Grab your blenders and some ice, it is time to cool down with your own homemade slushies — and Olivia is here showing off her favorite Strawberry Slushie.
We are using every trick in the book to keep cool, including drinking everything as cold as we can get it.
I am a green smoothie addict and drink at least one smoothie every day. My daily smoothie usually includes a spinach/kale mix, frozen blueberries, (I freeze over 100lbs of organic blueberries every summer so I have enough to last me all year,) plain Greek yogurt, ice, and a splash of lactose-free milk.
But my seven year old Olivia likes to skip the dairy and the greens and go for “slushies.”
Since I rarely have juice in the house, when my kids want to have something sweet to drink – or they want to walk to the corner store and buy a slushie – I redirect them toward the blender and the frozen fruit in our freezer.
Olivia insists that she designs her drinks all by herself and tries all sorts of variations.
And that is the best part of a slushie or smoothie — you can’t really go wrong.
Throw in ice, a bit of water, and whatever frozen or fresh fruit you have available.
If you or your kids want to sweeten up your creations, you can add a teaspoon of sugar, or a couple drops of stevia, or a dash of honey. But I find my kids don’t even miss the sweeteners. They just usually just use fruit.
For this particular homemade strawberry slushie, Olivia used a half a dozen frozen strawberries, a handful of ice cubes, a squirt of strawberry syrup (although she doesn’t usually use syrup,) and about a half a cup of water.
- 5-6 frozen or fresh strawberries, washed and hulled
- 4 ice cubes
- ½ cup water (add more if desired)
- optional - 1 teaspoon of either strawberry syrup, sugar or honey
- Add all ingredients to blender
- Pulse blender until ice is broken down
- Continue blending until smooth or desired consistency