This is such a yummy little mix that I came up with about a month ago. I have always wanted to try Goji berries because I have heard of the supposed health benefits. SO this is my creation that came out of that desire. I am calling it "Autumn Energy Mix" just because of the colors! They look so much like fall... at least that's what I think of when I look at this. :-)
So let's start with Goji berries. What are they? These berries have a history of being used for medicinal purposes in ancient China. They are also known as Wolfberries, or by their nickname "The Happy Berry". Ancient Monks gave this nickname after feeling jolly when drinking tea made from Goji berries. They have a beautiful deep red color to them and they come in a dried form like raisins. They are somewhat sweet with a slightly sour taste. Why are these so good for you? These berries are a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, fiber (will help you feel fuller for longer), zinc and antioxidants. They contain hypoglycemic properties which may help control blood sugar levels safely, and also contain anti-cancer benefits. These berries contain all 8 essential amino acids... and this is quite rare to find in a fruit! We don't usually think of fruit as a protein source. And last but not least, Goji berries may help increase men's testosterone levels. I'll just leave that right there. :-)
Who should avoid Goji berries?
1. Anyone with known low blood sugar (these could worsen the condition)
2. Those with low blood pressure
3. If you are taking Warfarin (Coumadin), it is best to stay away from Goji berries since there are a few reported cases of these causing interactions with this medicine.
4. If you are pregnant or breast feeding - check with your doctor first (could increase uterine contractions).
So now that we know a little bit about Goji berries, back to my recipe! Here is what this mix is made of:
-Goji Berries (If your local store doesn't have these, you can get them HERE!)
-Coconut flakes (find them here for the best kind!)
-Diced dried apricots
-Carob chips (Carob chips are a great alternative when you want something different than chocolate chips! Find them HERE)
Mix a bunch together, and there you have my little snack. Filling, satisfying, yummy and nutritious. A different spin on your regular trail mix. And it looks like fall. :-)
Terri Wentzell is a registered nurse with more than 20 years of experience. She is also a certified personal trainer, wellness coach, fitness nutrition coach, and sport yoga instructor.