Healthy and filling golden berry smoothie

Healthy and filling golden berry smoothie
Healthy and filling golden berry smoothie. Photo: Shutterstock/denio109

The health side of social media has been abuzz with posts listing the benefits of golden berries - small, round fruits, approximately the size of a marble. A close relative of popper-berry that is grown abundantly in Kerala backyards, golden berries have gained popularity in recent years as a superfood due to their nutritional content.

Golden berries, also known as cape gooseberries, or Peruvian ground cherries, are native to South America but are now cultivated in various parts of the world. Golden berries are celebrated for their unique sweet-tart flavour and numerous health benefits.

Rich in vitamins, especially vitamin C, they help boost immunity when included in the diet. The antioxidants in them, such as polyphenols, help combat free radicals in the body.

Here is an easy and filling recipe that can be made at home using golden berries:

1 cup fresh or frozen golden berries
1 banana
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon honey (optional, depending on sweetness preference)
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder (for added health benefits and colour)
Ice cubes (optional)

Rinse the golden berries thoroughly under cold water.
If using fresh golden berries, remove the husk.
If using frozen golden berries, let them thaw for a few minutes.
In a blender, add the golden berries, banana, Greek yogurt, orange juice, honey (if using), and turmeric powder.
If you prefer a colder smoothie, add a handful of ice cubes.
Blend all the ingredients until smooth and creamy.
Stop and scrape down the sides of the blender if needed to ensure all ingredients are well incorporated.
Taste the smoothie and adjust the sweetness by adding more honey if desired.
Pour the golden berry smoothie into glasses.
Garnish with a few whole golden berries on top for an extra touch.
Sip and enjoy the refreshing and nutritious golden berry smoothie!

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