Goji berries, also known as wolfberries, are an antioxidant-rich food native to southeastern Europe and Asia. They have been used for over 6,000 years in China, Tibet and India for healing and medicinal treatments—they were so highly regarded that they were known as “red diamonds.” In the 1730s, the Duke of Argyll introduced goji berries to the United Kingdom as the “Duke of Argyll’s Tea Tree.” In recent years, goji berries have received increasingly more public attention because of their nutritional value.
Goji berries have been used in the past to help eyesight, protect the liver, boost immune function, improve circulation and promote longevity. Today, they are known for their significant quantities of amino acids, dietary minerals, and vitamins. Goji berries are regarded as one of the healthiest foods in the world.
Goji berries are usually found in dried form and have a pinkish color. The have roughly the same size and texture as raisins but have a milder taste. Goji berries and goji juice can be found in health food stores and online stores. They can be added to trail mixes, granola bars, salads, and pilafs or can be eaten raw. Goji berries are so trusted for their healthful benefits that you can even find them in soaps and lotions.
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Powerpacked Trail Mix
This is one of most powerpacked trail mixes full of antioxidants, fiber and other good stuff!
1 cup goji berries
1 cup dried blueberries or raisins
1/2 cup walnuts or pecans
1/2 cup almonds (raw)
1/2 cup dried coconut shreds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup raw cocoa nibs
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (if you dont have cocoa nibs)
1 tablespoon flax seeds
Mix all ingredients. Experiment by adding more of your favorite ingredients or changing the proportions of these ingredients. Enjoy!
2 cups water
1 tablespoon Cacao Nibs
1/2 cup dried goji berries
1 tablespoon agave nector (or honey)
1/2 cup orange juice with pulp
1 tablespoon wheat germ (if you are not allergic to gluten)
2 cups almond milk
A pinch of sea salt
4-5 ice cubes
1. Soak dried goji berries in warm water for atleast an hour until they plump up
2. Blend all ingredients. Add more sweetener if required.
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