Goji Berries – A Superfood Growing Adventure

Posted on April 19, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health, Plants | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Food - Goji Berries 1I’ve been munching on dried goji berries now for a few months.  I’ve also included dried goji berry powder into my superfood fruit smoothies.  I found lots of health benefits to eating goji berries in just a little research.  They include:

  • Antioxidant levels that could help prevent cancer, heart disease, boost the immune system, and lower cholesterol.
  • Vitamin A levels that could have anti-aging effects, protect vision, prevent heart disease and improve immune function.
  • Goji berry compounds may boost brain health and may protect against age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
  • Preliminary studies that show benefits in mental well-being, and calmness, athletic performance, happiness, quality of sleep, and feelings of good health.

So, I wondered if it was possible to grow these wonders myself.  Again, a little research revealed that people all over the U.S. are doing this very thing!  The bushes they grow on are easy to grow and propagate.  They even tolerate harsh winters!  All I had to do was soak a few dried berries for 24 hours in water, then slit open to get the seeds out and pop them into some soil.

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Well the little buggers are coming up gangbusters!  The photo above is of seedlings that are only 2 weeks old.  When they get their second set of leaves I will transplant them to individual containers.  I did read, though, that although this seedling method will work, I might not have plants mature enough this year to give me very much fruit.  Hmmm.  I didn’t like the sound of that.  So I hunted around and found someone selling little 2-3 year old plants for about $10 per plant delivered.  That sounded like a fun alternate approach.

Food - Goji Berries 3The arrived today!  They are still getting unbent from their pack into a box, but they have many, many green buds on them!   Now if I could just be patient for the snow to stop and the temperature to rise.

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Healthy AND Tasty Fudge Made Simple

Posted on April 11, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Food - Healthy Fudge

These are so yummy it’s astounding to realize while they melt in your mouth that they are feeding your cells with superfood nutrition.  What joy!  Just assemble these ingredients, which, admittedly are not easy to find in stores.  Just place an order at nuts.com and you will be all set.  Then when you’re wondering what to do with all those great ingredients, knock yourself out with this super easy recipe!

Ingredients

1 C. cacao powder

4 T. mesquite powder

4 T. goji berry powder

4 T.  maca powder

3/4 C. shelled hempseeds

1/4 C. lightly toasted sesame seeds (pour into dry pan and heat on medium-low for about 10 minutes – cool)

4 T. flaxseed meal

1/2 C. coconut sugar

3/4 C. melted coconut oil (Heat by placing container into a bowl of very hot water to gently melt.  If you keep it in a metal container you can put it on the stove on the lowest setting just for a few minutes until it is about half melted.)

1/2 C. maple syrup

Start by toasting the sesame seeds and melting the coconut oil.  While those are warming, dump all the other ingredients into a heavy stand mixer fitted with a paddle, if possible.  Add oil and sesame seeds.  Mix until stiff dough forms.  Stop to scrape down sides of bowl if necessary.  Scrape out onto a board lined with wax paper or plastic wrap.  Form square or rectangle through the paper or put into a square baking pan to help form the shape.  Put into refrigerator for 30 minutes.  Take out and put fudge on a cutting board still wrapped.  Unwrap and cut into small cubes.  Store in the refrigerator (if there are any left – ha!)

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