berries and chocolate muscle recovery shakes — are just plain delicious. But others? Not so much. Here are five supplements that aren’t exactly mouthwatering — and our helpful, healthful hacks for making them go down easier.
Apple Cider Vinegar
What it is: A tart vinegar made from fermented apples.
How it tastes: Bitter, sour, and super-intense, the taste of apple cider vinegar is even more pungent than the smell. If you try to throw back an undiluted shot, you’ll feel like you’re breathing fire.
How to make it tastier: Mix 1 ounce of ACV with lemon juice, a splash of lemonade, and seltzer water. Add a handful of ice and you’ve got a refreshing drink with a sour kick.
Adaptogenic Mushroom Powder
What it is: A blend of mushrooms — including Lion’s Mane, Reishi, and Chaga — that have been dried and ground into powder.
How it tastes: This Ayurvedic remedy has an earthy flavor — which means that, to some people, it tastes a bit like dirt. And even if you love mushrooms, you may not be keen on the idea of sipping a mushroom-flavored beverage.
How to make it tastier: Use a milk frother to combine a teaspoon of mushroom with almond milk, and sprinkle cinnamon on top. Voilà — a yummy latte.
What it is: A protein extracted from the bones and connective tissue of dead animals — need we say more?
How it tastes: It depends on who you ask. Some people say they can’t even taste collagen when it’s mixed into a glass of water, but we have to wonder if those people have taste buds. Others say it has an unpleasant meaty or fishy flavor.
How to make it tastier: Mix with matcha, almond milk, stevia, and a pinch of turmeric for a tasty green tea latte that masks any weird flavor. (You can even save a step and buy a matcha collagen combo.)
What it is: A nutrient-packed blue-green algae.
How it tastes: Spirulina can have a slightly sulfuric veggie flavor, sort of like old seaweed.
How to make it tastier: Mix it into a green smoothie. Blend a tablespoon of spirulina with bananas, spinach, cucumber, coconut water, and strawberries for a super-refreshing summer treat.
What it is: A blend of pollen, honey, wax, and bee saliva.
How it tastes: Bee pollen is mostly bitter, with a hint of sweetness and a rough, crunchy texture. It’s not terrible, but it can be hard to get past the whole “bee saliva” thing.
How to make it tastier: Disguise the texture of bee pollen by mixing it into an acaí bowl along with granola, bananas, and a drizzle of raw honey.