Saturday, September 17, 2011

Goji Goodness!!

I know its been a while but i'm back and you will be getting regular daily posts- so be on the look out. as i said previously i'm working on a huge project that you will all enjoy very soon. i'll give you a hint- it has something to do with my obsession of "green juices"!!! i'll keep you posted.

you must try this amazing goji superfood smoothie. i made it this afternoon for the whole family and it was a hit. it includes the infamous superfood- goji berries- a must-have in everyone's diet. see below for more fabulous info on the goji berry.

goji blueberry bliss:
water of one coconut
meat of one coconut
handful of greens- i used spinach and kale
handful goji berries
handful blueberries
blend it up and enjoy

besides throwing them in smoothies here are some other ways to enjoy them:
-soak them and eat the soaked berries and drink the goji water
-soak them and turn them into puddings such as a spinach goji pudding: just blend soaked goji berries with spinach or any greens and it turns into a yummy pudding- may need to add a date, vanilla stevia drop or mesquite if need more sweetness.
-throw them into salads or raw dehydrated cereals

goji vanilla pudding
this is a recipe i do for the kids- they love it
meat of two young coconuts
1/2-3/4 cup coconut water
1/2 cup goji berries
1 tbsp mesquite
1 vanilla pod or 1 tsp vanilla powder
dash sea salt
- you can eliminate mesquite and vanilla and add a few drops of vanilla stevia

read more about goji berries here:

Superfoods Sleuth Strikes Gold: Goji Gold!

What is a superfood? A superfood is a nutrient rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being. It describes a food with a high phytonutrient content that may confer health benefits as a result.

Goji Berry: The wolf berry, more commonly known as the Goji Berry is a deciduous woody perennial plant found in temperate and subtropical regions in China, Mongolia and the Himalayas of Tibet. Although normally found as shriveled up dried red berries, they are found on an evergreen shrub just like all the traditional berries we’re used to seeing. Goji berries have been used for over 6,000 years by traditional medicine men and herbalists in China, Tibet, and India to treat a number of ailments- it’s even known as the “longevity fruit” as the berries have major immune-enhancing properties. According to research, the compounds found in goji berries enhance our bodies ability to resist disease and slow down cancer!

Why called the ‘wolf berry’? In the 18th century, Chinese farmers nicknamed gou qi zi (The Mandarin name for wolfberry) when they saw wolves feasting among the berry vines during late summer at harvest time.

Notable Benefits of Goji Berries:

Goji Berries are rich in anti-oxidants, particularly carotenoids such as beta-carotene and zeaxanthin—which protect the retina of the eye. Increased intake of foods containing zeanthanin decreases the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in people over 65.

Goji extracts may prevent the growth of cancer cells, reduce blood glucose, and lower cholesterol levels.

Goji berries are listed as the number one food on the ORAC scale, which measures the level of antioxidants in food. The higher foods are in antioxidants, the more capable they are of preventing cell damage!

In addition they…

o Protect the liver
o Lower high blood pressure and cholesterol
o Promote and improve longevity
o Strengthen the legs
o Improve sexual function and fertility
o Prevent cancer and heart disease
o Boost immune function

enjoy- kelly

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