We may be wondering how August managed to sneak up on us already, but here it is! And with August comes some of the hottest temperatures of the summer in most places, often accompanied by record humidity levels.
Nothing (aside from ice cream, perhaps!) will cool you on a hot, humid day like a fruit slushie. Many icy treats are full of sugar, artificial flavors and artificial colorings but it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, you can make your own slushie treat that is healthy and packed with antioxidant superfoods that is delicious, refreshing and contains no additional sweeteners.
This slushie actually stars three superfoods: blueberries, pomegranate and goji berries.
Blueberries are easy to find year-round in your grocery’s freezer section. Blueberries are picked in season and frozen fresh, so they offer maximum benefits at a relatively low cost. I keep frozen blueberries on hand all the time for smoothies, to toss in breakfast granola, and for muffins in the winter time.
Pomegranate is an amazing superfood that is available fresh in the fall. However, since pomegranate juice gained mainstream popularity a few years ago, most markets have pomegranate juice available as well. Pomegranate juice is very strong so it doesn’t take much to impart its unique tart flavor to a dish, whether it’s a smoothie or a salad dressing.
Goji berries, also called wolfberries, are typically found dried and contain high levels of Vitamin C. They’re a rich source of antioxidants and can be incorporated into your diet in small quantities, as in this slushie.
If you’re interested in other ways to pack superfoods into your diet, check out my no-bakeJoyful Almond Superfood Squares for a great delicious snack that’s also good for you!
Purple Power Superfood Slushie
Yield: 1 serving
1 cup frozen organic blueberries
1/4 cup pomegranate juice
2 Tbsp goji berries soaked in 1/2 cup water
juice of one orange (about 1/4 cup)
1/2 – 1 cup ice cubes
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until frothy.
- Pour into a cold glass. Drink up!
Note: If you can’t find goji berries, substitute 1/2 cup acai juice instead.