Get Up and Go-ji Berry

You guys are building up a pretty great arsenal of cool new superfoods! I have a major superstar to add to the mix – the Goji berry. This guy is awesome. The orange-y – red berry comes from a shrub native to China and has been used as a fountain-of-youth for centuries. So what does Goji have to offer (besides a great PR person!)? Well, it is the most nutritionally dense fruit around… here is the best of the berry:

Goji berries are filled with powerful antioxidants and other compounds
Goji berries also have compounds rich in vitamin A
Gojis are loaded with protein, Vitamin C, fiber and iron
Goji berry juice promotes:

  • mental well-being and calmness
  • athletic performance
  • happiness
  • quality of sleep
  • feelings of good health

Gojis are commonly available as dried berries – they make a great snack eaten plain or added to trail mix, muesli or oatmeal. You can also soak the berries to rehydrate them a bit. (Just put berries in a bowl and cover with water. After a couple hours soaking time, drain off the water and you’re good to go!) Bring these babies to Water World and create a snazzy new water or add to smoothies for a super breakfast like this one:

Gimme Super-Powers Smoothie

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup Goji berries
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup of your favorite fresh or frozen berries 
  • A little honey or stevia if ya want to sweeten it a bit

Instructions:

Throw everything into a high speed blender and blend for 30-45 seconds or until you get the consistency you like.

Go-ji Berry Snack Blast

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Goji berries
  • 1 cup dried apricot 
  • 1 cup dried papaya 
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup sliced almonds


Instructions:

Combine ingredients and enjoy! This is a great one for the kids to put together themselves – no oven required!

Chickpea Goji Salad

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Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can mandarin orange segments, drained
  • 2/3 cup dried goji berries
  • 1 red onion, diced 
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small piece fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 cup parsley, chopped
  • 4 oz feta cheese, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

 

Instructions:

Toast almonds in a dry skillet over medium heat, until golden brown, about 4 minutes, stirring often. Don’t let ‘em burn!

Combine all ingredients in large bowl. Store in the fridge for several hours before serving. Easy peasy, right?

Is there a weird or unusual food you’d like me to write about? Share with me below!

-Dean

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Gourmet Dad
  • NathouFranckLiam

    Thank you for these ideas for new and original recipes. we also find in France the goji berry but I’ve never tried. so I’ll test goji chickpea salad (without the chilli and ginger).

  • Dean McDermott

    Oh definitely! These recipes are guidelines and I love that you are exploring ways to make them your own :)