Monday, 24 June 2013

Little Chewy Delights!

One of my most favourite ingredients in all of the sugar free baking and cooking I do is the Goji berry. They are so delicious added to anything and add such a lot of healthy goodness . So today's blog is to pay tribute to them and let you know why they are such a good addition to your diet.

Goji berries can also be known as wolf berries. They originate from Asia, and have been eaten there for many, many years in the hope that those consuming them will live longer (one reason anyway!) . 

They have been used to treat many health challenges such as diabetes, blood pressure, fever, and even age related eye problems. We can eat them dry, raw, and cooked in teas, baked food, juices, and herbal teas, or mix with nuts  as the perfect snack. 

Like all other berries, Goji berries are full of antioxidants , which may take away the destructive power of those nasties : free radicals . Anti-oxidants can help rescue the risk of some serious diseases.
They'll also provide the body with vitamins B1, B2, B6 and E , all of which are essential for breaking down amino acids and fats, and converting carbs to energy.

Goji berries also contain vitamin A which has anti ageing benefits , apparently , also, they contain weight for weight more vitamin C than oranges, more beta carotene than carrots and more iron than steak ! And they taste so great. They're chewy, not too sweet, and stay chewy when baked. I add them to flapjack and they complement the oats really well boosting the health benefits of this traditional baked snack ( made sugar free of course).

All in all these dried little berries are a worthy addition to anyone's diet.

Try adding them to granola, sprinkling on top of yoghurt, mixing with seeds for an afternoon snack, baking with them in biscuits, flapjack and cakes and crumbles. The opportunities are endless.

And they're available in supermarkets too! Easy to get hold of.

Enjoy. Rx

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