Kids will love these sweet little red berries. And parents will appreciate their immune building qualities that Chinese medical doctors have been using for centuries to strengthen the immune system. Goji berries have also been linked to the secret to longevity… an added bonus for parents.
Goji berries are rich with an abundance of vitamins (about 20), 18 amino acids, fiber, and antioxidants (beta carotene, lutein and lycopene). The dried berries are most commonly added to salads, breakfast cereals, granola, yogurt, and smoothies.
A perfect kid-friendly way to use them is in Chia Seed Pudding, Most children adore the tapioca-like pudding and is therefore an perfect way to (easily) entice children to try the berries as a breakfast meal or an after school snack.
Goji berries can be found in a raw dried form at most health food store. If you live In Canada, Moms Originals offers them as both a dried berry and in powdered form (perfect for smoothies).
Chia Seed Pudding with Goji Berries
1 cup of milk (hemp, rice, cow, coconut, or soy)
3 tablespoons of chia seeds
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
Handful of Goji berries
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, and place in the fridge and give it a good stir every 5 minutes or so. The pudding will become gelatinous in about 20 minutes and will be ready to eat then.
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