Friday, May 13, 2016

Spiced Ginger-Turmeric Tisane with Goji Berries #sponsor


Earlier this month I received an email regarding an opportunity to review some organic goji berries from Viva Naturals.* I leaped at the chance because I've always wanted to incorporate those powerful berries into some recipes.


About the Berries...
Goji Berries, sometimes called "wolfberries", have been used in ancient Asian medicine for enhancing longevity and improving mental clarity. Small, but mighty, these sweet-tart red berries are filled with protein, antioxidants, nearly two dozen trace minerals, and almost 20 amino acids.



About Viva Naturals Organic Goji Berries...
Viva Naturals Organic Goji Berries are handpicked from the Tibetan Plateau in the Himalayas. Viva Naturals allows the berries to naturally shade dry, preserving essential nutrients and lending an incredible mouthfeel. They are more plump than other goji berries I have tried. Additionally, Viva Naturals Organic Goji Berries are sustainably grown and sourced in accordance with fair trade practices.

I will be posting several recipes with goji berries during the remainder of the month, but for this product review post, I wanted to give you a simple, but tasty way to use your goji berries. A quick note about the title: many people make what they call "tea" with goji berries. But - technically - if the brew doesn't include leaves from the tea bush (Camellia sinensis), it's a tisane. I decided to make a super infusion: Spiced Ginger-Turmeric Tisane with Goji Berries


The Benefits...
Ginger boosts the body’s immune system and promotes circulation. Lemon is high in vitamin C. In fact, one lemon can provide 80% of our daily recommended amount of vitamin C. Goji Berries are also rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals that cause cellular damage. And raw honey - in addition to being delicious - is also medicinal. It's antibacterial and good for infections of all sorts. 


Ingredients makes 1 to 2 cups

  • 2 C  water
  • 1-1/2" knob of fresh ginger, peeled and cut into thin strips
  • 1" piece of fresh turmeric, peeled and cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 organic lemon (I used a Meyer lemon)
  • 2 white cardamom pods, lightly crushed
  • 1 T raw honey
  • handful goji berries (prefer Viva Naturals)


Procedure
Bring filtered water to a boil. In a medium sauce pan, place ginger, turmeric, lemon, cardamom pods, and goji berries.

Pour water into pot and let infuse for at least 10 minutes. Strain and pour into glass. Stir in 1 T honey to taste.


*DISCLOSURE: I received discounted product from Viva Naturals for the purposes of review.  I have received no additional compensation for this post and the opinions expressed here are my own.


**This blog currently has a partnership with Amazon.com in their affiliate program, which gives me a small percentage of sales if you buy a product through a link on my blog. It doesn't cost you any more, however, if you are uncomfortable with this, feel free to go directly to Amazon.com and search for the book or item of your choice.

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