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DIY Homemade Probiotic Lemonade for a Healthier You

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probiotic lemonadeAs the summer approaches, one beverage that people love the most is a glass of fresh lemonade. It not only quenches your thirst, but also provides many health benefits.

It’s best to make homemade lemonade to avoid the high fructose corn syrup and artificial lemon flavoring common in store-bought lemonades.

To give your lemonade a new twist, try a fresh homemade probiotic lemonade. This tangy fermented lemonade has the goodness of probiotics as well as lemons.

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This recipe uses whey, the watery, protein-rich liquid component of yogurt. Whey contains healthy bacteria and enzymes that are essential for a healthy digestive tract. A healthy digestive tract supports a strong immune system and a healthier you.

This fermented drink even cleanses your system to get rid of the bad bacteria that have found their way into your body. It even helps with joint pain, weight control and several other health issues.

Whey is also rich in essential amino acids that support vital biological functions in the body. Other nutrients in whey include potassium, iron, zinc and vitamin B2 or riboflavin.

The other main ingredient in this recipe is lemons, a good source of nutrients like calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron and vitamins A, C and B-complex.

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probiotic lemonade serve

Lemons also contain antibacterial, antiviral and immune-boosting powers to help keep you healthy. They help detox your system and quench your thirst better than water alone.

This drink is easy to make and requires only some basic ingredients and very little work.

How to make healthy and refreshing homemade probiotic lemonade

things you need for probiotic lemonade

Things you’ll need:

  • 2 cups of full fat plain yogurt to make 1 cup of whey
  • Cheese cloth and rubber band/string
  • Sugar – ¾ to 1 cup
  • Lemons – 10 to 12
  • 1 gallon jug
  • Water
  • Lemon squeezer
  • Measuring cup
  • Mixing spoon

Steps

1. Put a clean cheese cloth over a bowl and pour or spoon yogurt over the cloth.

probiotic lemonade step1

2. Tie the cheese cloth tightly with a rubber band or a string and keep the pouch hanging above the bowl. You can keep it hanging on the kitchen counter by a cabinet handle.

probiotic lemonade step 2 tying rubber band

probiotic lemonade tying cheesecloth

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4. Now, wait and allow the whey to collect in the bowl. It will take a few hours, as the whey from the yogurt will drop in the bowl little by little. You need 1 cup of whey for this recipe.

probiotic lemonade step 3 collecting whey

5. Go, use a lemon squeezer to extract the juice from 10 to 12 lemons into a separate bowl.

probiotic lemonade step4 sqeeze lemons

6. Pour the lemon juice into a big jug.

probiotic lemonade step5 add lemon juice

7. Go, add 1 cup of whey, collected from the yogurt, to the jug.

probiotic lemonade step6 add whey

8. Then, add ¾ to 1 cup of sugar.

probiotic lemonade step7 add sugar

9. Optionally, add a little warm water to the jug so that the sugar melts quickly.

probiotic lemonade step8 add warm water

10. Use a spoon to mix all the ingredients thoroughly. You want to evenly distribute the whey and dissolve the sugar.

probiotic lemonade step9 mix

11. Finally, fill the jug with cool, filtered water. You can even use ice-cold water.

probiotic lemonade step10 add water

12. Keep the jar on your kitchen counter at room temperature for 2 to 3 days to allow proper fermentation.

probiotic lemonade put in kitchen

DIY Homemade Probiotic Lemonade for a Healthier You was last modified: April 4th, 2016 by Top10HomeRemedies
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