These drinks are better than yogurt simply because they normally contain more friendly bacteria. When choosing a drink look for products that contain
bifidobacteria and lactobacilli, they work better together.
Watch for the amount of sugar though, some drinks are 10-30 percent sugar, which really defeats the purpose of this healthy beverage.
Homemade Drinkable Yogurt
Probiotic beverages like Asda or Goodbelly tend to be expensive, especially if you want to drink one daily.
Here is how you can make your own inexpensive drinkable yogurt. If you are making your own homemade yogurt this quick drinkable snack is only pennies a cup.
Combine 2 cups of any yogurt (low fat, fat-free, sugar free, any kind!) with enough milk to smooth it out and shake a few times.
If you are using plain yogurt, blend in healthy sweetners or fresh fruit to flavor it.
Add more milk to get desired consistency. Serve or store in refrigerator. You can also freeze this drinkable yogurt to make nutritious popsicles.
Other Probiotic-Rich Drinks
- Kefir milk as is or used to make smoothies
- Kefir made from non-dairy drinks like rice, soy, almond or coconut milk
- Kefir soda, kefir ginger ale or lemonade
- Fermented drinks made from whey like orangina, beet kvass and ginger ale. The Nourishing Traditions cookbook
has many of recipes for fermented beverages.
- Drink made from yogurt thinned with milk or water
Making your own probiotic drinks will allow you to avoid any artifical coloring or preservatives. You can also choose a healthier sweetner or fresh fruit instead of sugar.
Using water with kefir grains makes a refreshing beverage that is similiar to soda and can be flavored with ginger, citrus, sassaparrilla or just about
any other flavor you can dream up. Using italian syrups to make an italian soda type drink is delicious, although very sugary.
How to Make Orangina
1 half-gallon canning jar with wide mouth lid
1/4 cup whey
fresh squeezed orange juice from about 12 oranges
2 teaspoons sea salt
1/2 teaspoon real orange extract
Juice oranges and pour the fresh squeezed juice and pulp into the jar. Add the whey, sea salt and orange extract.
Fill up the rest of the jar with filtered water.
Cover jar tightly and leave at room temperature for two days. Transfer to the refrigerator.
In a few days the juice will develop and have a sweet fruity aroma and will be ready to drink.
Strain the pulp out of the juice if you’d like and serve over ice.
Sound’s good huh? Well, try it for yourself and let me know what you think.