So Goji … what are they? how do I use them? and why would I use them? Firstly they are dried red berries which you may also see being referred to as Wolf Berry and Tibetan Berry with their Latin name being Lycium barbarum (always a useful reference for identification in our global shopping market) . They have been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and are said to be used by the Tibetan monks for meditation, increased health & vitality, energy & stamina. The monks traditionally steeped them in hot water to sip on the infusion and mediate, we can find them dried in most health stores and are great as a quick & simple snack for 'on the go' or utilised in recipes, for which there are many! and also as a simple but effective garnish. What's not to love?
Then we get onto the benefits and there's so much more to love! Low in calories & fat free, full of fibre & antioxidants (including beta-carotene) leading to a useful weight management beauty which can also fight disease and maintain our health & wellness. This 'superfood berry' contains in excess of 20 vitamins & minerals, amino acids and phytonutrients making them great for treating colds, flus, depression & anxiety, skin & eye conditions.
Here you can see it as a breakfast dish, a bircher made with the berries and served with a Turmeric Latte (golden milk) just to mix up the colours, textures and tastes for a beautiful tasty balance.
To make a Goji bircher
150g organic rolled oats
420ml organic oat milk
60ml apple juice
3tbs fresh lemon juice (I always use unwaxed lemons)
1 organic British apple cored & grated (with the peel on)
1 tsp Madagascan organic vanilla extract
i handful dried Goji berries (Leave some over to sprinkle & garnish with)
1 handful organic hazel nuts
Organic fairtrade banana to top
Combine the oats, oat milk, apple juice & lemon and leave to rest overnight in the fridge
In the morning add the grated apple, stir in the cinnamon, vanilla, Goji berries and hazelnuts
Sprinkle with some Goji berries & nuts on top too for a lovely colour pop
I also use this as a sweet lunch pot or 1500 snack to keep me going! Its full of fibre and very filling so a really good boost for breakfast, lunch or mid afternoon treat
Relax and enjoy with a turmeric latte, herbal tea or cacao oat milk hot chocolate