“Whey”monade, a healthy and refreshing drink {recipe}

It must be the flirting our weather is doing with spring that makes me crave the refreshing drinks of summer. Or the fact that I am So. Over. Winter.

Yea, maybe it’s that.

I really just want to sit outside with a good book while I sip some lemonade and let the kids play in the mud. Though usually the thought of lemonade makes me cringe as it’s so full of sugar!

But lemonade can be a healthy treat all year round as well, and can even contain some protein, minerals, and be probiotic.

Last winter I was able to go to the cheese making class that my friend Betsy, from Green Pastures Dairy in Coopersville, taught. And during the class someone asked what in the world do you do with all the extra whey after making mozzarella. Come to find out, you can make some pretty delicious lemonade from it.

If you use whey strained from yogurt or kefir, it will also contain probiotic benefits. When it comes from making mozzarella, it will have been heated, so no probiotics, but still plenty of nutrient content.

I make this and just go by taste, as the taste of the whey always seems to vary from batch to batch.

healthy lemonade

"Whey"monade, a healthy and refreshing drink {recipe}
Recipe type: Beverages
  • 1 quart whey (from kefir, yogurt, or cheesemaking)
  • 1-2 lemons
  • 2 Tablespoons honey (or to taste)
Method of Preparation
  1. Let the whey warm to room temperature (or let it cool to room temperature after cheese making).
  2. Add the juice of the lemon and the honey. Stir to combine.
  3. Chill and drink.
If you use whey from kefir or yogurt, you can also add up to 2 quarts of water with the juice of an additional 4-6 lemons and let it sit out on the counter overnight.

I love being able to give my family something I know they’ll love, but that will also nourish their bodies, especially the little ones that are still growing.

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Donielle is a natural momma of two, lover of real foods, and owner and editor of Grand Rapids Natural Living and Naturally Knocked Up. You can usually find her in the kitchen whipping up some nourishing foods, cuddled on the couch reading books to the littles, avoiding the laundry and Mt. Saint Dishes, or tapping away on the laptop. Her husband puts up with her sometimes crazy "hippie" ways, but loves her regardless. Welcome to my home away from home.