My boys love getting slushies at Sonic.
See the italic emphasis up there? Yeah, that's how much they LOVE getting slushies at Sonic.
And at 50 cents a slush during Happy Hour, it's a pretty cheap indulgence. But, as a mom trying to get some amount of healthy food into her kids during the course of a day, I just can't bring myself to give in to their pleas very often.
It's pretty easy to deny my boys, too. All I have to do is picture them in my mind, pouring a cup of sugar down their throats, and I hit the gas and zoom on by. Because that is essentially what they are doing when they drink a Sonic slush.
So what is a mom to do? Find a healthier alternative, of course!
I love finding recipes that I can adapt to suit the needs of my family, and this one does just that.
Personally, I try to avoid a lot of extra sugar for myself, so I make this with Diet 7-Up to slash the sugar calories. I also substitute Splenda for the sugar to cut the carbs and calories even more.
However, I am not the biggest fan of my kids ingesting a ton of artificial sweeteners, so for them I might do 7-Up Ten, and real sugar, or Splenda/Sugar blend.
But even if I make the recipe as written, they are still getting the fiber and nutrition of the strawberries, no High Fructose Corn Syrup, and no artificial colorings like they would with a Sonic slush.
If you try it, I totally encourage you to make this smoothie to suit the needs and desires of your family. It is fail proof. And really yummy.
Strawberry Lemonade Smoothies
1 (16 oz.) bag of frozen strawberries (no sugar added), or about 4 cups36 oz. 7-Up, diet or regular (3 cans)
1 T. lemon juice
½ c. sugar (or sugar substitute of your choice)
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and enjoy!
About 4 servings.
About 4 servings.
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