110 Responses to “Healing Cranberry Cleanser”

  1. Wanda 10.15.2015 at 8:32 pm #

    I see a lot of smoothies call for almonds or almond milk, what can I use as a substitute? I’m allergic to nuts except peanuts. Please help!!!

    • SGS Rawkstar 10.16.2015 at 8:25 am #

      Hi Wanda,

      Of course! Our recipes are here to inspire you, so please don’t feel like you need to follow them to a T. Allergic to almond milk? Swap in another liquid-base that meets your dietary needs, rice milk is a great option for nut allergies.


      We love adding almonds to our recipes for a great protein boost! Swap in another plant-based protein option. Here are a few of our favorites…


      Hope this helps!!

  2. Lisa Karnish 9.22.2015 at 1:20 pm #

    Refreshing fall smoothie. Slightly tart, threw a splash of fresh OJ into it. I used frozen cranberries and banana. Very loud when blending probably hard on the blades. It’s ok though cuz I am hoping to wear out my kitchen aid so I can get a vita mix for Christmas;-)

    • SGS Rawkstar 9.22.2015 at 1:26 pm #

      Hi Lisa,

      Thank you so much for reaching out + letting us know how you enjoyed our Healing Cranberry Cleanser recipe! We hope you will join our October 30-Day Challenge!


      p.s. Keep an eye out for blender give-a-ways throughout our challenge! You might not need to wait till Christmas! :)

      • Lisa Karnish 9.24.2015 at 12:08 pm #

        My daughter and i did the july challenge and i purchased the recipes. will the october challenge have different recipes?

      • SGS Rawkstar 9.25.2015 at 7:31 am #

        Hi Lisa,

        Yes! We’ll be sharing some of our favorite recipes, along with new recipes for our October challenge!

        Cheers :)

  3. Glennis 8.27.2015 at 4:36 am #

    Hi Jessie
    Is it true raw kale has a bad effect on the thyroid?

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.27.2015 at 7:24 am #

      Hi Glennis,

      Thanks for reaching out + sharing your concern. All raw leafy greens (including kale) carry a small amount of toxins that protect plants from being entirely consumed by other animals—and wiping out the plant species. It’s a defensive trait, and something even we should be aware of. As humans, if we consume these toxins for long periods of time, they can build up and harm our thyroid. Some symptoms of alkaloid buildup are nausea, tingling in finger tips and fatigue. But before you dump your green smoothie down the drain, you should know that this isn’t anything to worry about as long as you are rotating your greens. Throughout the week, use a variety of leafy greens in your smoothies— like kale, spinach, romaine, herbs and carrot tops.

      Learn more about our favorite greens + the importance of rotating them throughout your week here…


      Have more questions? Reach out anytime!

  4. Rose 6.20.2015 at 4:33 am #

    Hi what can I use instead of kale or spinach pls

  5. 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)!


  6. 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! :)

  7. Jacolien 2.24.2015 at 7:38 am #


    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. :)

  8. 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. :)

  9. 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! 😉

  10. 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.

  11. 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. 😉

  12. Maritza 1.13.2015 at 7:55 am #

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

  13. 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”

  14. 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. :)

  15. 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.