I’m not sure the first time I had a Slurpee but I know it was probably not until my 20’s. I didn’t like it. I liked the consistency of it, but I didn’t like that sick-to-my-stomach from too-much-sugar feeling.
I was excited to learn while pregnant with my first child that they had Crystal Light Slurpee’s. I could enjoy a Slurpee and really only consume 10 or so calories – WRONG.
The 7-11 Crystal Light Slurpee’s are anything but light. Even some of the smallest ones have up to 80 calories in them! NO THANKS.
Slurpee’s however remain a part of my life because my husband and daughter love them.
I was determined to make a healthier version that I liked, and that they might just like too.
In steps POM Wonderful JUICE.
When POM Wonderful sent me a case of their 100 % Pomegranate Juice to try out, the first thing that came to mind was SLURPEE.
I’m not a juice drinker. Long ago I eliminated most drinks that contain calories, juice being one of them. I love Pomegranates though so I didn’t pass up the opportunity to try the juice.
Drinking the juice alone was a little too much for me. It was tasty, but packed with sugar. The sugar is not unhealthy because it is not added, however sugar is sugar when it comes to what it does to your blood sugar. I didn’t want to have a giant sugar spike and then have the all too familiar juice induced crash after.
So I made a Slurpee. I used my Magic Bullet and filled it with crushed ice. I added a small amount of the juice and blended. Adding more ice and a little more juice as the blender would allow.
What I ended up with was a delicious, healthy version of a Slurpee with less calories than drinking the pomegranate juice straight. I found that the key to achieving the same consistency that you find at 7-11 is that you need to use allot more ice than you do juice.
My Slurpee was ready in less than two minutes, is much healthier than the alternative and didn’t involve a trip to 7-11.
My taste testers: Chloe & Eric – approved