• Bonni Wildesen Hise

Go Go Goji Berries

The Goji Berry is quickly growing in popularity for its amazing health benefits and now there are some amazingly effortless ways to enjoy this Asian fruit. Goji is available fresh, dried, or in juice form. Here is a run-down on why the Goji Berry should be a staple in your diet and some super simple recipes to start taking advantage of what they can do for you!

With the addition of Goji Berries in your diet, you’ll experience some health benefits such as Cholesterol Control, Anti-Aging, Cardiovascular Protection, Reduce Stress, Improve Digestion, Protects Brain Cells, Protects Liver, Increases Sleep quality and that is only SOME of the benefits. No wonder it’s called a superfood.

Most goji berry recipes are simple and require no cooking whatsoever. Goji trail mix, for example, involves just throwing goji berries in with other dried fruits and grains for a delicious on the go snack. Simple.

Goji bars also demand no cooking and are usually the most popular goji berry recipes. You can simply throw a few goji berries into your salads, just as you would dried cranberries or raisins. Or you can stir goji berries into your favorite yogurt with some muesli for a super healthy breakfast.

A simple rule to use when using goji berries is to replace raisins or cranberries with Goji Berries. It’s just that simple. Try putting goji berries into your chicken or duck marinade, or add goji juice. Many people use raisins and dried cranberries in rice dishes, so why not add goji berries instead?

Goji fruit and juice can be frozen to make an excellent and healthy dessert or treat on a hot day. There are some great goji berry recipes for kids, including simple goji-cicles. Just pour goji juice into an ice cube tray, and stick toothpicks or paddle sticks in to serve as popsicle sticks. You can also make chewy goji bars. Take your usual recipe for fruit and nut bars and add goji berries to the mixture. You might want to blend your own goji smoothies from berries and juice. Goji is such a versatile fruit that it can be adapted and incorporated into most recipes that call for dried fruits.

Here are some of my favorite recipes to incorporate Goji Berries into your diet:

Goji Elixir

Add one handful of Goji Berries into a big glass of hot or cold water, juice, or herb tea, and let them sit and hydrate for 3-5 minutes (they become plump and juicy) or put several handfuls in a pitcher and enjoy all day as you drink your own delicious Goji Berry elixir. Chewing the Gojis as you drink is a great experience and with 500 times more Vitamin C by weight than Oranges, It’s a great pick-me-up between meals and the most delightful way to enjoy a glass of water.

Goji Fruit Smoothie

For a unique experience in phytonutrient energy that you feel throughout your body as a buoyant lift that fills you with joy and feeds you right down to a cellular level. Blend together equal amounts of Goji Berries, blueberries, cherries, apples, raspberries, and blackberries. Put in a blender for a few seconds, add a cup of water, rice milk, or orange juice for easier blending. To add a special touch, dust the top of juice with cinnamon or cocoa powder and a light sprinkle of chopped pine nuts and serve.

Pure and Simple Goji Trail Mix

Mix up a combination of goji berries, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, pecans, a small number of pine nuts, walnut pieces, dried blueberries, apple slices, cherries, peaches, pineapple, and a small number of coconut shreds.

Buckwheat Oats with Goji Berries

For people who struggle with wheat allergies and gluten intolerance, buckwheat is an ideal food. Most people who suffer from physical and emotional challenges find that removing wheat and other gluten-containing foods from their diet makes a profound difference in how they think and feel. Buckwheat has plenty of protein and B vitamins and is rich in phosphorus, potassium, iron, and calcium. Although buckwheat has many grain-like characteristics, it is from an entirely different botanical family and is actually a fruit. Since buckwheat is unrelated to the classic cereal grains, those who are allergic to wheat can tolerate buckwheat. It is also Delicious!

To make a serving for two people: Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, slowly stir in 1 cup of Cream of Buckwheat, return to boil. Add a handful of Goji Berries per person. A dash of good quality salt is optional. Reduce heat to low, simmer 10 minutes stirring frequently.

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