Summer recipe for Kids: Healthy Fruit Juice Slushies!

The summer hols are coming to an end, so it’s time to make the most of those final free hours outdoors. What better way than by making super-cool slushies to enjoy in the sun?

Summer recipe for Kids: Healthy Fruit Juice Slushies!

This kid-friendly (and kid-approved) recipe is seriously simple, but totally delicious – and there’s even a mini science experiment involved, too.

Pssst…Hey mum, these funky beverages are also healthy; so no sugar-highs or crazy colourants!
All you’ll need is frozen salt water and fruit juice, and then let chemistry do the rest…

Method:

  • First make ice cubes by adding 1/2 cup of water and 1 teaspoon of salt to a zip-lock bag. Add a little natural food dye to colour the water, then seal the bag well and freeze the water until completely solid, for about 6 hours.
  • Choose some of your favourite fruit juices and add about 1 cup of juice to a large cup or jar with a lid (you can also use a big freezer bag).
  • Remove your bag of frozen ice water from the freezer and put into the glass with the juice. Carefully seal the top.
  • Time to go crazy! Let the kiddos shake up the juice and you’ll see that within a few minutes the juice will freeze up and turn into a slushie. No syrup and no blender required!
  • Around 3 minutes of shaking will create a snow cone consistency, still thin enough to suck up through a straw.
  • Let your kids enjoy the slushies, but be sure to also explain how it works! The science lesson: salt enables the ice cube to stay frozen long enough to begin to freeze the liquid surrounding it. A regular ice cube would just melt away and dilute the juice before it had a chance to freeze. Awesome, huh?

Recipe and image via babble.com