Go go goji berries!

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Go go goji berries!It may sound bizarre, look bizarre and you may have never heard of it before, but after you’ve read its fact sheet you may be adding it to your next meal. Yes, it’s benefits are that uh-mazing.


What is it: A goji berry is also known as a wolfberry and is said to be the next fountain of youth.

Where it’s from: China

Where it’s grown: On an evergreen shrub

What it tastes and looks like: Goji berries are similar in appearance to a raisin, except they are orangey-red in colour. They have a sweet and sour taste and are soft and chewy.

How to eat it: Raw, cooked, dried or used in herbal teas and juices

A good source of: Beta-carotene, iron, calcium, protein and vitamins

Benefits: Goji berries have been said to help treat common health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes and are good for the eyes. This is because they are high in antioxidants that help boost your immune system. Foods rich in antioxidants minimise damage from free radicals that harm our cells, which in turn damage our DNA. They are therefore said to slow down the ageing process as well.

Goji Berry Smoothie

Drink your way to good health with this yummy, easy to make smoothie.
• ¼ cup goji berries
• 2 cups of water
• 1 banana
• ½ cup of fresh or frozen berries (mixed pack is nice)
• drop of honey to sweeten (optional)

If you want to add an extra boost to your smoothie add:
• 1 serving of protein powder

Place all your ingredients into a blender or smoothie maker and mix until contents have been blended and you have reached your desired consistency.
Serve chilled.

Have you eaten goji berries before? Tell us what you think of the smoothie recipe.

Goji berries are available from health stores, pharmacies and leading retail outlets.

Image: Shutterstock.com

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Zoe has a bachelor’s degree in motion picture medium. She loves all things beauty and fashion. When she is not writing articles for the latest issue of Clicks Club Card magazine or BeautySouthAfrica.com, she is obsessed with gel nails, lengthening mascaras and healthy glowing skin! Zoe on Google+

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  1. Sue1N

    On the Go snack packs at Clicks now also have Recharge with Goji Berries available. Very tasty and a good alternative to unhealthy snacks. Also low GI which keeps one fuller for longer.

    5 years ago •

  1. AndreaM

    I love them in my warm Oats with cinnamon, delicious.

    6 years ago •

  1. Anne

    Never tasted the, but have heard only good things

    6 years ago •

  1. Cass1231

    That smoothie looks yummy..give it a try maybe?!

    6 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    Have known about then for sometime but never gave them a try. I might go for them after reading this informative article.

    6 years ago •

  1. mahomed

    where does one find goji berries?

    6 years ago •

  1. Blazezn

    Have had goji berries before, usually have them with my cereal, will try the smoothie recipe

    6 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    I’ve tried it and its quite a pleasant snack on the go! anything healthy and that doesn’t taste awful should be that much of a drab to eat…

    6 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    mmmm love smoothies going to go hunt for these

    6 years ago •

  1. Noma

    I love smoothies but never had a goji berry.

    6 years ago •

  1. Tanya

    Interesting,I’m going to try this smoothie recipe

    6 years ago •

  1. Hima

    Never tasted goji berries before..so sound yummy..

    6 years ago •

  1. Firefly

    Oh I am deff going to try out this Smoothie!! Sounds delicious!

    6 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    I have never tasted it, must make a plan to get my hands on these!

    6 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    I’ve purchased these at a Health store and they Delicious….

    6 years ago •

  1. Anita

    People are raving about these berries, have to try them!

    6 years ago •

  1. Lorraine

    Will have to eat these berries for good eyesight.The smoothie recipe sounds divine.

    6 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    Haven’t eaten them, will try them out though.

    6 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    Wow, fountain of youth? I like the sound of these powerful berries. :)

    6 years ago •

  1. Sam

    Wonderful article. I love Goji berries.

    6 years ago •

  1. BeautyBloggess

    Keen to try out the recipe. I LOVE smoothies but have never tried goji berries before.

    6 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    I have not tasted this ones yet. But they sound like I would like them – sweet and sour always tastes good.

    6 years ago •

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