Do you even want me to get started on the additives that are found in slushie’s (or Slurpees)??  I once would have thought these were bad because of the sugar, the additives wouldn’t have entered my mind!!  Sound familiar??  It’s funny how the mind works, cause now I look at a slushie and think of how many food colours or preservatives are in there, is there any fruit at all, and what the heck is it going to do to us – let alone our kids!!

Upon a quick Google search I found the ingredients from the Minute Maid® Fruit Punch Slushie – let’s have a look…
https://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en-us/product/minute-maid-minute-maid-slushie.html

Want me to explain it?  Sure.

This slushie is called a fruit punch, however the only fruit I can see comes from concentrate – which is the pure sugar from the fruit.  There’s no fibre left at all, so considering sugar is the second ingredient, then there’s all that fruit concentrate – I’d say we’re just sucking up a straw a whole lot of liquid sugar…

Oh, onto the artificial additives, I almost forgot…

Natural Flavours – what are they – who knows??

Glycerol Ester of Rois – what tha??  This additive stops oil and water separating.  It’s also found in a lot of ice-creams and chewing gums.

Sodium Benzoate – this is an additive we talk about in our e-course Additive Free Made Easy.  It’s a big no-no for us, especially when mixed with citric acid.  This causes a chemical compound called Benzene which has been directly linked to cancer.  Checked your baby wipes lately?

Potassium Sorbate – this chemical formula is salt

Calcium Disodium EDTA – this has a salty taste and helps with preserving food.  According to this website, Calcium disodium EDTA is safe in small amounts found in prescription medicine, eye drops and food preservatives. However, there is a risk that it could cause cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, low blood pressure, skin problems, and fever. It is not safe to consume more than 3 grams per day. Too much can cause kidney damage, low calcium levels and even death.5

Red 40 and Green 3 – both are artificial food colours.  These are directly linked to hyperactivity, aggressive behaviour, emotional outbursts, headaches, stomach upsets, skin irritations and more.  NOT something we want to be eating.


So basically, being an additive free family I thought it best to make our own.  One with no artificial additives that are going to send us off our rocker, and give us god knows what reaction.

It’s up to you if you’d like to add the sugar, you could sub out for nothing, or add a bit of raw honey instead.

We would absolutely love you to leave us a comment below and let everyone know what you think. It’s comments like this that make our day, and help us improve a recipe if we need to. We look forward to reading what you think.

Tracey and Jo

February 20, 2018
  • 5m
  • 2m
  • 7m
  • 4-6

Ingredients

  • 30 g raw sugar (could use 1 tblsp raw honey but it will taste different)
  • 2 large juicy oranges
  • 1 pineapple
  • 2 c of ice-cubes

Instructions

Thermal Cooking Method

  1. Remove skin & pips from fruit and chop into large chunks
  2. Add all remaining ingredients and blitz on speed 9 till well combined - approx 2 minutes

Traditional Cooking Method

  1. Remove skin & pips from fruit and chop into large chunks
  2. Add all remaining ingredients to a high speed blender and blitz until well incorporated