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The Goodness of Goji Berries

Have you had a chance to try goji berries yet? I was shopping on iherb.com a few months ago and needed another item to qualify me for free shipping (Yep, I’m a sucker for free shipping!) and decided to purchase a bag of dried goji berries since I had heard a lot of hype about them but never tried them before.

When they arrived a week later, I tore the bag open and had a handful immediately. Delicious! They instantly became my new obsession. These chewy berries have a tart yet slightly sweet taste to them. They don’t taste like any other berries I’ve tried before and it did not take long for me to start snacking (perhaps a little too much) on them daily.

So, what’s the deal with these particular berries? For starters, goji berries (pronounced go-jee) come from the mountains of the Himalayans and have been popular amongst the Asian culture since ancient times. Unlike other dried fruits, just 1 oz. of dried goji berries contains 4g Protein and 3g of Fiber. Beyond that, goji berries contain antioxidants, amino acids, and essential fatty acids. They contain over 20 trace minerals and vitamins and are an excellent source of vitamin A and E. They rightfully earn the title of a superfood.

Just one serving of goji berries a day will increase your energy, support your immune system, slow down the aging process and boost brain health. Try incorporating goji berries into your diet. There are several different goji berry products besides just the dried berries. I recently found a bag of frozen goji berries at my local Whole Foods Store and I find a small bowl of them is a really refreshing snack as is but also tasty thrown into a smoothie. There is goji powder as well that can be used for smoothies or baking and although I haven’t tried it before, goji juice. Just make sure when you buy any of these products that the only ingredient listed is goji berries.

The Spunky Coconut has a great recipe for Goji & Raw Cacao Pie if you’re looking for something to put these nutritious berries into.

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