The weather has been incredibly hot and humid here in the Midwest the last couple of weeks.  There have actually been a couple of times that I have looked out at my garden from the air-conditioned house and chose to blow off watering it!  Luckily there has also been a lot of rain so my garden is thriving despite my laziness, especially the mint.

I decided to put some of that abundant mint to good use and whip up this healthy,  ice-cold tropical slushy.  This slushy is fructose-malabsorption friendly!  Just make sure the coconut water you use is 100% coconut water with no other ingredients added.

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I start with fresh pineapple.  To peel and core the pineapple just cut off the top and bottom and stand the pineapple vertically on a cutting board. Starting at the top and working towards the bottom, cut away the outer skin from the flesh and discard it.  Now slice the pineapple in half from top to bottom and then slice each half vertically again so you have four long pieces.  Now stand each quarter up vertically and slice downward, removing and discarding the tough, middle core.

At this point I chop each quarter up and put it in a separate quart size freezer bag.  I lay the bags out flat on a cookie sheet and make sure the pineapple is laid out in a single layer.  After it is frozen your will have the exact amount you need in each bag when you want to make a single serving slushy drink!

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To make the Tropical Pineapple-Mint Slushy you will need:

1 quarter of a pineapple, chopped and frozen

1/8 to 1/4 cup of fresh lemon-mint leaves (or any other flavor of mint leaves you choose)

1 cup of 100% natural coconut water, refrigerated

ice cubes

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Combine all the ingredients in a blender or mini food processor and blend until the mint is minced and the pineapple has turned to slush.

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Nothing tastes better than an ice-cold slushy drink after coming in from hours of yard work in the hot sun!  For a post-run protein drink, swap out 1/2 cup of the coconut water for the milk of your choice and add a dollop of plain Greek yogurt before blending.  For an adult version of this slushy you could add a shot of coconut rum to the blender.  I haven’t tried that yet but I bet it would be good!

I hope you enjoy this recipe!

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