Recipe: Strawberry-Basil Ice-Cream

Homemade ice cream can be a tradition, and discovering new ways to make this frozen favorite can lead to delicious delights. Several incredible flavors collide in this refreshing treat. There is the sweet sensation of coarsely chopped fresh strawberries. Then, there is the richness of sweetened condensed milk. Fresh lemon juice brings in a crisp tartness. And the fresh basil adds the right note of fresh herbs. You will love how these tastes all come together to give you the true experiences of summer, creating an incredible seasonal treat. You will savor every scoop.

Photo: Hector Sanchez

Blue Bell fans, this news is for you.

Let’s be honest, here — if you have an unrelenting sweet tooth, ice cream for breakfast doesn’t sound good; it sounds great.
 Your dreams may just become a reality, and you won’t even have to feel bad about it. According to a recent study in Japan, munching on Ben & Jerry’s after a period of rest will increase brain activity. The experiment was conducted by Yoshihiko Koga, a professor at Tokyo’s Kyorin University, The Telegraph reports. Koga specializes in psychophysiology, and he examines the connections between food and stress levels. For this particular study, Koga organized specific test groups: After waking up, one group ate ice cream while the other didn’t. Both completed mental exercises on a computer…and guess which group outperformed the other? You guessed it. The ones who ate ice cream displayed faster reactions and improved information-processing skills. It boiled down to an upsurge in high-frequency alpha brain waves. And if you’re wondering whether the rush of consuming something cold put the test subjects on high alert, thus rendering the study baseless, have no fear. The professor repeated the study with cold water, and though test subjects did exhibit higher mental capacities, it didn’t have quite the same effects.  Professor Koga is currently studying whether a certain ingredient is responsible for the enhancement, or if it’s simply the fact that ice cream brings about positive emotion and energy.

Either way, we’ll take it. Pair this info with the research asserting that chocolate improves your memory, and we see no reason to dig into a little mocha treat come sunrise here and there.