Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤ This holiday has never really been that big of a deal to me, as I am a firm believer in telling the people that you love and hold dear to your heart, that you love them each and every day…and whenever at all possible. Why not!? Anyways, not only do I love my family, friends and boyfriend immensely, but I also love goji berries! (and chocolate, definitely chocolate too). So…what better day than to share my love for all of the above, than on the holiday that celebrates love? – Saint Valentine’s Day!
Anyways, enough of that. Goji (“go-gee”) berries are commonly referred to as a “Superfood” – what’s a “Superfood” anyways? It’s a marketing term (I think) but I also do think that they do have merit to their big title. Foods that are classified as such as supposed to be ‘nutrient-rich, and considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being’. Apparently Goji berries (aka “wolf berries”) are one of these so called Superfoods. Goji is a berry from the Himalayas that is very high in vitamins b & c, beta carotene (found in carrots), potassium, and are very rich in antioxidants and amino acids. What does this translate into? Apparently goji berries are believed to benefit your heart, skin and immune system, and even claim to help fight cancer. Wowza…pretty good stuff!? Sounds like it, but too much of anything is never good and could be toxic when consumed in excessive amounts (but we all know that anyways).
I love putting goji berries on top of smoothies, in oats, trail mixes, desserts and just for snacking on their own. I like their chewy texture, and am a fan of their cranberry-strawberry like taste. Very decorative too – as you can see, they can be organized pretty nicely into a heart shape! Fitting, for the day that celebrates love (I thought at least) <3.