Goji berries are said to be one of the most anti-oxidant rich foods on the planet. Some claim that it boosts one’s immunity system, improves one’s brain function, and even extends one’s life expectancy! They are high in vitamins C and A and are also a good source of iron and fiber, and have some protein. I buy them in bulk at a local market, but they are also readily available at health food stores.
The dried berries are quite hard in their dried state. Unlike dried cranberries, they are not very chewy either. In Chinese cuisine, they are used in cooked dishes, so I decided to reconstitute mine in very hot orange juice. I heated 1/4 cup of orange juice and soaked about 1/4 cup of goji berries in it for about 10 – 15 minutes. This really softened them up and made them much easier to chew. I then mixed them in a 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt and sprinkled with reserved berries, toasted almonds, coconut, and cinnamon for garnish. Such a delicious, quick, and healthy snack!
Orange Infused Goji Berries and Yogurt
1/4 cup orange juice, gently heated
1/4 cup dried goji berries
1 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt (I used Fage)
toasted sliced almonds, dried coconut, and cinnamon for garnish
1. Soak goji berries in heated orange juice in a small bowl for about 10 – 15 minutes
2. Reserve a few berries for garnish. Mix the rest along with orange juice into the Greek yogurt and stir until combined.
3. Sprinkle toasted sliced almonds, dried coconut, cinnamon, and reserved berries on top and serve.