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


Ingredients

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

Instructions

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."

102 Responses to “Healing Cranberry Cleanser”

  1. Rose 6.20.2015 at 4:33 am #

    Hi what can I use instead of kale or spinach pls

  2. Astrid 5.3.2015 at 6:17 am #

    I did the April smoothie challenge and loved it! But I noticed that alot of the receipts required banana and I am not a fan of banana in drinks so I omitted it. Am I missing out on important nutrients by not adding banana to my smoothies?

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.4.2015 at 7:21 am #

      Hi Astrid,

      We love blendin’ with bananas because of their natural sweetness + how they make our smoothies thick + creamy, but there is no need to have them in your smoothies!

      Some great banana substitutes are: Mango, Papaya, Pear, Chia seeds, Fresh dates, Nut Butters, Unsweetened applesauce, Avocado (won’t add the sweetness, but will definitely add the thick and creamy texture)!

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/green-smoothie-recipes/banana-free-green-smoothie-recipe

  3. Imani 3.25.2015 at 10:51 am #

    Hey guys, do you have to boil/cook the cranberries first?

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.25.2015 at 2:10 pm #

      Hi Imani,

      We love to throw in raw cranberries, they add a fresh + fall like taste to this smoothie, but feel free to cook them before hand if that’s more your taste! :)

  4. Jacolien 2.24.2015 at 7:38 am #

    Hi,

    Could you tell me how much ‘1 cup’ of kale is?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 2.24.2015 at 8:20 am #

      Hi Jacolien.

      1 cups of kale is 30g. :)

  5. Ellie 2.6.2015 at 9:13 pm #

    Hi. If fresh or frozen cranberries are not available what do you suggest as a replacement?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 2.9.2015 at 11:09 am #

      Hey Ellie.

      Try subbing in fresh strawberries or blueberries. :) Any berry would work. :)

  6. Ellen 1.22.2015 at 7:03 pm #

    Love this site! Just found out I have numerous food allergies so this will b so helpful! I love smoothies of any kind but especially green ones. Thanks so much for all the info and support you both have made available to us. I am excited to start 30 days even tho I am starting late in the game. Better late than never! Looking forward to the added benefit of weight loss!

    • SGS Rawkstar Shauna 1.26.2015 at 5:04 pm #

      Awesome! Welcome, Ellen! So happy to have you here! 😉

  7. Ginger 1.14.2015 at 2:00 pm #

    I just purchased a Ninja and I’ve been making green smoothies using kale, frozen berries, apples, and flax seed oil. I steam my kale because I was told, raw kale can affect the thyroid.

  8. Maritza 1.13.2015 at 5:20 pm #

    Jessie, haha, yeah I know they’re not always green. I’m not new to green smoothies by any means, but I love your site! I just meant this specific recipe turned out brown and this specific photo is bright green like a tropical green smoothie. No worries, I was just curious!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.14.2015 at 2:08 pm #

      Cheers, Martiza. :)

    • Brenda 2.13.2015 at 8:58 am #

      I noticed that too. Still tasty. 😉

  9. Maritza 1.13.2015 at 7:55 am #

    Tasty, but mine came out more brown. Is the smoothie pictured a different blend?

  10. Jennifer 1.10.2015 at 4:51 pm #

    This is the first time I have bought fresh cranberries. I noticed in the bag there are some that are firm and some that are wrinkled. Should I be discarding the wrinkled ones? Is there are a state when the cranberry shouldn’t be used?

    Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks. :-)

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.13.2015 at 9:29 am #

      Hey Jennifer.

      How long have you had them? It take a while for cranberries to go bad. If they smell or have mold throw them out, but a little wrinkling should be fine. My husband always says though “when in doubt throw it out”

  11. Heather 1.8.2015 at 12:27 pm #

    Do you use unsalted or salted almond butter? Does it make a difference?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.8.2015 at 5:51 pm #

      I prefer less salt. :) Your choice. :)

  12. luba 1.4.2015 at 12:50 pm #

    how do you blend cranberries? Don’t they have pit?

    • Sydney 1.5.2015 at 10:26 am #

      Nope, cranberries have little tiny seeds inside. No pits.

  13. Elyse 12.31.2014 at 3:55 pm #

    Bananas are great for going!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.31.2014 at 6:47 pm #

      :)

  14. Elyse 12.31.2014 at 3:54 pm #

    Hey guys! Someone asked about calories and even though I don’t count them I figured it out.

    This recipe makes two servings so I halved it.

    1c kale-23kcal
    1/2c fresh cranberries-30kcal
    1medium Orange-80kcal
    1 medium banana-110kcal

    Total-243 kcal

    Not too bad for breakfast!

    Since this has cranberries you’ll see the best cleansing results if eaten first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach. Ladies will also see added benefits from the cranberries in preventing UTI’s! Yum!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.31.2014 at 6:46 pm #

      Thanks for sharing.

  15. Amy 12.29.2014 at 8:36 am #

    I love all things cranberry!!! i just got a nutri ninja (like a nutri bullet) for Christmas and have been going crazy with it. Now I can buy all the produce I want without having to worry about it going to waste in the bottom of my fridge :) One question, though… Do you think I could use frozen cranberries? It seems farily obvious, but I just can’t wrap my mind around a blender being able to blend something as hard and small and frozen as frozen cranberries… Thanks for making it so easy for me to get my husband to eat kale!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.29.2014 at 10:12 am #

      Hey Amy. Your NutriNinja should be able to handle all types of fruit that is frozen, it will help chill your smoothie. :) Enjoy!

  16. Deanna 12.13.2014 at 12:10 pm #

    I bought a bag of cranberries and found this smoothie and decided to try it today. I was worried it might be sour…. this was YUM! 😉

    Question- So if I buy fresh fruit and freeze it and throw into my smoothies- does it negatively impact the nutrients if frozen?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.15.2014 at 7:06 am #

      Hey Deanna.

      Not at all. Fresh and frozen are great options. :)

  17. Jess 12.7.2014 at 11:43 am #

    Hey! what do you suggest using if I have no oranges?
    Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.8.2014 at 9:44 am #

      Hey Jess.

      Thanks for the question. I would suggest using mangos or peaches in places of oranges. )

  18. Kristen 12.4.2014 at 9:05 am #

    Are dried cranberries ok to use?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.4.2014 at 10:40 am #

      Hey Kristen.

      We usually use fresh or frozen, but if dried cranberries sounds good, go for it! :)

    • Candice 12.23.2014 at 6:34 pm #

      you could rehydrate the cranberries by soaking them in water over night.

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.27.2014 at 7:30 am #

        Hi Candice.

        Thanks for the question. We have heard of other rawkstars trying this, but I haven’t heard if they loved it. You are more than welcome to try. :) Cheers!

  19. Michele 11.29.2014 at 12:44 pm #

    Can you please tell me the calorie count in this shake? Thanks it looks good

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 11.30.2014 at 8:20 pm #

      Hi Michele.

      We personally don’t count calories, so we don’t include them in our recipes at this time. You’ll find that when you consume more nourishing whole fruits and veggies, you will not only feel full longer, but you’ll also have lessened cravings for high-calorie, nutritionally empty foods. So in the end it balances out. But we know many people would like to have calorie info. Three great resources for tracking calories are Self Nutrition Data and the phone apps My Fitness Pal and Lose It.

  20. Michele 11.29.2014 at 12:43 pm #

    What is the calorie count ? All of the shakes look great but there are never anybcalories posted. Thank you

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 11.30.2014 at 8:19 pm #

      Hi Michele.

      We personally don’t count calories, so we don’t include them in our recipes at this time. You’ll find that when you consume more nourishing whole fruits and veggies, you will not only feel full longer, but you’ll also have lessened cravings for high-calorie, nutritionally empty foods. So in the end it balances out. But we know many people would like to have calorie info. Three great resources for tracking calories are Self Nutrition Data and the phone apps My Fitness Pal and Lose It.

  21. Melissa 11.28.2014 at 2:16 am #

    My eyes are tired, but are there any nutritional information on these recipes? However, I’m looking forward to trying them.

  22. Kelly Lawson 11.12.2014 at 6:06 am #

    I am new to green smoothies – and LOVED this one. Such a bright flavor. We used baby kale because it tends to be a little milder – my husband and I loved this one, as did my 6 year old and 2 year old (who sadly tend to reject all things green). Your recipes are great. Thanks for helping to get our mornings off to a great start.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 11.13.2014 at 4:43 am #

      Good morning Kelly!

      That is so wonderful to hear! We love hearing about families blending together.

      Cheers to you and yours!

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