Over the past few weeks we have chatted about the amazing benefits of 2 of our favourite superfoods. The powerful protein packed Hempseed and the awesomely energizing Maca root!!
Now lets chat about our favourite berry, the Goji Berry!! These superfoods have actually been successfully grown in Canada too! ( both Nova Scotia and B.C)
The Goji berry has been named “the fountain of youth” and the chinese hold a strong belief that these berries can significantly extend life. One legend talks of a man said to have lived to the age of 252 years old and consuming goji berries daily, interesting little fact!
The Goji Berry is an adaptogen ( balances and stabilizes the body naturally) and so it is responsible for so many therapeutic actions.
They boost the immune system, protect the liver, improve blood quality, are packed with anti-aging compounds being one of the best sources of anti-oxidants out there.
Seen as perhaps the most nutritionally rich berry/fruit on our planet our list of benefits is huge!!
-Complete protein source
-Contains 20 plus trace minerals
-High in B vitamins
-2-4 times the amount of anti-oxidants than blueberries
-Goji berries are known to stimulate the body to make more human growth hormones ( anti-aging, anti-aging, anti-aging!!!)
-Beneficial for the kidneys and adrenals
As usual there are just too many stellar qualities to list, okay okay why not a few more, well Goji Berries also contain a large amount of hydrogen and are quite hydrating ( great as a snack in the hot weather).
They also contain choline which combats free-radical damage and can boost brain function too.
Goji berries taste simply delicious so they are perfect when consumed on their own, but they can be added to so many great things and are available not only in their true berry form but also in powders and juices as well. We add them to smoothies, teas ( helpful for digestive issues), perfect added to trail mixes and on top of salads too.
With the hot weather upon us we thought we’d share a nice refreshing Goji Berry recipe, a thirst quenching electrolyte beverage!
-Soak 1 cup of Goji Berries in about 6 cups or so of young coconut water for approx 4 hours.
Strain the berries out ( use in a smoothie or raw pudding) but keep the soak water as the base for your drink.
-Add the juice of one lemon and one lime
-Add 1 tbsp of agave nectar
-1 pinch of himalayan salt
-1 handful of fresh organic mint leaves
Sit back relax and enjoy!!
Please let us know what your favourite ways are to enjoy these wonderful berries, do you eat them everyday?