Even though it means long vacation for most people, summer and I have a love-hate relationship. Sleepless nights, sluggish mornings and lazy afternoons become a routine especially when working at home. I love staying at home though but it can sometimes be unbearable due to heat. On the bright side, summer brings many cold and sweet surprises like ice cream and other frozen desserts.
In this blog post, I will be sharing my three cold and sweet companions for this summer. Take note, I can’t give you the exact measurements because I based it on how I want it to be.
The first one is the guiltless Green Tea Ice Cream. If you search online or check out stores, the most popular is matcha green tea. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find one so I substituted. You might raise your eyebrow when you read this but I used Lipton Clear Green Tea.
Lipton Clear Green leaf tea is all natural and light perfect for balanced diet. Just like any green tea, it contains an array of health benefits starting with the presence of powerful antioxidants that rejuvenates the skin, hair and nails, and promotes weight loss. Green tea also boosts immune system and improves heart health. Indeed, Green Tea Ice Cream is a guiltless pleasure you can have.
To make our Lipton Green Tea (No Machine) Ice Cream, you will need:
- Lipton green tea
- Whole cream or heavy whipping cream
- Sweetened condensed milk
Since there is no machine, I used a cold bowl and a cold fork to whisk the heavy cream. While doing this, the tea bags were dipped in warm water and set aside to cool. It took a while, maybe 5-10 minutes before I got the peaks. Then I poured in the sweetened condensed milk. I did not add in too much but if you would like to do so, it’s fine. I just didn’t want to overpower the green tea.
Transfer your ice cream base into another container and slowly pour in the green tea. Slightly mix it and taste to see if it needs more green tea. If you’re happy with it, then place the ice cream in an old ice cream container and place it in the freezer.
Viola! Homemade Lipton Green Tea Ice Cream
Second surprise is frozen fruit. They are nutritious, delicious, and refreshing. Fruits reduce risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer. It also helps lose weight. You should definitely add fruits in your diet. Simply pick fruits that you like or that are in season – berries, kiwi, mango, papaya, pineapple, and watermelon. Slice the chosen fruits into bite-size pieces and place in a container. For it to chill, add your choice of fresh juice. Pineapple juice would be nice especially on a hot summer day, or perhaps, grape juice. How about coconut water? Pour the juice, mix it, and place it inside the freezer.
The last one sweet surprise is fun to make. In the Philippines, we call it ice candy. It is the most popular cold dessert because it’s affordable, easy to make and perfect for summer. You will only need two things:
- Ice candy plastic bags
And of course, choose the main ingredient.
- Fruits – If you love fruits, use fruits and your choice of juice. Cut the fruits into pieces that would fit inside the bag. Add 5 slices of fruits (depends on the bag). Using a funnel, pour your choice of juice. Make sure to leave enough space because you will need to tie the end of the bag into a knot.
- Powdered Juice or Fresh Juice – A variety of powdered juice is sold at the supermarket. Some are fruit flavored while some are vegetable flavored. Choose which ones you like. Then dissolve the powder in a small amount of warm water and fill it up with cold. You can also use fresh fruit juice or chocolate powder. Whichever you prefer is fine, really. Same process as the first one, pour the mixture in the bags and tie.
There you have it my three cold and sweet companions for the summer. Even though you have all the cold desserts in your fridge, make sure to drink plenty of water. It is good for both the mind and the body. It prevents headache and dehydration. Or, lemon water every morning for good digestion. Happy summer!