Goji Berries: A Berry Packed with Protein!

Have you ever heard of goji berries? If you have not, then it is time to get to know them!

Goji berries, sometimes called wolfberries, are small, red, look a bit like raisons and have been a staple food in Chinese culture and herbal medicine since the first century A.D.

Goji berries are perhaps one of the most nutritionally dense fruits on the planet! Goji berries contain 18 kinds of amino acids, more beta-carotene than carrots, more vitamin C than carrots and up to 21 trace minerals such as iron (more than soybeans or spinach), zinc, copper, calcium, germanium, selenium, and phosphorus. Goji berries have been recommended for anemia, dizziness, inflammation, enhanced immunity, improved circulation, stronger eyesight, liver and kidney health as well as an increased sense of well-being. They are also one of the only known foods to stimulate the secretion of human growth hormone thought to inhibit the classic signs of aging.

You can find gogi berries in the dried fruit and nut section of your local health food shop or Whole Foods or you can purchase them online. One of my favorite brand’s is Go Hunza. Their Go Take a Hike, which is a trailmix of goji berries, mulberries, raisons, cacoa nibs, cashews and pistachios, and their small bag of goji berries are delicious and perfect to take on the go!

As spring is upon us and we are dashing around the city preparing for year end events and activities and preparing ourselves for summer, it is an ideal time to add goji berries to your regime! Because goji berries are so portable, they are great to take with you in a bag on the go and I also recommend adding goji berries to yogurt, cereal, smoothies and even salads!

Another one of my favorite things to do is to add them to water and let them soak. This concoction is packed with nutrients and great to take along with you on busy days or for replenishing after long runs or challenging workouts!

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