Meet my new favorite healthy summer dessert! A Strawberry Slushie!! A healthy delicious, 2-ingredient alternative to ice cream- made with fresh strawberries, honey (or maple syrup) and ice! Low in fat and calories, high in antioxidants. Make this in 5 minutes, using your blender! So easy and refreshing.
Made with just strawberries, ice and a little raw honey, (or maple syrup) Strawberry Slushies take only 5 minutes to whip up using a blender. I can’t tell you what a godsend they’ve become in this house! A healthy, refreshing, totally satisfying, dessert, low in calories and fat, perfect for hot summer evenings!
Last night after dinner, Brian and I went on a bike ride. It always feels good to move a little after we eat. Here, the sun waits till almost 9pm to set and in June, the air is drenched with the scent of linden flowers. Have you caught a whiff of them yet? Glorious!
Getting outside just before sunset is the best time to experience this delicious aroma and for me, it has become therapy, aromatherapy truly, for the scent is calming and soothing, reducing both stress and blood pressure, helping with digestion and they say, even insomnia. It is believed that animals are calmed and soothed by the sent as well, so be sure to take your dog with you when you go.
Peddling home, Brian kept talking about all the sweet treats he wanted for dessert. He was kind of torturing me because I was really trying to not think of them. Have I ever told you how much of a sweet tooth he has? It’s a good thing he’s naturally slim, because what he puts down some nights is baffling. I won’t go into the nitty-gritty, but he does love his sweets, especially ice-cream. The problem is when he eats ice cream, my spoon likes to travel over to his bowl. 😉 It has a will of its own.
So it’s become a bit of an issue for both of us. So anyway, as we were peddling our way up the last stretch of the hill, he kept going on and on about wanting something deliciously cold and sweet.
Well, thankfully there were these strawberries in the fridge – and this is what became of them. Strawberry Slushies! It totally cured his sweet tooth and boy were they sooooooo refreshing!
When strawberries are in season, there is not much you can add to them to make them taste any better. They are perfect just as they are. Sweet, juicy and slightly tart, they also have such a delicious fragrance. Locally grown strawberries are always the best, picked at their peak of flavor, tender-skinned and dripping with flavor. You will know them by their red cores.
But if you like to tinker, try adding a little fresh basil or mint to the Strawberry Slushie, just for fun.
If you are vegan, swap out agave or maple for the honey.
The sweeter the strawberries, the less honey you will need in the slushie. So taste and adjust.
Of course, other berries will work here too, as well as ripe stone fruits like peaches and nectarines.
Happy summer friends.
Get outside and enjoy all the beauty and glorious scents. It won’t last long. I have this perhaps morbid thought that keeps me motivated to keep going outside….how many more summers do I have left to experience in this short life? Each year, as the number decreases, I feel an increasing desire to feel it all more fully. To be present in it. To bath in it. Even a slow short walk after dinner can be incredibly fulfilling. A time to feed the soul and quiet the mind. I’ve started a new practice which I call my “smelling meditation”.
During the walk I try to be present to all the wonderful smells, inhaling deeply.
A healthy & refreshing recipe for Strawberry Ice, or strawberry slushie -a delicious alternative to ice cream- made with fresh strawberries, ice and honey. Low in fat and calories, high in antioxidants. Vegan adaptable. Make in 5 minutes! | www.feastingathome.com
- 3 cups strawberries, quartered (about 10–12 medium strawberries)
- 2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup, more to taste
- 1 1/2 –2 cups ice (more to create desired consistency)
- Other additions- huckleberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries
Add ice cubes and blend on high, adding more to the blender ( if you like) get it really thick and icy. It should not be runny. You want a nice balance between sweet and tart. The sweeter the strawberries the less honey you will need.
Pour into one large glass or two smaller glasses. Serve with a spoon.
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