Probiotics are becoming all the rage right now. And as they should. Probiotic lemonade is only one of the many probiotics that are super easy to make and much cheaper to make at home than buy in a bottle.
What are the benefits of probiotics?
There are many documented benefits to probiotics but here are just a few for you:
Boosting immune system.
Preventing and treating urinary tract infections.
Improving digestive function.
Healing inflammatory bowel conditions like IBS
Managing and preventing eczema in children.
Fighting food-borne illnesses.
Can’t we just Buy Probiotic Capsules?
While you can just use purchased capsules, and they are definitely better than nothing, There are some compelling reasons to make your own probiotics at home.
Homemade sauerkraut has more probiotics in a teaspoon of juice than a whole bottle of bought probiotic capsules. THAT is impressive.
Homemade kombucha cost about 1/20th or less than the bought stuff, and the un-refrigerated stuff at home is probably better for you than the cold-stored bought stuff!
Also, nothing is more refreshing than cool, slightly tart, bubbly lemonade on a hot day!
Even my kids have given this one the big thumbs up.
Now before you complain – yes this recipe contains sugar. BUT the sugar is not for you. It is for the beneficial bacteria. The longer you leave this in it’s first ferment, the less sugar there will be for you to consume.
You can use sugar alternatives like honey or maple syrup, but it must be actual sugar, not (gross) artificial sweetners, as you will kill the bacteria.
This recipe calls for some active probiotics. There are several things you can use for this. Yes, one of them is juice from fresh, active sauerkraut!
Probiotic starter options for lemonade
You will need 1/2C of ACTIVE starter – it needs to be fresh and preferably not refrigerated yet, as it slows it down and kills off the lactobacteria.
- Strain some fresh yogurt in a cloth or tea towel over a bowl, the resulting whey will be full of lactobateria.
- Use some juice from a fresh batch of sauerkraut – strain the juice off some before you eat it. Be aware that any spices you add will affect the flavor of the lemonade.
- Water kefir or kombucha can be used as a starter.
- Whey strained off naturally soured raw milk (the same technique as the yogurt.
- Homemade gingerbeer or lemonade from another batch
Whey from making cheese will not work as the bacteria in it need warmth to grow.
If you do not have any of these things then you can add the contents of 2-3 capsules of your favorite probiotic to 1/2 a cup of luke warm water. Stir to dissolve them.
Fizzy and Delicious Probiotic Lemonade Recipe
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