What could possibly be better than a refreshingly sweet and cool popsicle on a scorching summer night?

*A refreshingly sweet and cool popsicle filled with beneficial probiotics and protein rich gelatin!

Ahhh summer…

If Montana didn’t have these GLORIOUS perfect summers, there is no way in hell I would live here.

Our summer days are filled with watering tomatoes, trampoline madness, hiking in our beautiful mountains, and playing music. We have a few summer traditions we have each year,  including a trip to Rocky Creek Farms to pick bozeman’s best strawberries, which will be ready for picking in just a few weeks.  In the beginning in June, my fellow Weston A. Price Co-Chapter Leader, Kaelin Kiesel Germann and I taught a Probiotic Beverages Class, this was one of the recipes that I developed for the class with our annual trip to Rocky Creek Farms in mind.

strawmintpop4In our house it seems like this is one of the most popular things I have made, they FLY out of the freezer, but I don’t mind keeping them stocked because they only take about 10 mins to make, and I know my family is getting a big dose of probiotics and protein rich collagen hydrolysate in each bite!

icepopgirl1Here’s what I do.

Hull my strawberries and add them to the blender. Along with the mint, honey, water kefir or kombucha.


Add Great Lakes Gelatin, Collagen Hydrolysate, and homemade beet kvass (optional)…

Blend on medium speed again for 30 seconds.

Pour the liquid into my favorite popsicle maker that I purchased on Amazon.

Progressive International PLP-1 Freezer Pop Maker

Freeze them for at least 4 hours.


I know what your next question is…What in the heck is Collagen Hydrolysate???


Here’s the description directly off of Great Lakes’ Site

Hydrolyzed Collagen is unique in its amino acid structure because of its high amounts of glycine, lysine and proline, which are found in lower amounts in other protein food supplements. These particular amino acids are found to generate cell growth much quicker because the natural ability to produce supporting amounts of connective tissue diminishes after the age of 25. Hydrolyzed Collagen is more easily digested because of its low molecular weight and is absorbed within 30 minutes. All of the amino acids collectively are beneficial to cell reproduction, but it is the distinctive spectrum of this product that impacts the metabolic pathways to healthy tissue.

Hydrolyzed Collagen is beneficial in replacing the synovial fluids between the joints and secondly, to repair and build cartilage weakened by overuse through impact and stress. Our bodies are made up of 30% collagen of which 70% of these proteins are connective tissue made of collagen.

Hydrolyzed Collagen is the missing link in supplying amino acids like glycine, proline and lysine that are required by the body to build connective tissue to regulate cell growth. It will benefit hair, skin tissue, muscle, cartilage, ligaments and blood cell growth. Some doctors are referring to this product as the new anti-aging product of the century.

What are the benefits of Collagen Hydrolysate?

Hydrolyzed collagen gelatin will provide the missing nutritional links for most dietary supplements. A nitrogen balance is maintained for the support of age related collagen loss and cartilage damage. It is an excellent product for those with a sedentary lifestyle who may suffer from repetitive joint pain or discomfort.

Proteins are a primary element of life’s sustenance. The body contains millions of amino acids and peptides which are smaller than proteins. These are essential to the body which regulate functions of the cells. Glycine content of collagen assists the liver in handling foreign substances for individuals exposed by habit or occupation to toxic substances like chemicals, pollutants, alcohol or tobacco. Feeling of alertness, improved concentration, balanced mood, improved energy and increased sense of well-being have been reported by many users.

Hydrolyzed Collagen differs from gelatin as it will dissolve in cold, warm, or hot liquids and will not congeal when chilled. This feature allows taking a high protein product in a convenient way that suits your needs.

Read more about, Collagen Hydrolysate from The Healthy Home Economist here

Probiotic Strawberry Mint Water Kefir Popsicles

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This cooling probiotic-rich summer treat is super easy to make. Try kombucha or milk kefir in place of water kefir for a different but equally delicious flavor. Add a TBS or two of our citrus beet kvass, and cold soluble gelatin for an outstandingly nutritious and healing treat.
  • 2 cups fresh, strawberries
  • 3 small sprigs fresh mint
  • 12 oz fresh water kefir
  • 2 TBS beet kvass(optional)
  • 1-2 tbs raw honey or stevia to taste (optional)
  • 3 TBS Great Lakes]collagen hydrolysate (optional)

  1. Wash, hull and place the strawberries into the blender.
  2. Remove mint leaves from stem; and place in the blender with the strawberries. Puree until smooth.
  3. Add water kefir, honey, kvass if using, and gelatin to the strawberry/mint puree in the blender and pulse or blend on low to mix.
  4. Pour the water kefir mixture into popsicle molds, making sure to leave space for expansion, and freeze 4 hours or overnight before serving.


eat. love. nourish.

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