The Amazing Goji Berry
Have you tried goji berries? I am loving them in several of the recipes in my Clean & Lean Winter Reboot that officially kicked off yesterday. From the Himalayas, goji berries are known as superfoods and since they’re packed with nutrition and health benefits, it’s easy to see why.
Goji berries have been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine. Immune boosting and super high in antioxidants, they have been known to help energy levels, quality of sleep, ability to focus, calmness and overall well-being. Additionally, anecdotal claims have goji berries helping with cancer, heart disease, blood pressure and arthritis.
These little red berries are nutrition powerhouses! They’re high in protein, high in fiber, and over 20 vitamins and minerals. Goji berries have more beta-carotene than carrots and more iron than spinach. They are also high in vitamins C & A, making them great for your skin and eyes. But wait, there’s more! They’re also great for your liver and kidney which is why they are often included in cleanses like the one I’m doing with my group.
So they’re great for you, but how do they taste? I am loving the sweet tart flavor. They’re chewy and the flavor is kind of a cross between a cranberry and a cherry. I have been munching on them in a tasty raw trail mix recipe from the Clean & Lean Reboot that has goji berries, cacao nibs, seeds and a few other yummy ingredients.
However, they are not for everyone. Goji berries can interact with certain medication so you shouldn’t add goji berries to your diet if you have low blood sugar, are using blood thinners such as warfarin, have low or high blood pressure, or are breastfeeding or pregnant (they can cause miscarriage).
If you’re not in any of those camps, I recommend giving these little red jewels a try. They’re sweet tart and tasty and very, very good for you.
Let me know in the comments below how you like to eat goji berries!