This is my recipe for a great anti-anxiety drink, which consists of Goji berries, Blue berries (or Strawberries). I first heard of Goji berries when my wife was watching the new Dr. Oz Show. There is allot of information online from people trying to sell Goji berries of course, so I am going to make my own unbiased report (or review if you please)
So I finally quit smoking and it’s been quite the journey. It’s been 5 days with not a single drag. Chest feels better everyday, and breathing is a whole new experience. One thing has really helped during this time of cravings and change in lifestyle, and that has been berry drinks via blender.
Anti-Anxiety Drink Recipe
So here are the ingredients of my anti-anxiety drink.
- 1/2 cup of Goji berries
- 1 cup of blueberries or strawberries
- 1/2 cup of milk (1%)
- 1 cup of orange juice
- 1 banana
- 5 large ice cubes
So obviously you put all of these ingredients into your blender in any order, but whip it up well before you add the ice cubes. Get your drink really liquefied well and add the ice cubes to give it the chill factor and the necessary water ingredient.
I usually blend this up at night and sip some when I ever I have a craving for a cigarette or some junk food. This blended drink tasted WAY better than any junk food or cigarette – believe me!
I FEEL allot of things since I started drinking this drink.
- my energy has increased
- my sleep is much better
- my stress level has dropped
- my anxiety levels have dropped
- I’m getting more done in a day
- my craving for nicotine have dropped
- my craving for junk food has dropped
Not to say that you will have the same reaction I’ve having, but something is going on here.
So why would my body react to this drink the way it has. Let’s get into the berries in this drink.
Graph of what Goji Berries Can Do For Us
So this is what the graph shows for anti-anxiety benefits from consuming Goji berries. Where is graph comes from, I have no idea, but it’s encouraging. You can look up many more graphs on Goji berries by clicking here.
A Graph of Different Berries
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As you see with this graph you can see what most graphs show for Goji berries, blueberries, prunes, and spinach. So I see this as an accurate representation of comparison for the Goji berry and other berries.
It’s quite dramatic when you see these kinds of numbers compared. The next thing I did when I saw these numbers was buying Goji berries and consuming them. That’s next.
Why Spend Big Money On Goji Berries
Even after searching the Internet high and low, I had trouble finding Goji berries for a low price (or for cheap). Even if the web site(s) claim to have cheap Goji berries, by the time you add shipping charges, it’s expensive. The Goji berry bag I bought online cost 10 dollars, but after shipping it cost me $30 bucks! Sounds really expensive right? Sure, but…..
So two (1 pound) bags of Goji berries lasts me one month if I consume 1/2 a cup per day in my shakes and drinks. So wow – $60 bucks a month! Not so cheap!
But wait. I smoked around 10 cigarettes per day, when I smoked, and that comes do around 300 cigarettes a month. Where I live it costs $10 dollars for a pack of 25 smokes. So let us do the math shall we. That is $120 dollars a month on cigarettes.
I will continue to find a cheaper source for Goji berries, and when I find that source, I will post it here. It’s still very expensive when you consider I can buy a bag of frozen strawberries, or frozen blue berries for $5 or $6 dollars. Even with all this, I can afford to drink these Goji/Blueberry drinks for less than it cost me to smoke cigarettes. I will continue buying Goji berries instead of cigarettes.
Note in the graph above that blueberries are very high antioxidant content, and prunes too. These are much cheaper to buy, so if you can’t afford to order or buy Goji berries, these cheaper berries would be a good substitute.
I love mixing these berries up in a blender because frankly, I don’t like fruit that much eaten out of the hand – so to speak. I can’t stand bruised fruit, and often don’t even like the taste or texture of fruits and vegetables. When you drink these berries with some orange juice and a bit of milk, it tastes great and the texture issue is then gone.
Don’t Forget The Bananas and Orange Juice
I can’t stress enough how important the bananas and orange juice is to this recipe. My Mom used to prepare sliced bananas in a bowl of orange juice and then sprinkle some sugar on it – YUMMY!
Even without sugar, orange juice and bananas tastes great. I would not make this shake without these ingredients – I’ve tried and it’s not nearly as good, but experiment at will.
So there you have it – Jacob’s anti anxiety drink. Enjoy, and most of all….
Update: as promised, I said I was looking for the cheapest possible place to buy Goji berries online. I wrote a post on the Cheapest GoJi Berries I could find online.