Barb Hodgens
Barb Hodgens

Barb Hodgens loves to cook with alternative, healthy whole food ingredients, with a focus on gut health. Barb has overcome her own gut health issues through healthy eating. Share your ideas, comments and photos at the end of this post :)

ProGood probiotic homemade yogurt


Homemade yogurt is well known as one of the best sources of good bacteria for the gut. There are numerous studies published worldwide on the health benefits of eating yogurt, and closer to home, our customers continually share powerful healing testimonials celebrating the role of homemade yogurt. 

With advancing understanding of the effects of probiotics on health and wellbeing in current years, the Luvele kitchen has become especially curious about the possibility of making yogurt even more ‘lively’ by adding a ‘probiotic’ rather than a traditional yogurt starter culture.

The seeds of our curiosity were sewn when we began experimenting with the probiotic Lactobacillus Reuteri to make yogurt. Studies claim L.Reuteri has impressive health benefits. Unfortunately this strain of probiotic doesn’t naturally grow in dairy milk so making yogurt has always been a challenge. However, this non-traditional method drew a great deal of interest from yogurt lovers and gut healers alike. It was clearly a natural next step to ask whether there was a comparable probiotic product that would not only readily proliferate but guarantee a reliable yogurt texture too. Well, we’ve found our product and we luv that it is Australian made.

ProGood Probiotic Yogurt


The ProGood formula was invented by John Ellerman (BSc, MASM, Consultant Microbiologist) and is based on over 8 years of research at the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Food Industry Innovation involving researchers from The University of NSW & the CSIRO, which resulted in:

  1. Isolating a selection of the best possible Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium lactis bacteria.
  2. Incorporating a selection of prebiotic fibre ingredients. (‘Prebiotics’ is another name for fibre that feeds probiotic ‘good’ bacteria). In this case, arabinogalactan and inulin from the Jerusalem artichoke were used. These prebiotics resist digestion but significantly multiply the probiotic cultures when they enter the intestinal tract.
  3. Synergistically combining prebiotics and probiotics to gain a much higher level of probiotic culture in the intestine. When both are taken together they create 50 times the amount of good bacteria which equates to 1.5 trillion good bacteria per dose. In yogurt this will be considerably more again.


Doctors and patients report life changing results. Conditions that may benefit from ProGood probiotics include Asthma, Hayfever, Eczema, Stomach Ulcers, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Ulcerative Colitis, Diverticulitis, Crohn’s Disease, Heart Disease, Alzheimers, Obesity, Diabetes, Autism – autistic children have a different range of bacteria to the norm, Fibromyalgia, Prostatitis, Schizophrenia, Depression, Chronic Fatigue, Epstein Barr virus (Glandular Fever), autoimmune diseases & MS.

For more information, listen to this super informative podcast between Aussie, gut-health advocate, film maker and storyteller Kale Brock and the creator of ProGood Probiotics, John Ellerman.



Progood probiotics are a powder formula available in a plastic jar or single serve dual sachet. We recommend using the sachets because they are more stable to ship. One box contains 15 x 5g dual sachets. Each half of the dual sachet contains separate ingredients. The probiotic culture sachet contains 30 billion cells of good bacteria. The booster sachet contains a blend of prebiotic fibre. Use the entire dual ProGood sachet in place of a traditional yogurt starter culture to make 1 – 2 litres of yogurt.

ProGood probiotics are sold online and can be purchased here.
Use the code PGLUVELE for 10% off. 


The great news is ProGood probiotics are naturally dairy loving, so they will thicken dairy milk into yogurt and can be used in place of any traditional yogurt starter culture. We followed the same preparation steps as our failsafe cow’s milk, 24-hour yogurt method on our first sample but the consistency of this yogurt was on the thin side. After experimenting with techniques to improve the texture we found that adding dry milk powder to the milk before heating enriched and thickened the yogurt texture.

Always use organic dry milk powder that is 100% pure and without additives. For best results we also recommend holding the milk at 82° C (180° F) for 10 - 20 minutes with this method.  

ProGood Probiotic yogurt recipe


  • ProGood is not a drug or a prescribed medicine so you can’t eat too much.
  • ProGood probiotics must be stored in the fridge to make sure the product stays as effective as possible. 
  • ProGood probiotics and yogurt is safe for pregnant woman and children over 1 year old.
  • ProGood is grown in a non-dairy medium so is suitable for making Vegan, plant-based yogurt as well as dairy yogurt. 


    Before you begin it is important to sterilise the Luvele yogurt making glass jar, lid and any utensils you use, in boiling hot water. The danger of not sterilising is that other bacteria may overpower your culture and affect the quality of your yogurt.

    ProGood Probiotic homemade yogurt making steps

    ProGood Probiotic homemade yogurt making



    ProGood probiotic homemade yogurt recipe