Healing Cranberry Cleanser

Cranberries are an antioxidant powerhouse, so get them fresh during the fall and winter. By drinking this Healing Cranberry Cleanser green smoothie with cranberry, your body will experience the immediate effects of natural energy. Get your healthy dose of vitamin C and fiber in this healing green smoothie!

Healing Cranberry Cleanser

Serves 2


  • 2 cups kale, fresh
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 2 oranges, peeled
  • 2 bananas


Blend kale and water until smooth. Next add the remaining fruits and blend again. * Use at least one frozen fruit to make the green smoothie cold. TIP: Keep as much of the orange pith (the white part) on to add nutritional benefits. Because of the cranberries, your smoothie may turn out more "purple-ish."

53 Responses to “Healing Cranberry Cleanser”

  1. Yolanda S 10.19.2014 at 6:52 am #

    I am currently taking high bp meds (im sure its my weight) and would like to get away from them. I’m trying to change my diet but I’m away from home most of the day and also find it hard to get a healthy breakfast. Do you think smoothys are a good meal substitute? I also seem to have 0 energy.

  2. Karen 10.9.2014 at 3:55 pm #

    I was wondering what the difference is between regular kale and baby kale….

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.9.2014 at 6:44 pm #

      Question question. Baby kale is not full grown yet. :) That is why others find baby kale is more mild than full grown kale. :)

  3. Dave 7.24.2014 at 11:51 am #

    Good site. Glad I popped by. Here’s my green-go, post workout to smoothie:

    1.5 cups 1% milk
    1 scoop whey protein (I use a peanut butter/chocolate flavoured one)
    Handful frozen cranberries
    1/2 frozen banana
    Palmful dried cranberries
    Palmful toasted almonds
    1 tablespoon crunchy peanut butter
    2 tablespoons vanilla yougart
    1 teaspoon (flat) cinnamon
    1 teaspoon omega 3 fish oil
    1 tablespoon flax meal
    2 packed cups baby spinach
    1 cup baby kale

    Really tasty. Give ‘er a try.

  4. Marisol 6.23.2014 at 7:45 am #

    Can half the smoothie be stored in the fridge? I would not have anyone to share with recipe with. Or should I just cut the ingredients in half? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 6.23.2014 at 12:32 pm #

      You can do either, Marisol! We try not to keep a green smoothie in the fridge for more than two days if it is in a sealed container.

  5. LoniE 6.15.2014 at 6:28 am #

    Try ice cubes as your liquid. Froths every thing up and you’ll really love the taste and texture.

  6. Ruth mankes 6.12.2014 at 11:21 am #

    I m new to smoothies, they sound great !
    Are they good ,for type 2 diabetes?

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 6.12.2014 at 11:32 am #

      Hi Ruth!
      Diabetes acts a little differently for each person. Do you know what kind of fruits and vegetables are good for you to eat? If so, try to use those in green smoothies. This page may help a little, too:


  7. Egypt 5.2.2014 at 12:24 pm #

    I absolutely loved this smoothie! it was the perfect blend! Will definitely be doing this again! Thank you.

  8. Joyce Sawaya 1.9.2014 at 10:55 pm #

    No longer have a Vita Mix, but have a Magi Bullet! Mixes everything together at once, so finely smooth. Also use only orgainic
    produce to avoid chemicals in food. Love your recipes also. Thx

    • Jadah and Jen 1.10.2014 at 9:57 am #

      Thanks for sharing, Joyce!

      • Pattie 5.3.2014 at 8:28 am #

        Hi, I just joined the group excited to begin my concern is high acidity in some fruits and juices to my reflux

  9. Allisa 1.2.2014 at 8:04 pm #

    Hi there! I just started doing green smoothies then ironically came across your website a few weeks later. Yay! I have only been doing spinach so far. I’m nervous to do kale … Is it as “mild” as spinach? I was amazed when the spinach turned my smoothie green but I
    LITERALLY could not taste it!! Is kale the same way?? Thanks so much! Excited to try some of your recipes!

    • Jadah and Jen 1.3.2014 at 6:55 am #

      Hi Allisa!
      Kale will most likely have a stronger taste. It still isn’t as strong as some other greens, but spinach tends to be the most mild as far as flavor goes. Hope this helps!

  10. Yolanda 11.21.2013 at 1:23 am #

    Which smoothies do you recommend for diabetics as sugar is an issue, fruit has natural sugars?

  11. Allissa 11.15.2013 at 10:30 am #

    Hello! Love this website! I was wondering if this was a good option for pregnant women? First pregnancy and trying to be super aware of what I put in my mouth. Thank you!!

  12. JD 10.31.2013 at 10:09 am #

    Just tried this; it was awesome. I was worried the kale would be overwhelming but the oranges and cranberries really balanced it out well. Definitely one of my favorites now.

  13. Heathet A 10.30.2013 at 12:28 am #

    I’m just starying out …when you measure the greens do you loosely pack them or tightly pack the measuring cup??

    • Jadah and Jen 10.30.2013 at 8:20 am #

      You can do it either way :-) The measurements are just guidelines. If you aren’t used to a leafy green flavor in a smoothie, then just loosely pack them. You can add more as time goes on!

    • Alisa Semiens 1.29.2014 at 9:07 am #

      tightly packed

  14. Lillian 10.28.2013 at 2:40 pm #

    Is something like tofu a good banana substitute that will keep the thickness of the smoothie? I don’t mind having a little less sweetness overall, but I would like a good texture for my smoothies. I’m horribly allergic to bananas so looking for a good replacement. Thanks!

  15. Jaz 9.24.2013 at 6:50 am #

    Im allergic to all citrus, what’s a good sub for the oranges in this recipe?

  16. Erin in CO 7.17.2013 at 3:05 pm #

    This was fabulous, thanks for sharing! I used 100% oj concentrate (what was on-hand, about 2 heaping TBSPs), and I had frozen cranberries that have been hanging out since Thanksgiving. (I stock up then when they go on sale…) Tossed those in as my frozen component, and this was spectacular! New one to add to the rotation : )

  17. Lisa S 7.10.2013 at 9:54 pm #

    Do I get the same nutrition from the dried ocean spring cranberries?

    • Jadah and Jen 7.11.2013 at 11:24 am #

      It will be a little different. Some of the nutrients com out in the drying process, but they aren’t bad for you :-)

  18. Jane 6.30.2013 at 5:43 pm #

    I would love to try these smoothies, but I’m allergic to bananas. What can I substitute for bananas?

  19. Lisa 6.17.2013 at 12:59 am #

    can I use ice instead of water to make the smoothie colder?

    • Jadah and Jen 6.17.2013 at 7:24 am #

      You can, Lisa :-) We would suggest maybe doing half ice and half water to make it a little easier on your blender.

  20. carol 5.22.2013 at 8:51 am #

    before I start can these work in a blender and get same result

  21. Sally 5.12.2013 at 6:08 am #

    I’m having the hardest time finding whole fresh or frozen cranberries but I’d really like to try this. Maybe a cup of all cranberry juice without the sugar added instead of the water could substitute?

    • Jadah and Jen 5.13.2013 at 7:19 am #

      Hi Sally!
      We have heard from several people that cranberries are tough to find :-/ Using unsweetened cranberry juice would be a great substitute for the water. You can maybe add another berry in its place to substitute the content that would have been there by adding them, too :-)

  22. Janice 4.15.2013 at 4:45 am #

    I’m a newbie to green smoothies and am eager to get started. In general, can frozen fruits (and veggies) be substituted for fresh? I’m looking for ways to make these smoothies a quick morning fix to take on the road to the office.

    • Jadah and Jen 4.15.2013 at 5:10 am #

      Absolutely, Janice! We do it all the time. It makes our fruit last longer and our smoothies colder :-)

  23. espie 4.8.2013 at 10:59 am #

    Is there any of these juices or shakes good for hair loss or stress? ..

  24. Desiree 3.6.2013 at 6:00 am #

    Just made this and it does not look anything like the picture, it’s brown, not green. But I love the flavors and the boost it gives first thing in the morning!

  25. Patti M. 2.20.2013 at 6:42 am #

    Well, this smoothie looks nothing like your picture and is a little bitter. Luckily I like cranberries!! It looks like Mudd!! So far my favorites are the beginner and the SPA smoothie! Also, I notice that it definately did not make as much as ususal. I followed the recipe to the T. Also, would spinach tone down the bitterness? Thanks :)

  26. Tahaji 2.9.2013 at 8:09 am #


    I just started green smoothies to help me lose weight and I love your site. I was wondering is there anyway that you guys can add a printer friendly version of your recipes to your pages. I’m having such a hard time printing them. Thank you.


    • Jen H 2.11.2013 at 5:32 pm #

      Hi Tahaji— that’s a great question/idea. Jadah and i will look into— because that would be awesome. We do have an eBook we just published Jan 31 and there are printable recipes cards in there that are super cute and easy to use. Thanks for throwing a great idea out there— i really appreciate it!

  27. kayla 2.6.2013 at 4:26 pm #

    what can i use if i dont have oranges

    • Jen H 2.6.2013 at 6:36 pm #

      You could use orange juice or maybe add some mango. Just make sure to add some more water if you are using mango since it’s not as juicy as a fresh orange.

  28. Sam 2.4.2013 at 8:56 am #

    What can be subbed for flaxseed? anything else? chia?

    • Jen H 2.5.2013 at 12:19 pm #

      Hay Sam. You can use flaxseed oil, hemp hearts and chia seeds— all of them are great ways to boost a smoothie. I try and rotate the ones i use daily to get balance in my smoothies.

  29. Shari 2.3.2013 at 6:47 am #

    Hi! Can I use spinach instead of kale? My husband agreed to try this if I leave out the kale. Haha

    • Jen H 2.4.2013 at 8:03 am #

      Definitely. Spinach is more mild than kale, and will totally work. He might be surprised though and actually enjoy the kale! What about doing 50% kale, 50% spinach?

  30. Shannon 2.1.2013 at 3:55 pm #

    I am so excited to try out this smoothie!!! I have been slowly trying new smoothie mixes and whatnot (just kind of throwing things together in a blender and so far they have all turned out great!) Thank you for this recipe!!

    • Jen H 2.2.2013 at 5:37 pm #

      You are welcome Shannon!

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