HEALTHY RECIPES: Goji Berries and Aloe Vera

HEALTHY RECIPES: Goji Berries and Aloe Vera

Goji berries are now widely available in many health food and specialty food stores, although they used to be available only in Asian groceries. Used in Chinese medicine for over 6,000 years, goji berries are most commonly sold dried, although there are now goji berry juices and extracts. Touted for their antioxidant properties, goji berries may boost your immune system, improve your brain function, increase your life expectancy and reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer. Full of nutrients, goji berries are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, iron and dietary fiber.

Aloe Vera contains over 200 active components including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, polysaccharide, and fatty acids – no wonder it’s used for such a wide range of remedies! The bulk of the aloe vera leaf is filled with a clear gel-like substance, which is approximately 99% water. Humans have used aloe therapeutically for over 5000 years – that’s a good enough track record for me!

Here’s two delicious ways to get your goji berries and aloe vera intake:

ANTIOXIDANT ACAI SMOOTHIE
1 cup coconut / almond milk
1 ripe avocado
1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
1 tbsp goji berries (blended or sprinkled on top)
1 tbsp carob powder
1 teaspoon raw almond butter
1/2 tbsp organic cacao nibs (blended or sprinkled on top)
1 tsp chia seeds (blended or sprinkled on top )
1 tsp bee pollen
1 tsp acai powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Sweetener of your choice
Pinch of Himalayan salt or sea salt

Directions:
Place all the ingredients into your high-speed blender and blend for around 30-45 seconds or until nice and smooth.

ALOE VERA SMOOTHIES
1 cup almond or coconut milk
1 medium aloe vera leaf, filleted (approximately 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 cup fresh or frozen mango chunks
1/2 tbsp coconut oil
1 handful of fresh basil
Sweetener o your choice

Directions:
Place all of the ingredients into your blender and blend on high until nice and smooth.