Goji Berry Smoothie

I’ve talked about the benefits of goji berries in skincare before (see here), but if you want to reap additional benefits from this amazing fruit, try matching what you do on the outside with what you do on the inside. It may take some time to ease into the taste of goji berries (they are a little tart), but with Divya’s ingenious goji berry smoothie recipe – it’s no problemo! The creamy texture goes down sooo smoothly and it’s an unbelievable recipe to rehydrate parched skin…

There’s nothing better than a delicious smoothie to start the day. It’s quick, easy and chock full of nutrition if you choose the right ingredients. I usually have a strawberry-banana smoothie on the days I don’t have time to really sit down and eat. Isn’t it so much easier just to drink your breakfast when you’re struggling to make it out the door in time? The problem with smoothies is that they can get a little boring after a while. So to keep things fresh and interesting, why not try some unusual ingredients

Goji berries (a.k.a wolfberries) are a great way to sneak some extra anti-oxidants into your breakfast. I tried my first goji berries a few years ago, but I wasn’t a big fan of the flavour since they weren’t sweet enough for my taste, but since they are a “superfood” I’ve been thinking of ways to incorporate them into my diet. Connie gave me a bag full of berries a few weeks ago and this smoothie is one of the first of many recipes to come.
To make this smoothie even more nutritious, I added some almond butter to the mix. Almond butter is a great source of “good” fats and vitamin E. Plus, it tastes amazing! Seriously, if you haven’t tried it yet, I would recommend you do. I’ve even started eating it straight out of the jar like nutella. I wonder if I could make an “almond” nutella….hmmm. We’ll leave that for another day!

serves 1

2 tbsp goji berries
4-6 tbsp boiling water for softening the goji berries
½ cup low-fat probiotic yogurt
½ cup chilled water
1 medium banana, ripe
4 strawberries
1 tbsp natural almond butter

Step 1: Place the goji berries in a small bowl and pour the boiling water over them to submerge them completely. Allow the berries to soften in the water for 5 minutes.
Step 2: Blend all the ingredients (including the softened goji berries and water they were soaked in) in a blender till smooth. Serve chilled.

Over the last 2 weeks or so, I began to notice a cast of white on the top layer of my skin. Sigh…these are the first visible signs of dehydration thanks to the drier weather we’ve been having. Luckily, this goji berry smoothie contains the perfect ‘formula’ of skin hydrating ingredients:
Goji Berries: In China, goji berries are considered the fruit of youth. When I was younger, I thought it was just Chinese folklore, but it turns out that goji berries are packed with age-defying antioxidants and it’s rich in Vitamin A. In the last 5 years, goji berries have become popular in the Western world and has even been touted as one of the hottest superfruits around.
Strawberries: Did you know that strawberries ranks amongst one of the top 50 antioxidant-rich foods? It is loaded with Vitamin C (think collagen-boosting vitamin) and many other phytonutrients, making it one of my top beauty super foods!
Bananas: Bananas are loaded with potassium. Why should beauty nerds pay attention to this? Because potassium regulates the water content in skin cells. If you find your skin particularly parched, it may be due to insufficient potassium levels – so the best thing you can do is reach for a banana!
Almond Butter: Almond butter may sound sinful, but it is actually one of those foods that are high in the good kind of fat – stuff that helps you lower your bad cholesterol. It is also rich in Vitamin E, manganese and copper, which takes down those pesky free radicals and sustains energy levels.
Probiotic Yogurt: If you too, suffer from skin sensitivities, try adding probiotic-rich foods to your diet. New studies are demonstrating probiotics’ ability to strengthen the skin barrier, making it more resilient against potential irritants.

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