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.