Looking for a fun treat that also really good for your health?
Try these Immune Supportive Longevity Bites.
Goji Berries (Lycium barbarum): These anti-inflammatory antioxidant-rich fruits have an extensive history in Chinese medicine for brightening the spirit, promoting long life and boosting sexual vitality. They are hydrating and moistening to the joints and support eye health, too. Goji berries are rich in vitamin A and C that are linked with enhancing immune function and preventing chronic illness. Goji berry has also been associated with improved liver health, cardiovascular protection, and protection of brain cells.
Reishi Mushroom Mycelium Powder (Ganoderma lucidum): The Reishi mushroom has long been revered as the Mushroom of Immortality, and currently is making a huge resurgence in our popular culture and in modern medicine as well. According to ancient healing food lore in both China and Japan, Reishi was used to boost immunity, calm the spirit and promote longevity. Modern medical science has discovered that the acetic acid and polysaccharides in Reishi are what increases lifespan. Reishi is an adaptogenic tonic that improves overall health and well-being. The Therapeutic Herb Manual says Reishi is anti-inflammatory, improves adrenal gland function, anti-tumor, detoxifies the liver, and facilitates oxygenation of blood.
I’ve put these two revered ingredients into this delicious treat.
- Cover the goji berries with water and soak until soft.
- Drain goji berry water (you can drink it).
- Put goji berries, almonds, walnuts, cacao powder, coconut oil, almond butter, honey and Reishi powder into a food processor.
- Puree until you get a paste.
- Put shredded coconut into a small bowl.
- Use a tablespoon or melon baller to grab the paste and shape into balls.
- Drop each ball into the coconut flakes and coat evenly.
- Place the balls onto a plate and let set in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.
- Enjoy 1-2 per day.
- Keep refrigerated.
 Rodales 21st Century Herbal, Michael J. Balick, Phd, Rodale 2014, Pg. 201
 Therapeutic Herb Manual, By Ed Smith, 2011, pg. 60
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker, Herbalist and best-selling author. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
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