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Watermelon Slushie Recipe

I love trying recipes for my children that replace artificial non-healthy alternatives. I’ve always wondered why convenience stores don’t offer a juice form of slurpies, but I guess giving kids a clean slushie isn’t a priority. Well in this house it is, so although my kids hardley ever drink slushies from the conveience store, I wanted to have a healthy alternative lined up in case it becomes a regular request. And I’ve tried this on not only my kids, but teenage friends and the overwhelming appreciation for this watermelon slushie was thumbs up across the board – delicious! You seriously need to try this recipe!!

So get ready to make a non-GMO version of a convenience store slurpie but with clean, whole food! Another bonus to this recipe is having a great option if you get a bunky watermelon. You know when you spend a lot of money on a full watermelon and you crack it open and the inside is mushy, whitish, and doesn’t taste great? It’s so frustrating because you can’t see the inside of the watermelon before you buy it (although my Italian brother-in-laws all know how to pick great melons from tapping the exterior). This happened to us yesterday and instead of getting frustrated, I just opened it up, removed as many seeds as possible, got out my ice cream scoop and started making watermelon balls. I put the balls in a large glass dish (didn’t even cover them) and froze for a couple of hours. I always have frozen bananas chopped up for smoothies in the freezer, so once the watermelon froze, we made delicious slushies. Can’t believe how much the kids love them!

How To Prepare:

Chop or freeze 2 cups of watermelon
Freeze 1 banana (peel and chop before freezing)
Add 1/2 cup of water
Add 2 tablespoons of 100% maple syrup
1 lemon – cut the lemon in half, squeeze out the juice and carve out the interior

Add everything into a blender and stir until blended well. Pour into glasses and drink fresh. If your kids enjoy freezies or slushies then this recipe is a must try! The refined sugar, dye and carbonated pop from traditional slushies can be avoided and kids won’t miss them once they try this alternative.

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Chia Seed Freezer Jam

Everyone says making jam is so easy. I’ve asked many people about making my own jam and when I ask what recipe they follow, I always get the same response “use the recipe on the back of the Certo box”. But what if you could avoid this step and incorporate a super food as a substitute? You would probably think this is a good idea. . . ¬†especially when you can easily make Chia Seed Jam and subtract the pectin, sugar and preservatives.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

– 100% maple syrup
– Fresh lemon
– Chia seeds
– Fresh Berries
– Canning or glass jar for storage

The only thing I needed to purchase for this recipe was fresh chia seeds – I picked the Barleans brand for convenience.

Instructions:

Soak 3 tablespoons of  chia seeds in 1/2 cup water. <picture below of how the chia seeds form a gel>
When seeds turn into gelatin form (happened in about 15 mins) add in 1 tablespoon of maple syrup and 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice.
Wash 2 cups of berries. I used 1 cup of strawberries and 1 cup of blueberries. With the grainy texture of the chia seeds, using raspberries might have been too overwhelming with a ‘seeded’ texture for our first batch.
Put chia gelatin mixture and berries into the blender – mix until well blended like a smoothie.
Let the jam gel overnight in the fridge and start using.

I’ve done some research on using lemon juice as a preservative and because this recipe contains this ingredient, it could be frozen to be used as freezer jam. It’s not appropriate as a canning jam. This recipe honestly took a total of 20 minutes to make and 2 cups of berries makes the perfect amount so this jam could be made fresh.

What do I love about this jam? The amount of refined sugar called for in traditional jam recipes is GMO and very sweet. I was expecting to at least need honey, but the syrup was enough. I’ve been wanting to use my new Weck glass jars so this was a fun added bonus! Enjoy making this jam while the berries are fresh, local, and in season!

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