Last summer, I created a Miracle Slushie Sore Throat Remedy out of desperation to find pain relief during an 8-day, sore throat event. That slushie earned the miracle title in my mind because nothing else relieved my sore throat…and I tried everything. Very recently, I developed this Orange Blast Hydration Slushie for someone else in need of cold relief. It’s nothing short of a miracle slushie, but this one’s focus is hydration.
Orange Blast Hydration Slushie
A few weeks ago, my friend was feeling ill and experiencing a fever. She didn’t have energy or an appetite, but needed fluids to stay hydrated.
So, her daughter and I headed to my kitchen to fire up the NutriBullet. Here in Northern California, oranges are in season from Jan-May, so they’re hanging outside our door…and I’m always inventing ways to use them. At the time of this event, the short-lived ‘blood orange’ season was on…and we caught it this year!
So, we filled the NutriBullet with ice, oranges, water, a little ginger, and honey. We delivered a pint of this icy-goodness to my feverish friend who was, understandably, not very excited about the idea of consuming anything. We didn’t pressure her though…and left the slushie with her.
I had only hoped she was able to get it down for sake of hydration, but she later told me it was soooooo delicious, she couldn’t stop drinking it…and it was exactly what she needed.
Boom…relief! When someone has a fever and you can actually get them to consume fluids (if recommended)…it’s a big win! And in our case, I considered it an even bigger win that she was getting the nutritional benefits of consuming whole oranges in a slushie form…minus the peel, of course.
Another miracle here…kids who go bonkers over slushie machines can get juuuuust as excited about these healthier, homemade slushies. I mean, you can skip the artificial everything and whip some fruits and natural sweeteners into an icy beverage…without leaving the house or spending extra money.
After I made the slushie for my feverish friend, her kids kindly requested that we make a big pitcher for them. Enter the Ninja 1500, it’s 72-ounce pitcher, and this excited little half-pint.
Adults love it too! Trust me, this slushie is soooo crazy delicious that cold/flu relief won’t be the only excuse to suck these things down. Brain freeze…yup, happens to me every time!
So…here’s the recipe, and keep in mind that if you don’t have blood oranges, you can double up on the navel orange and add unsweetened cranberry juice or frozen strawberries to make the color pop. Also, feel free to play around with grapefruit, pomelos, tangerines, lemons, and limes for other citrus options.
Orange Blast Hydration Slushie
[NOTE: The information in this post is not intended to guarantee relief or cure the cause of illness symptoms, nor is it intended as medical advice or a substitute for medical attention, nor does it guarantee your kid won’t still want the store-bought slushies. It is intended for informational purposes only.]
Cheers to homemade slushies…and always, to our health!