Guest recipe and blog by Savannah Bleue / @savannah.bleue
Easing into summer with these delightfully gut healthy, oh so tasty strawberry popsicles. What more can you ask for then being able to nourish your body and soul at the same time?
These pops are made with creamy coconut milk for strong, and body loving fats; antioxidant and vitamin C rich strawberries. They’re one of the most simple, pure deserts, and sweetened with just a touch of maple, and they also take less than 15 minutes to make! It’s almost too good to be true!
But what makes these extra nourishing is the added pre and probiotics from Just Thrive.
Probiotics are an ally for our bodies because they support a healthy gut, which influences many aspects of our health, including our immune system, thyroid, mental health, digestion, and so much more.
As a nutritionist I see gut issues in my practice every day, which can show up as everything from bloating and indigestion, to skin issues, fatigue, and hormone imbalances. Just Thrive Probiotic is an essential part of my protocol for rebalancing a body navigating gut issues because they are 1000x more effective then most probiotics on the market, and they have a 1000x higher survivability rate in the digestive tract, which means they truly support the body.
Prebiotics on the other hand, are what “feed” the healthy bacteria in our guts. I always love a good analogy so let's explore this one: Taking probiotics are like sprinkling seeds in a garden, while prebiotics are like the sun, water and nutrients in the soil that allow the seeds to thrive. Essentially, they encourage the growth and survival of probiotic strains linked to health, and promote optimal balance in the gut microbiome. The right prebiotic (like Just Thrive Precision PREbiotic) can also more than double the amount of good bacteria created by taking Just Thrive Probiotic. This is why I love pairing the prebiotics and probiotics together.
Now for these creamy, gut nourishing popsicles!
Vegan Strawberry Cream Popsicles (Recipe)
Makes 10 popsicles
HOW TO MAKE:
Combine the coconut milk, maple syrup, vanilla and salt in a blender. Empty the Just Thrive Probiotic and Precision PREbiotic capsules into the mixture, and give it another whirl.
For a single popsicle shade: Add the strawberries to the popsicle mixture and blend until combined. The mixture doesn’t need to be fully smooth – itty bitty strawberry chunks can be nice. Then pour the mixture into the popsicle molds, leaving 1/3 inch room at the top of each.
For a variety of popsicle shades, ranging from pale pink to vibrant: Add 1/3 of the strawberries to the popsicle mixture and blend for 20 seconds, then pour the mixture into 2 – 3 popsicles, leaving approximately 1/3 inch room at the top of each. Add another 1/3 of the strawberries to the blender, blend to combine, then pour 2-3 more popsicles. Continue until you have used all the strawberries and popsicle mixture.
Freeze the popsicles for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, combine your granola and rose petals. After 30 minutes of freezing, remove the popsicles and add the granola, gently pushing the granola into the mixture slightly so it freezes to the popsicle. Place the popsicle lid on top, and insert the popsicle sticks a little more than half way. Freeze for at least 4 hours.
Leaving the 1/3 of space to the top of the popsicle molds allows room for them to expand when frozen, and room to add granola if you like.
If skipping the granola step, still allow the popsicles to freeze for 30 minutes before inserting the popsicle sticks so they don’t sink all the way in. Depending on your popsicle mold, and how well the lid holds the sticks in place, you may need to freeze them for an hour before inserting the sticks. If the lid works really well, partially freezing first may not be necessary at all.
To remove the popsicles, allow them to defrost for 5-10 minutes, then gently pull them out. Extras can be stored in an airtight container with parchment between them, or compostable ziplocks bags.