It seems like every time I go grocery shopping, there’s a new type of probiotic drink being sold there. But if you’re the DIY type—and I’m thinking if you read Hello Glow, you probably are—you can save serious money by making your own fermented probiotic drinks at home. It’s easier than you think (really!) and the best part is, you can customize them with your favorite ingredient combinations.
Kvass! It’s a fun word to say and it’s a serious source of probiotic goodness. Traditionally made by fermenting beets, this version is made with carrots instead.
Orange Ginger Carrot Kvass from Hello Glow
Quite possibly the best recipe for fermentation noobs, you don’t even need to buy a SCOBY for this one—start with premade kombucha, add blueberries and mint, bottle it up and let it go through a secondary fermentation.
Blueberry Mojito Kombucha from Making Thyme for Health
Everyone loves lemonade, but let’s be real: it’s more sugar than anything else. This effervescent fermented version is a little more virtuous, with its healthy dose of good bacteria.
Lacto-Fermented Lemonade from Hello Glow
Did you think kefir only referred to that thick, yogurt-y drink they sell in the dairy section of the grocery store? Me too! But you can make it at home, with water, for a drink that’s similar to kombucha, but without the caffeine and tanginess.
How to Make Water Kefir from Pickles & Honey
Jun is a fizzy, mildly sweet probiotic drink made with green tea and raw honey. This Tibetan brew is referred to as the champagne of kombuchas!
How to Make Jun Tea from Nourished Kitchen
Tepache is a Mexican fermented drink made from pineapple; our version pairs it with plenty of ginger to give it a little kick—and make it fantastic for gut health.
Gingered Tepache from Hello Glow
Are you totally ready to start brewing your own probiotic drinks? Here are some books and equipment to help you get started: