Two of the best fruits to mask bitter flavors of detox greens like dandelion are ripe bananas and oranges. I would consider this an “intermediate” detox smoothie.
While I liked the flavor, the bitterness from the dandelion comes through slightly. I’ve grown to appreciate it, but if you’ve never made a green smoothie before, work your way up to dandelion. Use fresh baby spinach in this recipe instead.
Considered the best leafy green for cleansing and detoxification, dandelion greens are loaded with calcium, iron and antioxidants. They are my favorite smoothie green.
Cranberries are known for their powerful, disease-preventing antioxidant properties. Eating cranberries on a regular basis may promote cardiovascular health, boost the immune system and protect against certain cancers.
Creamy Banana-Cranberry Smoothie Recipe
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
- Juice from 1/2 lime
- 2 frozen bananas, peeled and thawed slightly
- 1/2 orange, peeled and deseeded
- 1 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
- 2 cups chopped dandelion greens (or baby spinach)
- 8 ounces of filtered water (or coconut water)
Start by adding the liquid to your blender (I use a Vitamix), followed by the soft fruit. Add the greens to your blender last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
Enhance the tropical flavors and cleansing properties with by using fresh coconut water extracted from a green or young Thai coconut.
Calcium: 28% RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance)
Vitamin A: 495% RDA
Vitamin C: 143% RDA
This smoothie is also a rich source of folate, vitamins B1 – B6, vitamin K, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and potassium.
Serving Size: One. (This recipe makes a large, 32-ounce smoothie. It is a meal-replacement smoothie and not a snack. I recommend drinking half right away and the other half about 30 minutes later. If it is too much for you, store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.)
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Tracy Russell is the creator of the Green Smoothie Health & Weight Loss Program and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She is passionate about helping people improve their health with green smoothies and a whole foods lifestyle.