Gou Qi Zi: Goji Berries Are as Nutritious as They Are Delicious!

The goji berry (Lycium Barbarum), also known as the wolf berry, grows on a bush in the Himalayas. In recent years, it’s been deemed as a super food but Chinese Medicine practitioners have been aware of the benefits of goji for thousands of years. Goji is known as a nutritive (yin) tonic that is good for boosting overall immune functions, has anti-aging properties, and promotes good eyesight. It has anti-oxidants for fighting free radicals and also helps to nourish and tonify the liver (the spring organ) as it enters the liver channel. Tonic herbs are plants that have properties that are stimulating and enhancing, which means an herb like goji berry is a promoter rather than an inhibitor. Goji is good for just that – creating a feeling of wellness and vigor. The fruit itself is sweet, neutral, and moistening. It certainly has a raisin-like texture with a brighter flavor. There are many different ways to consume the little red raisin, whether you want it in a smoothie, a soup, or a tea. Check out our recipe below for overnight soaked oats with Goji berries for a super easy, nutritious, and delicious breakfast!


Overnight Oats with Goji Berries

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Oats
  • 1.5 cups of any alternative milk (coconut, almond, hemp, rice, etc…)
  • 1 handful of Goji Berry
  • 2 tbsp of your favorite berry jam
  • Honey

Preparation:

  • Mix two cups of oats with the milk and jam
  • Cover and allow to soak overnight in the refrigerator
  • In the morning. stir the soaked oats, top with goji berries (as many as you’d like) and drizzle with honey. Enjoy!

 

*We’ll have plenty of goji at the office for the spring-summer transition so ask us about it at your next visit!

**Source: Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica by Dan Bensky, Steven Clavey & Erich Stoger

 

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