Cool Summer Lemon Slush Recipe

This slush is just perfect for hot summer days, it will keep you cool and refreshed and help you beat the heat.

We have been very lucky lately with the weather and have even had a good couple of weeks where the temperature has hit above 25c. Keeping cool, without constantly standing in front of a fan isn’t easy. I promise that this slush will keep you hydrated but also cool you down.

It is quick and simple to make, which makes it an ideal drink to make with the children.

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INGREDIENTS:

Half a lemon

A few sprigs of fresh mint

Handful of ice cubes

Coconut Water

This amount would make enough for one person just double up the ingredients if you want to make more

METHOD:

Place everything into a blender, leaving the coconut water til last. Add in enough to cover over the ice and blitz away. I kept some of the rind on the lemon as this gave it that extra bitter taste.

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Now all you need to do is relax on the sun lounger with your cool summer slush in one hand, sun glasses on and a good book in the other.

NB: You could add in some gin or vodka for an adult slush

Enjoy!

Keeping hydrated with Robinsons Fruit Shoot Hydro #itsmything

During school holidays, kids are always on the go and need to stay refreshed. My boys are very active and always on the go, keeping them hydrated whilst they are doing physical activities is very important to their health.

‘Fruit Shoot has launched It’s My Thing, a campaign that celebrates real kids doing what they’re passionate about and champions their self-expression and individuality.

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Research commissioned by Fruit Shoot revealed that 80% of UK parents think that children are under too much pressure today, with 80% also agreeing that this pressure is limiting their creativity and individuality.

Parents love Fruit Shoot because with real fruit and an on-the-go format, it gives them the freedom to let their kids do their thing. Therefore, we want to start a conversation about modern childhood and parenthood and support parents who want their kids to have the freedom to discover and indulge in their passions (their ‘things’) and not feel pressured to follow an expected or set path. We want to celebrate kids who are doing their thing and encourage parents to let their kids’ have the freedom to express themselves.’

Fruit Shoot want to support parents to let their children express themselves and find the ‘thing’ that they love and enjoy doing – because finding their thing is everything.

Robinsons have been Working with kids nutritional expert Jo Travers, together they have developed a range of top tips on staying refreshed during the half term, how much children should be drinking, and highlighting the importance of doing so whilst taking part in fun activities.

Did you know that the amount of fluid a child needs to drink depends on many factors including their age and gender, the weather and how active they are? Children aged 5-11 should be consuming about 6-8 glasses of water a day.

A recommended daily amount of fruit and vegetable juice should be limited it at one small glass (150ml) and they should really only be drunk at mealtimes. The best choice of drink to keep hydrated throughout the day is water – this doesn’t provide extra energy or risks them harming their teeth

Here are some of Jo Travers Top Tips For Keeping Kids Hydrated

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The boys and I was invited along to join in with an activity session at The Castle Climbing Centre, where the children got to sweat it out and take part in a 90 minute climbing experience. Fruit Shoot Hydro was there to help them stay refreshed

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The sun was shining so it was quite a warm day so even more of a reason to stay hydrated whilst working up a sweat.

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The boys enjoyed their session of climbing, pushing their bodies to the limit. Learning new techniques meant that they needed to keep hydrated, not just for energy but to keep them focused on the activity as well.

Climbing is definitely something that I should get my son into, he absolutely loved it and was in his element being able to climb the walls without Mummy telling him to get down. He just has a talent for it; with good techniques and a natural ability to climbing. We have obviously found ‘his thing’

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Castle Climbing is an amazing place to go and experience indoor climbing, run by ‘climber’ for ‘climbers’. Housing over 450 roped and lead routes from 8m to 13m in height and an extensive range of bouldering surfaces. Set over 5 floors – with floor to ceiling climbing walls for all abilities.

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what’s not lo love about climbing, my little monkeys were in their element

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After the boys had tried their hands at the sport, they was treated to some light refreshments and of course a bottle of Hydro to help them quench their first after some strenuous climbing. They enjoyed the drink going in for more and also grabbing an extra bottle for the journey home. I encourage the boys to drink water all the time, it is our preferred drink but I was very happy to give them the Hydro Fruit Shoot as it has no added colouring, flavours and sugar.

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The key benefits of Fruit Shoot Hydro are :

It is a natural flavoured spring water drink

No artificial colours or flavouring added

Zero sugar – gets a big thumbs up from us

Each bottle has a re-sealable cap; handy for on the go, lunch boxes and hand bags

We had a lovely day at Castle Climbing Centre, learning how to keep the children hydrated whilst they are keeping fit and experiencing a new sport.

Golden Turmeric Tonic Anti-Inflammatory Drink

Brighten up your day with this nutrient packed drink. It’s not only refreshing but also good for your stomach, joints and aids digestion. The star ingredient of this tonic drink is Turmeric, which is known for its anti inflammatory and immune boosting properties.

It’s like sunshine in a glass. Ideal for those cold winter mornings, with the added ginger in the drink it gives a little warm kick to it. What’s great about this drink is that it can be drunk warm or cold.

This easy to make tonic is super healthy and tasty too. It makes a great addition to your diet giving you a boost of energy and is packed with natural healing ingredients.

Carrots: Rich in vitamin A which maintains vision. Cleanses the liver. Boost immune system. The Beta-Carotene is a major antioxidant

Oranges: Vitamin C for a healthy immune system. Promotes proper digestion. Protects the cardiovascular system

Turmeric: Prevents inflammation. Controls blood pressure. Prevents cancer growth cells

Ginger: Reduces pain and inflammation. Aids digestion process. Strengthens immune system. Assists in the death of some cancer cells

Lime: Anti inflammatory. Prevents fatigue. Balances PH

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Ingredients:

  • 4 Carrots
  • 2 Oranges
  • 1/4 Lime/lemon
  • Coconut Water
  • 1 Knob of Fresh Root Ginger
  • 1 Knob of Fresh Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • Pepper to taste

Method:

Add all of the ingredients apart from the coconut water and pepper into a blender and blitz together. We used our juicer and threw the oranges and lime in with the skin on, this can give the drink a bitter taste.

Turmeric is a natural dye, so be prepared for all of your equipment and hands to be yellow/orange after.

Add as much coconut water that you want, depending on the consistency of the drink you want. Add some pepper to taste. Stir together.

Enjoy! It’s as simple as that!

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Mid Morning Coconut and Strawberry Smoothie

After an early morning visit to the park for the boys to participate in the junior parkrun, we arrived home to them being very hungry. They had their breakfast already and it wasn’t quite time for lunch and as I didn’t want to ruin their appetite for the lovely roast that i had planned for dinner, I decided on whizzing up a smoothie to tie them over till dinner time.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas
  • Small punnet of strawberries
  • Can of coconut milk
  • 5 tbsp of forest fruit yoghurt
  • 2 tsp chia and flax seeds
  • 1 tbsp honey

There are many benefits of chia seeds, one being feeling more energised all day and another to cut the cravings for food. They are loaded with nutrients and protein making them among the superfoods.

Bung all of the ingredients into a blender and whizz away until smooth. Simple.

Ready to serve.

Thumbs up from the boys

They didn’t ask for any food for another few hours, in fact they had a boost of energy and spent an hour outside in the garden making up an obstacle course.

Five Valleys Cordial Review

Are your taste buds ready to be tantalised?

Do you want to have fun with flavour?

Five Valleys have the answer with their Cordial soft drinks which have unique flavour combinations, they come in a range of 5 unusual and exotic flavours:

  • Sloe and Raspberry with a hint of Vanilla
  • Apricot and Ginger
  • Pomegranate and Rose
  • Lemon and Mint
  • Coconut and Kaffir Lime

All made with ingredients sourced from the best fruit growers from around the world. Five Valleys inspiration comes from the Cotswolds where they are based and if you have been there you could understand why with its gorgeous honey coloured limestone villages and beautiful scenery of rolling hillsides. Husband and Wife team Chris and Becky are behind the refined cordials, following  25 years of shared experience of the drinks industry they decided to head out alone to provide customers with flavours and quality that they think we deserve.

We was sent two bottles 375ml bottles of the cordials to try along with some recipe cards which includes cocktails and dessert recipes. The bottles are very eye-catching and give the sense of quality and richness that lies within, they are sophisticated and sleek and once you read the label with the exciting flavour combinations you are sure to be intrigued as to how they taste!

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The cordial is almost syrup like and you are advised to dilute 1 part cordial to 10 parts water, the juice is full of flavour and very pleasant to the taste buds.

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The Pomegranate and Rose was a favourite my eldest boy who is 10, he says that it is refreshing and flavoursome and makes him feel grown up when he drinks it. The aroma of the rose is strong and you can pleasantly taste it too.

The Lemon and Mint Cordial made with zingy lemons and summery garden mint is refreshing and crisp, a perfect drink for a hot summers day. I mixed mine up with white rum and lemonade to make a Mojito and I couldn’t get over how much the mint came through in the taste as well as the smell. The aroma is fresh, I love the smell of this drink, it’s bright, summery and very invigorating! I also took advise from the recipe card and made a Lemon and Mint Hottie, orange juice with cordial and honey all heated up in the microwave which made a perfect drink on a cold miserable day.

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I found the cordials to be very delectable and delicious, they tasted fresh and invigorating either as an alcoholic beverage or as an adult squash drink. These cordials are ideal as cocktail mixers.

These cordials are available to buy in Waitrose, Cotswold Fayre and Ocado.

I was supplied with 2 bottles of the cordials for the purpose of this review