Goji Berries

Happy Tuesday! If you’re anything like me you’re always on the lookout for new healthy food options.  Am I right?  OK – I know Goji berries aren’t new, but until today I had never actually tried one.  I have had goji berry tea, and passed them by at the store many times, but I finally decided to give them a try.  I imagined them to be something like a freeze-dried raspberry.  And while I love raspberries, I never wanted to pay the outrageous cost that is associated with being labeled a “super food” (marketing brilliance at it’s finest).

So this morning I incorporated them into my breakfast.  I had my hot lemon water and made some instant Chex oatmeal with a spoonful of chia seed almond butter, a sliced up banana, and some 1% milk then sprinkled some goji berries on top:


This breakfast is very filling and it always holds me over all morning.  The goji berries were a nice addition.  The texture and sweetness reminded me a lot of pitted dates.

There are numerous claims of health benefits related to goji berries including anti-inflammatory properties, kidney and liver health, immune system aid, and a super high amount of iron (to name a few).

Today’s workout was a run in the snow with the B-dog.  The temperature wasn’t too bad, but somehow I managed to get snow flakes in my eyes every 5 seconds and my phone died so I couldn’t track my run.  From prior experience the run was about 3.5 – 4 miles, and although music usually gets me through, I wasn’t too upset because something about snow falling is so peaceful.

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Lunch was a heaping serving of this avocado and crab salad from the Skinnytaste website:


I had planned to put it on a salad, hence the lettuce, but then I opted for blue corn tortilla chips instead


I also had a Chobani grape yogurt to top it off.  I really want to make a PB&J smoothie with this stuff



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