5 Reasons why goji berries are great
I like to eat a handful of goji berries every day, either sprinkled on my breakfast bowl or just as a snack. One Green Planet shares five reasons why you should do the same :)
1. They give you vitamins A, B and C
Goji berries are an excellent source of B vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin. They contain 500 times more vitamin C per weight than an orange and generally have more beta-carotene than carrots. A ¼ cup serving of goji berries contains 180 percent of your RDA of vitamin A and 30 percent of your RDA of vitamin C.
3. They are a complete protein
According to Kirk Bachelder in “Dried Goji Berries,” as quoted by Livestrong, “goji berries contain 19 amino acids, including the eight essential amino acids. These berries therefore are a nearly complete source of protein, providing 13 percent more protein than weight.”
4. They are anti-inflammatory
Beta-sitosterol is an anti-inflammatory agent that is present in goji berries. It can help lower cholesterol, protect against heart disease, and promote sexual health. The Vegetarian Times writes that “Beta-sitosterol has been used to treat everything from fibromyalgia, asthma, allergies, hair loss, chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus. It is a plant substance similar to cholesterol that appears to lower cholesterol levels by limiting the amount of cholesterol that can enter the body.”
5. They taste great in vegan dishes
Goji berries can be cooked into vegan dinner dishes, eaten in vegan breakfast bowls, or eaten dried as a snack. They’re great in muffins, raw desserts, salads, and energy bars. They’re often eaten dried, but they’re also available as a powder, juice or supplement. Try making gluten-free goji berries, goji enery bites, quinoa salad with figs, purslane and goji and raw vegan chocolate pudding tart with coconut cream and goji berries.
Source: One Green Planet
Raw vanilla chia seed pudding with raspberries
Photos and recipe via Pastry Affair
I am totally into green juices and smoothies, so I wanted to share a really easy and delicious mix I often use. Mix the following ingredients in a blender or with a hand mixer:
juice from one orange or unsweetened apple juice
juice from one lemon
Photo borrowed from here
What is your favourite green juice combo?
Craving something sweet this afternoon?
Why not try these (vegan) orange poppy seed muffins by La Gallette?
Find the recipe here
Sugarfree, flourless chickpea blondies with nut butter and dark chocolate
The original recipe calls for peanut butter, but I am thinking almond or hazelnut butter will work really well here, too.
Spicy thai noodle soup
by Heather Cristo. Super simple recipe (8 ingredients!) here
Kale & Quinoa Salad with Almonds, Dates and Citrus Dressing
A perfect light lunch. Add your favorite tofu or some roasted root vegetables for a more filling meal.
Find the recipe here
Avocado on Swedish knäckebröd (rye crisp bread)
This is what is for breakfast today :-)
MY FAVOURITE NATURAL COLD REMEDY
I feel a cold creeping up…
This is my Monday morning defense:
1 squeezed orange
1 squeezed lemon
1-2 cms of fresh ginger, wash the peel and leave it on, this is where lots of the good stuff is ;-)
A few spoons of pomegranate seeds
1 teaspoon of honey
Mix together and gulp it down!
What is your best (natural) cold remedy? Would love it if you post your recipes or photos below :-)