At this point in my life, it’s hard to believe there was ever a time when I enjoyed 7-Eleven Slushies (or Slurpees, as they’ve been coined). If you’ve ever been to a 7-Eleven, you (hopefully) know what I’m talking about; those sickly sweet, artificially colored & flavored icy sugar bombs that churn for hours (maybe days?) in giant containers, waiting for the next person to fall victim to an inevitable blood sugar crash. I suppose there is something to be said about the nostalgia associated with the childhood indulgence – for me, it’s a reminder of warm summer evenings and post-softball game celebrations with dad and my brothers. Mom probably didn’t approve!
It’s probably been at least a decade (or more) since my last Slurpee, and the only flavor I can remember ever truly enjoying was Cherry; the only other two I remember are blue raspberry (essentially a phosphorescent abomination) and root beer, which I only remember because I’ve always hated the flavor. As my diet has drastically changed over the years, I can’t imagine ever craving something so artificial; even most store-bought candy tastes cloyingly sweet now! This homemade version of my childhood favorite contains barely any sugar (just a touch of agave), and plenty of nutrient-rich fruit. It’s even more refreshing than an actual Slurpee, and freshly squeezed lime juice and fresh mint add a bit of a punch.
On a particularly hot and/or humid day, you can also add a bit of coconut water for electrolyte replenishment. We always choose Harmless Harvest coconut water – they use young, organic coconuts which yield an antioxidant-rich, naturally pink liquid that tastes like you’re drinking straight from the coconut. They’re also just a fantastic company overall – they invest in the communities from which they source the coconut water and only provide fair wages for workers.
I’ll be heading out later this afternoon for a 6 mile run in the heat of the day (I stayed in bed this morning instead of getting up to go before work), so I’ll be happy to slurp this down when I return. (I really don’t like the word slurp. Not sure why, but ugh. Anyways, I’ll probably end up eating it with a spoon!)Print
This is one of my favorite ways to recover after a long run on a hot/humid morning.
- 1 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 1/2 cup frozen or fresh pitted cherries
- 1 1/2 cup diced watermelon
- 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1/4 cup fresh mint
- 1/2 tbsp agave
- Pinch salt
- 4 cups ice
- Blend everything well (except ice). Add ice, blend again until desired slushie texture and enjoy immediately.