While my first yogurt-making experience was disastrous, I did end up with some yummy results, and as an added bonus, two pints of whey! Whey is the liquid that surrounds yogurt after it has cultured. Whey possesses multiple health benefits: it provides minerals like calcium and magnesium, it is helpful in hydrating the body, and it helps the gut regenerate healthy flora.
I read somewhere that Indians use whey to make a refreshing drink, using tea and spices like cardamom. The smell and flavor of whey is quite sour and not very appetizing to me, but when mixed in the right fashion, I found an iced tea recipe that reminded me of the lemony refresher I enjoy often in the summer.
Lemony Iced Tea with Whey
- 8 oz brewed and cooled chai rooibos tea
- 1 oz yogurt whey
- juice of ½ lemon
- 1-2 Tablespoons maple syrup
- handful of ice
- Be sure that tea is cooled so as not to destroy the beneficial cultures of the whey.
- Combine all ingredients in a glass. Enjoy!
I’m going to be making this one often–I have a lot of whey! It would be a great morning drink, too.
What’s your favorite way to serve iced tea?