28 Mar, 2009
Goji Berry “Raw Soda Pop” and Blended Goji Berry-Lemon Tea Recipes
I’ve been mainlining these two recipes lately. I think my skin might turn orange. If that’s the case, when I return to ballroom competition, perhaps these Goji drinks will replace the need to “fake tan”. =)
Goji Berries are a pretty reddish color in their dried state, but when they are blended up in drinks, the spectacular orange hue of their ridiculous beta carotene content explodes into your glass! The outcome ends up looking like creamy carrot juice. It must be the protein content of Goji Berries that makes them so creamy when they’re blended. I’ven noticed the same thing about Broccoli when it’s blended up in a smoothie — it becomes creamy, which I’m sure most people would never expect.
I like to make Raw “Soda Pop” using raw honey and organic, unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar, and lately my soda of choice is made with the addition of Goji Berries and the juice of a whole organic lemon. (The obvious benefits of buying organic aside, there is simply no comparison between a non-organic lemon and an organic lemon… the latter is like perfume, so fragrant, and tends to be much sweeter and delicate in taste.)
The other thing I’ve been doing is taking the same recipe but adding only 2 cups of water, then making a tea with equal parts of that mixture and hot water. Looks like frothy, creamy carrot juice in a mug, and is very flavorful.
Recipe for Goji Berry “Raw Soda Pop”
- 1/4 cup Goji Berries
- juice from one organic lemon
- 2 heaping tablespoons raw honey
- 2 tablespoons organic, raw Apple Cider Vinegar (such as Braggs)
- 3 cups water
- 3 cups ice
Blend up and drink.
Note: You can also leave the ACV out of the recipe and just go with the lemon juice. It is excellent.
Recipe for Blended Goji Berry-Lemon Tea
Make the above recipe (with or without the ACV), using only 2 cups water. Then make a 50-50 tea using one part of the Goji/Lemon mixture to one part hot water.