Recommended Serving Size: 1/4 cup
A berry hailing from the Himalaya, goji berries have been getting lots of superfood attention. Gram for gram, you’ll find more vitamin C than oranges and more beta-carotene than carrots. Goji berries are incredibly nutrient dense. They’re similar to raisins, but have a tart flavor.
You can find goji berries at any health food store, your local whole foods or online.With the attention they’re getting these days, you may even find them at your standard grocery store. I get mine from Essential Living Foods.
One serving of goji berries is about 1/4 of a cup – a small handful that contains 9-12mg of iron (that’s actually more than steak + 67% of what you need in a day), 4 grams of protein and 20mg of vitamin C. Eating these little berries also gives you 180% of your daily dose of vitamin A plus calcium, fiber, 11 essential dietary minerals, 22 trade dietary minerals and 18 amino acids.
Why you should eat ’em
- High in vitamin A, goji berries are great for your eyes. They are also packed with a zeaxanthin, a compound known to prevent age-related eye degeneration.
- They can improve circulation
- Goji berries can reduce joint pain
- Can help to reduce cholesterol because they are high in anti-oxidants and fiber
- They contain vitamin D + other nutrients that strengthen your immune system
- Their nutrients are particularly nourishing for your liver and kidneys
Storage + Preparation
Goji berries are shelf stable and if stored in a cool, dry environment, keep well for over a year. Store yours in a glass jar with a tight lid in your cupboard. You can enjoy them raw or cooked. They’re usually found dried, but after a few minutes in water take on a plump juicy texture.
A few ways to eat goji berries
- Added to smoothies
- Mixed into warm oatmeal
- A sweet topping for pancakes
- On top of salads
- Try adding to a bottle of water for subtle flavor
- Mixed with nuts, seeds + other dried fruits for a quick and healthy snack
Essential Living Foods is the Superfood brand I choose. For more information on Goji Berries – click on the image below.