We kick off the superfood series with one of the more popular foods, Goji berries. Also known as wolfberries, these red berries come from China and can be easily incorporated into your diet. The benefits you can look forward to from consuming these berries include:
- Healthy Skin- Goji berries are packed beta-carotene which can help to promote healthy skin.
- Antioxidant Rich- It’s no secret that many berries contain lots of antioxidants. Goji berries are no exception, they are packed full of antioxidants.
- Protection For The Eyes- Goji berries contain zeaxanthin which is a specific type of antioxidant known to protect the eye against certain diseases.
- Adaptogen- Goji berries are an adaptogenic food which should be reason enough if you are an athlete to be consuming these. Adaptogens will help your body resist stress, fatigue, etc. Everyone can benefit from adaptogenic foods, especially athletes who are always fatiguing their bodies and putting themselves under stress.
There are other benefits to goji berries (some scientifically proven, some not so much) but I think this list of 4 is more than enough to get you to start thinking about using goji berries in your life.
How Do I Eat Them?
Goji berries are really easy to incorporate into any meal or snack. You can make a tea, eat them raw, put them in smoothies, add them to trail mix. I use them in one of my favorite smoothies, The Happy Go Lucky Smoothie. Sometimes when I remember, I’ll add them to a nut/seed mix as a snack as well.
Where Do I Find Them?
If you aren’t up for going to China to harvest some, you can find Goji berries at bulk food stores, speciality stores, and I’ve even started to see Goji berries in major food chains (in Canada) as well. Next time you see some, pick them up and try them out in my smoothie or whatever recipe you want!