Healthy Treat – Sundae Tea
Mint and ice-cream may not sound like the perfect ‘bedfellows’, but in fact the flavours go brilliantly together, because ice-cream is such a versatile medium. You can even combine it with garlic (which I’ve tried and found surprisingly good).
Of course, how good this sundae is depends entirely on the quality of the ice-cream; you’ll be very disappointed if you try it with cheap, non-dairy varieties. This is another treat that is great for the kids and so much healthier than a cola float. Youngsters may prefer it sweetened with maple syrup, which is a good alternative to.
As a variation, try it with chocolate ice-cream – it’s better than after-dinner mints!
2 peppermint tea bags
2 tsps runny honey
2 small scoops organic vanilla ice-cream
1. Put the tea bags into two large, heatproof glasses, cover with boiling water and leave to brew. Remove the tea bags.
2. Squeeze the juice from the lemon, add half to each glass and grate enough rind for about two tablespoons.
3. Divide the honey between the glasses and stir to dissolve.
4. Cool, then leave in the fridge to chill.
5. When ready to serve, add the ice-cream and scatter with the grated lemon rind.
Real dairy ice-cream is a healthy occasional treat, as it provides plenty of calcium and potassium. Non-dairy ice-cream may be made with animal fats and hydrogenated vegetable fats, which are both extremely unhealthy. Dairy ice-cream does contain around 4g saturated fat per 100g, and while this is little compared with sausages, meat pies, and other manufactured meat products, it’s still enough to suggest that you avoid overindulgence.
The natural oils from the peppermint tea do improve digestion, so this is a good alternative to a dessert.