Superfoods Focus: Goji Berries
Love Food & Yoga Titbits: 30 April 2014: Superfoods Focus: Goji Berries
These gorgeous bright red berries sure pack a punch when it comes to nutritional value. Superfood guru, David Wolfe, describes them as potentially the most nutritionally rich berry-fruit on the planet. Gojis are a powerful antioxidant, a complete protein source, they contain all eight essential amino acids, trace minerals including zinc, iron, copper and calcium, as well as vitamins B1, B2, B6, and vitamin E. They have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compounds. Grown in China and used in Chinese Medicine for thousands of years to treat diabetes, high blood pressure and believed to promote longevity of life, goji berries are now widely available, albeit often at a price. But the benefits gained from adding them to your diet would appear to be worth it: liver and kidney support, keeping the brain young, glowing skin, protection of eye health, reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Tibetans apparently refer to this superfruit as the ‘key to eternal youth’. But the best bit has to be their taste. To me gojis almost taste like fizzy sweets, so good! Yet they have a low glycaemic index and are known to actually reduce sugar cravings: winner! They’re pretty versatile too – here are a few ways to add these nutritious beauties to your diet:
• Add gojis to your morning porridge or granola
• Create a goji smoothie blending with frozen fruits and nut milk
• Eat them on their own as a snack
• Make a goji trail mix with a variety of nuts and seeds
• Superfood your salad by sprinkling gojis on top
• Make raw energy balls with dates, gojis, nuts, seeds, cacao etc.
• Add them to baking e.g. goji cookies / scones
• Make goji jam or sauce
• Soak gojis in water for a delicious drink OR
• Soak gojis in coconut water for double power nutritious deliciousness!
Author : Anthea Grimason is a yoga teacher and self professed foodie. Working independently and also for world renowned Samahita Yoga Retreat in Thailand, Anthea loves to shares her nutrition and wellness tips on everything from super foods, ayurvedic principles and raw food to simple water. She has her own magazine column here called Love Food & Yoga Titbits as well as posting longer articles.
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