The West's interest in goji berries is relatively recent compared to their use for thousands of years in China, Tibet and India, both in food and as a constituent of traditional Chinese herbal medicine phytotherapy formulas.
The consumption of these small red berries can be made directly from the packaging or in creative recipes, marrying goji with dried and fresh fruits, in mueslis, teas, shakes. It can even hydrate the berries in water. This is great for drinking and as a base for culinary recipes.
Among the beneficial properties attributed to goji berries are the anti aging, anti-inflammatory, adjuvant effects to lower cholesterol levels, bone strengthening, arthritis combat, fortifies the immune system.
As with everything else in food, you should know how to consume goji berries in moderation. The alleged beneficial effects will not increase just because you will taste massive doses of this food. It is advisable not to exceed the consumption of 45 g per day.
Energizing smoothie of banana and kiwi with goji berries and cocoa
Peel a large banana and kiwi. Cut the stem of a celery and separate the leaves from the stems of spinach. Reduce the spinach leaves to pieces until you fill a cup.
Put in a blender all the above ingredients, plus the contents of a cup of parsley, 3 tablespoons of goji berries, 2 dl of coconut water. Mash well.
Transfer the liquid to a glass and sprinkle with a pinch of flaxseed and chia seeds. Serve immediately.
Antioxidant soup made from strawberry and goji
In a small bowl, combine two tablespoons of ground flaxseed, three tablespoons of goji berries and 250 ml of unsweetened almond milk. Let it stand for 15 minutes, to let the goji berries soften and the flaxseed to thicken.
Pour the almond milk, 300 g of strawberries cut into quarters, 140 g of Greek yogurt, two teaspoons of vanilla essence and two teaspoons of honey in the blender. Beat for 30 seconds or until soup is creamy.
Finish sprinkling with whole linseed seeds, to give a crisp note of dried fruit, or overlapping frozen strawberries, for a thicker consistency.
This soup serves 750 ml. The individual dose indicated is 500 ml. It is stored two days in the refrigerator and eight weeks in the freezer.
(Source: "Souping" book)
Tomato soup with goji berries
Chop two onions and three cloves of garlic and saute in a pan with a string of olive oil and a bay leaf.
Add 400 g of ripe tomato, four potatoes cut into pieces and 100 g of tomato pulp. Add water that covers all the ingredients and let it boil. Check the need to add more water during the boil.
After the vegetables are cooked, remove the bay leaf, season with salt, the pepper a teaspoon of sugar (to regulate the acidity of the tomato).
Shred and bring to boil again, adding 100 g of spinach.
Serve with 50 g of roasted pine nuts and 50 g of goji berries.
(Source: Blog "Saliva")
Salty pancakes with cottage cheese and goji berries
Put in the blender 150 ml of almond drink to the unsweetened natural, three tablespoons of buckwheat flour, one tablespoon of chia seeds, 100 g of boiled sweet potatoes, reduced to puree, 200 g of spinach fresh baked, a large egg. Dispose first the liquid ingredients and finally the solids. Mix to obtain a dough with a homogeneous texture.
Bring a non-stick frying pan with 1 dl of extra virgin olive oil and, when it is hot, place a small amount of dough in it. Let it cook until it starts to form small air bubbles and the surface of the dough in contact with the frying pan is firm, turn the pancake and cook on the other side. Repeat the same procedure until the dough is finished.
Serve the pancakes barred with curd cheese, using about 25 g to 30 g of curd cheese for pancake. Add some goji berries (about a small handful for each pancake) and sprinkle with pepper. Serve immediately.
Oatmeal muffins, blueberries and goji berries
Turn the oven to 180 ° C and grease small shapes with vegetable cream. Wash half a lemon with the peel, remove the pevides and cut it into pieces. Then pour in the blender, add 140 g of fresh cheese, three eggs, two tablespoons of sunflower oil and three tablespoons of yellow sugar and mash well until you get a creamy mixture. Remove and pour into a bowl.
Add 200 g of oatmeal, 1 teaspoon of yeast and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder and beat very well. Add three tablespoons of goji berries, 150 g of blueberries and mix. Divide the dough into the shapes, without overfilling and bake for 20 minutes. Check the cooking with a toothpick, remove and let stand. Then unmold and serve cold.