Nothing hits the nostalgia button at the end of summer quite like fresh snow cones. But of course genetically modified high-glycemic syrup with tap water ice is too old school for us. We want low glycemic superfood herbal snow cones!

This just in: you can make them yourself at home.

First make the tonic herb syrup. This is the non-glycemic version:

-2 tablespoons spring water

-1 tablespoon reishi extract powder (for super immunity, mental calm)

-1 tablespoon astragalus extract powder (for immune system modulation, DNA repair)

-1/4 teaspoon KAL stevia extract powder (non-glycemic sweetener)

-1 tiny pinch sea salt

OPTIONAL: If you have wintergreen tincture or extract, use a tiny bit for a fully traditional root beer flavor.

Place in a mortar and pestle and lightly grind for 1 minute until all the powders are dissolved.

That syrup version is intensely herbal and rich in stevia (which I love!). If you are not used to stevia or the bitterness of some herbs like reishi, use this version:

-1 tablespoon spring water

-1 – 4 tablespoons (to taste) wholesome syrup (coconut nectar, clear agave (the most neutral flavored), sunchoke syrup, maple syrup)

-1 tablespoon reishi extract powder

-1 tablespoon astragalus extract powder

-1 tiny pinch sea salt

-OPTIONAL: 1 pinch KAL stevia extract powder

OPTIONAL: If you have wintergreen tincture or extract, use a tiny bit for a fully traditional root beer flavor.

Place in a mortar and pestle and lightly grind for 1 minute until all the powders are dissolved.

Shaved ice:

If you have an ice shaver, use that. Otherwise if you have a food processor with a regular metal blade, place a couple handfuls of spring water ice cubes and let it rip until the ice cubes are powdered.

Form the powdered/shaved ice into balls and place in small bowls. Drizzle with syrup and serve on a hot day (or a warm night!)

For an even more exotic “root beer” flavor, use Longevity in a Bottle instead of reishi and astragalus.

-Christian

 

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