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I don’t know about you, but oftentimes the day after a party or big meal I feel a bit puffy.  Some would say “bloated,” but I like the word “puffy.” It’s a little more delicate and a little less gross and/or negative sounding than “bloated”….

…. Anyhoo! I’ve come up with the perfect “day after” shake to help shed some of that lingering excess water weight and get us back to our “non-puffy” selves in no time. I’ll calm down with all of the ” ” now.  Here’s that recipe!

First, hit up your grocer’s freezer aisle for the following ingredients: frozen cranberries, frozen asparagus, frozen pineapple and frozen spinach.


Next, hunt down some coconut water, dandelion root tea bags, one bunch of parsley, at least one banana, celery and vanilla protein powder (I use the grain-free, plant based type made by Garden of Eden.)


Any type of parsley will do!

Then, head home and do the following:

  • Steep one dandelion root tea bag in 8 oz of hot water for about two minutes, then pour it into your high powered blender along with two ice cubes. I used to drink this tea when preparing to step on stage for fitness competitions.  It sure helps shed the water weight, but boy does it taste gnarly!  Thankfully in this shake, the flavor will be completely covered up by the taste of the fruit.
  • Next, add the coconut water, parsley, banana, celery, cranberries, asparagus, pineapple, spinach and protein powder. It will look something like this:

Kind of purdy, right?

  • Blend well until completely smooth.  The result is a large, high fiber, natural diuretic, vitamin loaded but super fruity tasting potion that your body will thank you for!

Keep those frozen ingredients close to one another in the freezer for easy access the next time this shake is needed. I use one clip to keep them all together, like this:


I like to store my bananas in the freezer, too, all peeled and wrapped in plastic wrap, like this:


And the parsley in the refrigerator, like this:




Ingredients for One Very Large or Two Medium Sized Shakes

One dandelion root tea bag

8 oz. Hot Water

2 Ice Cubes

8 oz. Coconut Water

1 Stalk of Celery

Small/Medium sized handful of fresh Parsley

1/2 cup fresh or frozen Cranberries

1 cup fresh (packed) or frozen Spinach

1 cup fresh or frozen Pineapple

1/2 cup fresh or frozen Asparagus

1/2 of a Banana

1 Scoop Vanilla Flavored Protein Powder


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Vanessa Jones

Greetings from Conesus, NY!

First of all congratulations on your twin blessings, second…I love your blog (thank you!) and finally do I need to use the asparagus as my body reacts to it in an unpleasant way? Is there an alternative for the asparagus that I can use? Thank you and please have a safe and wonderfully blessed New Year!

Best Regards,


Audrey Dunham

Hi Vanessa! You can absolutely leave out the asparagus. Even if all you had was the dandelion root tea and the two or three of the other ingredients you’d still be able to create a drink that would do the body good. Happy New Year and thanks for the kinds words!


Charlotte Graves

Thanks for the awesome recipe! How often can you drink this? Does it last in the refrigerator? Thank you so very much!


Jennifer Payne

Do you freeze your celery or keep in your fridge?


Audrey Dunham

Definitely keep it in the fridge. Celery does not do well in the freezer (I learned that the hard way!)



At what time I need to take it, and how many times


Dana Barnum

Audrey…I just got back from the store, and of course I forgot something! I forgot the cranberries. What are the properties in cranberries that made you choose then for this drink, and could/should anything be used in its place? I have a large variety of fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables on hand, so, I was just wondering. Thank you for your time!


Audrey Dunham

No worries, Dana! The shake will still taste great and be very effective without the cranberries!



If I made the tea and mix it half and half with cranberry juice twice a day would it work ok?


Audrey Dunham

The problem with most cranberry juices is that they typically contain a ton of added sugar. One thing you may want to try is adding plain lemon juice to the tea (fresh or bottled) along with about 5 – 10 drops of liquid stevia. Liquid stevia can be easily found online and at Whole Foods market.



Hi Audrey,
I started dieting 4 weeks ago. I have been using protein powder. I use “Body lab” fat burning protein. I make a smoothie with it everyday for lunch and In 4 weeks I have lost 7.5 lbs. My goal is to lose 20 lbs by November.


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