Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Goji Berry Nut Bars!,

Goji Berries are one of my favorite new snacks, and it's easy to see why! This superfood is both a fruit and herb that is a powerhouse of antioxidants!

Also known as wolf berries, these berries have been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years as natural remedies for hypertension, diabetes, malaria, and fever.  While no research study has found conclusive evidence on these uses, there's no doubt Goji berries are both nutritious and delicious!

Goji berries are loaded with beta-carotene (similar to carrots and sweet potatoes!), helping your skin health.  They are an excellent source of Vitamin C, thus helping to boost the immune system.  They have one of the highest rankings on the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) scale, have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial naturally-occuring compounds, and are a super source of dietary fiber.  Not to mention, Goji berries have the highest concentration of protein of any fruit!

You can eat Goji berries by themselves, or soak them in warm water first.  They go perfect with granola, trail mixes, smoothies, salads, and yogurt.  I decided to use them to help rev up some protein/snack bars, also using prunes as a medjool date substitute.  Here's a yummy Goji Berry Nut Bar recipe to get you started in your experience with Goji berries.  No baking required!  All the ingredients are to taste, so alter the amounts and ingredients however you like for your snack bar!

Goji Berry Nut Bar Recipe

1 cup prunes (may substitute medjool dates)
1/3 cup organic shredded coconut
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1/2 cup Goji berries
1/3 cup raw pecans
2 tablespoons organic honey
1/3 cup organic coconut oil

Add all ingredients to a food processor, staggering or you can add multiple ingredients at once.  Spread mix on parchment paper and refrigerate. Enjoy!








Blessings,

Lindsay

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