I’m dating myself badly here, but I remember the Good Humor Man. He’d drive his white truck through the neighborhood, ringing those signature bells, and kids would run out to get an ice cream fix. Which to me meant just one thing—Creamsicles!
It would just be amazing, I said to Chef Jeannette one day, if you could come up with a healthy version of a Creamsicle! Or at least a “less bad” version of the original.
No problemo, she replied, and within a week or two sent me this terrific recipe, which more than fits the bill. Not convinced? The original Creamsicle contains a dozen or so ingredients, including maltodextrin, maltitol syrup, glycerin, citric acid, guar gum, locust bean gum, and aspartame. Chef Jeannette’s version has orange juice, honey, and ginger. Get my point?
So while these Moroccan Dreamsicles aren’t technically “fast food” (they do need a bit of freezer time), they really come together in flash. And if you threw in a scoop of vanilla protein powder they’d make an instant mini-meal, perfect for August when you want protein but need something cooling. Plus, they’re low in sugar—especially for something that would normally come from the ice cream truck! —Dr. Jonny
Featured Nutrient: Ginger
Many people are already aware of ginger’s awesome ability to soothe an upset stomach and end nausea. By stimulating saliva, it may also aid digestion. And ginger ale has long been a favorite for upset stomach for a very good reason: It works. In one study, ginger performed better than Dramamine in warding off seasickness. And its active ingredient gingerol—which is responsible for the herb’s pungent taste—is listed in the USDA database of phytochemicals as an antiemetic, meaning it has the property of preventing nausea and vomiting.
Research also shows that gingerol is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. In one study of 247 people with osteoarthritis of the knee, people taking ginger extract experienced less pain overall and required less pain medication.
Two grams of ginger powder daily will also lower blood sugar. A 2015 study found that diabetics taking 2 grams of ginger powder daily lowered their fasting blood sugar by 12 percent over the course of three months.
If you take blood-thinning medication (such as Coumadin), check with your health practitioner before taking ginger supplements, since ginger also tends to have a blood-thinning effect.
Try our Moroccan Dreamsicles recipe!
Notes from the Clean Food Coach
These ice pops are a fun twist on the Moroccan dessert of sliced oranges with cinnamon and orange blossom water—a perfect meal finisher on a hot August evening. To make ginger juice, grate a small handful of the fresh root (no need to peel it), and squeeze the gratings with a clean hand to extract the juice.