Most kids (and adults) love raisins. I am not going to say that they are as bad as popping Pez (candy), but they are sugary and don't have much nutritional value. We still enjoy them once in a while, but my regular replacement for them has been GOJI BERRIES! They are slightly "tougher" in texture, but they are very sweet and highly enjoyable. The best news is that they are extremely nutrient rich and high in protein, amino acids, and minerals. A few weeks ago while reading the newsletter from one of my favorite local health food stores I received even more confirmation. In the article "Winter Wellness For Kids" they stated, "Goji berries are a rich source of immune-strengthening polysaccharides, basically, compounds that slowly and deeply build up the immune system." They suggested that daily goji berry consumption (1 teaspoon or more) would help my child stay healthy this Winter! That's all I needed to hear!
We like to eat goji berries as they are, but also enjoy them in our homemade "trail mix," in yogurt, cereal, baked goods, etc. You can also purchase goji berry powder to add to smoothies and other creations. I am not going to lie…goji berries can be expensive, but if you think of them as a vitamin or supplement during cold/flu season it definitely makes them worth it! You can find lower prices using the tips I mentioned in my last post. We love the Navitas Naturals, Sun-Dried, Organic Goji Berries. Amazon.com has them (and other brands) for a pretty good price (better than local stores, unless they are on-sale), and if you have Amazon Prime "free shipping" makes it even better.
|Our favorite brand of Goji Berries!|
|Check out those nutrition facts - 1oz. = 140% (DV) Vitamin A & 10% (DV) Iron!|