Guess what I’m having right now, as part of my breakfast? Yup, that’s right… a Popsicle! And why not? It has about 4 grams of protein, less than 2 grams of sugar (and it’s all naturally occurring), and 42 milligrams of potassium. AND it’s teeming with beneficial, friendly bacteria, also known as probiotics, and is rich in vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Hello! All in a delicious, cold, refreshing summer snack! (or part of breakfast, as is the case with me right now)
What exactly is kefir, you ask? It is simply fermented milk, much like yogurt. Comparing the two nutritionally speaking, kefir is superior. It contains an abundance of active yeast and good bacteria, which get deposited in our gut and go to work keeping our immune system strong, manufacturing B vitamins and vitamin K, helping to break down and absorb the nutrients from our food, and keeping the dangerous, toxic bacteria in check. Probiotics are the body’s natural defence system against foreign invaders. For a healthy digestive system and proper elimination, probiotics are essential. Also, kefir contains tryptophan, which is an amino acid that converts into serotonin, our feel good, “happy hormone,” which THEN converts into melatonin, which is essential for a good night’s sleep. Kefir is also a source of calcium and magnesium. Fun fact: in Turkish, kefir means to “feel good.” Hm.
These Popsicles also contain protein powder, coconut milk, strawberries (duh), and stevia. Aha! Remember that horrid white stuff we want to avoid? Well, this is one spectacular way. Stevia is a natural herb that simply tastes sweet; it has no effect on the blood sugar level. And, because it tastes up to 300 times sweeter than sugar (nope, I’m not even joking), we don’t need to use nearly as much.
So here it is, my friends, one of the healthiest Popsicle recipes you can make!
Strawberry Kefir Popsicles
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (I used the So Delicious brand)
2 cups halved strawberries
1 cup unsweetened kefir (I used the Pinehedge brand)
2 scoops (about 60g) vanilla protein powder (be sure it has no sugar or artificial thingies added)
15 drops liquid stevia
Add coconut milk and strawberries to blender and mix just until combined (some strawberry pieces can be extra yummy). Meanwhile, pour kefir into mixing bowl. Add strawberry mixture to kefir and stir until combined. Add stevia and stir. Pour into Popsicle moulds and put in freezer. Freeze for at least 3 hours, but overnight is even better. Perfect for a hot summer day! Depending on how many Popsicle moulds you have and how much they hold, you will likely have some mixture left over. Simply store in the fridge and make more Popsicles as they get eaten up!
1. Gates, Donna with Linda Schatz. The Body Ecology Diet: Recovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity-10th ed. B.E.D. Publications, USA (2010): 79, 102-106.