At this point in my life, I can’t believe I used to enjoy 7-Eleven Slushies (or Slurpees). If you’ve ever been to a 7-Eleven, you know what I’m talking about. Those sickly sweet, artificially colored & flavored icy sugar bombs that churn for hours (maybe days?) in giant containers. They’re just waiting for the next person to fall victim to an inevitable blood sugar crash. I suppose there is something about the nostalgia of 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 since my last Slurpee. The flavor I remember enjoying was Cherry. The only other two I remember are blue raspberry (essentially a phosphorescent abomination) and root beer. That one 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! These healthiefied Cherry Watermelon Lime Slushies are the homemade version of my childhood favorite. They’re low-sugar (just a touch of agave). And packed with 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. It tastes like you’re drinking straight from the coconut. Harmless Harvest is also just a fantastic company overall. They invest in the communities where they source their 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.