March is the time for fresh, green renewal. In cold climates, crocus and daffodil shoots are just starting to peek through the cold, dry ground, and in some cultures, St. Patrick’s Day, the coming of spring, and a variety of spring celebrations are all just right around the corner. Spring cleaning naturally begins, both in our homes and in our bodies. We’re ready to shed any excess we’ve accumulated from winter.

While I’m not crazy about intense detox or cleanses that stress the body, I do like to incorporate some nourishing green powders in the springtime. Remember, The Always Hungry Solution focuses on nourishing your body to health, not cleaning it out to repent for what you’ve eaten. This shift in mentality is important when deciding to do a spring cleanse. You don’t have to radically clean out your body in order to support it’s needs for the coming spring. This week’s Green Power Shake is a simple way to add some fresh greens to your springtime diet.

In Chinese Medicine, sour is the flavor for cleansing the liver in spring, so I chose grapefruit for this Shake. I love grapefruit this time of year, but if you find the flavor of grapefruit to be too strong, feel free to sub out an orange.

Now that we have several translations, we have many readers all around the globe. For those of you in the southern hemisphere, feel free to try the Green Power Shake now or put this post away until spring comes!

Green Power ShakeGreen Power Shake

Makes 1 serving

½ grapefruit
½ banana
1 cup whole or soy milk
1 scoop unsweetened Green Superfood powder, such as Amazing Grass, Pure Synergy, or Garden of Life Green Superfood*
½ avocado
1 serving protein powder (enough to equal 22 g protein)
1 teaspoon MCT oil or coconut oil
Handful of leafy greens, optional

Peel grapefruit and remove any seeds. Place remaining flesh with all other ingredients in a high-speed blender, or wide mouth mason jar that can fit an immersion blender without splashing. Blend until smooth.


For more sour flavor to enhance the detoxifying properties for spring: Omit the banana and use 1 whole grapefruit.

Shamrock Power ShakeNutrients

Calories: 540
Carbohydrate: 36%
Protein: 24%
Fat: 40%

*We’ve showcased our favorite choices for the Green Power Shake here, but there are many brands on the market. Make sure to choose one that’s unflavored, unsweetened, and has no stevia. Many of these powders often include probiotics or other naturally detoxifying ingredients. Try different options to see what your body responds best to. As with all of our posts, although these are the brands that we’ve tried and liked, we don’t receive any compensation for you buying them. We strive to keep this site full of good resources and, at the same time, noncommercial.

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Shamrock Power Shake

  • Ursula

    Would you recommend this shake for breakfast?

    • DrLudwig

      Yes, Ursula. I developed it as a breakfast shake
      -Chef Dawn

      • Ursula

        Thank you. I am looking forward to trying it tomorrow.

  • Nancy Beth Garrett

    Doesn’t the grapefruit curdle the milk?

    • DrLudwig

      Not if you blend it and use it right away.
      – Chef Dawn

      • Nancy Beth Garrett


  • SisqB

    I’m on a statin and grapefruit is something I need to avoid (bummer because I love grapefruit). Is there something else you could recommend as a substitute for the grapefruit?

    • Theresa Garton

      In the discussion before the recipe, they suggest using an orange.

      • SisqB

        Thank you, I missed that 🙂

  • Louise Gutgsell

    Would it work to use Cashew or Almond Milk instead of whole or soy??

  • Stefan

    My understanding from doctors and scientists is that the liver detoxifies the body just fine, but you can’t eat specific foods to help “detox”. I’m a little bit disappointed to see the detox label used here, is there any science to back it up?

    • Denny Stein

      Did you ever get an answer to your question? This is my understanding also re detox.

    • Point well taken, Stefan. The word detox is really not needed here. Thanks for the feedback.
      –Chef Dawn

  • Sara

    What is the rational for not using stevia?

    • AH Phase 1 is designed to not only retrain your fat cells but to also retrain your tastebuds. Many readers are surprised how effective the elimination of all sweeteners can be. If you don’t give up the artificial sweeteners for a couple of weeks, then your taste buds will remain in sweet-craving mode. Getting ALL of your biology on your side is the goal of phase 1. This means your fat cells as well as your tastebuds. Don’t skip that part of the step.
      -Chef Dawn