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Lose Water Weight with Dandelion-Cranberry Tea


1/2 lb. bacon, cooked and chopped

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 packet dry Ranch dressing mix

8 oz. pasta (I used Shells)

1 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded

1/2 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded

Salt/Pepper to taste

1 jar Alfredo sauce (14.5 oz)


Preheat oven to 375 and grease a 9 x 9 baking dish.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Cook bacon until brown and crispy, about 7 minutes.

Drain fat and place bacon on a paper towel to absorb the grease.

In a gallon size Ziploc bag, add in the olive oil, diced chicken (raw at this point), and Ranch mix.

Shake around in bag until chicken is evenly coated.

Add chicken to skillet and cook until no longer pink. Set aside.

In a pot of boiling water, cook pasta until al dente.

Drain water and add pasta to greased baking dish.

Add cooked chicken and Alfredo sauce to the pasta.

Sprinkle both cheeses, bacon, and salt/pepper to the top of the Alfredo and place pan in oven.

Bake until bubbly and cheese is melted, about 15 minutes.

Remove from oven and serve!! Enjoy!!

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Dandelion-Cranberry Tea helps drop a couple pounds of water weight very fast. It’s my go-to trick when I am feeling puffy or flabby,Β depending on what my diet has been like and where I am at in my cycle. You can see results within 24 hours!


This was inspired by a recipe I saw on Pinterest, but it was full of junk ingredients and extra sugar, so I wanted to see if I could experiment and figure out a recipe that lost the water weight, but didn’t have any extra sugar or junk in it.Β I have been using this recipe for about 2 years now and it works like a charm every time.

Dandelion leaf is a natural diuretic that increases urine production by promoting the excretion of salts and water from the kidneys. Dandelion is loaded with trace minerals, potassium, iron and calcium. Dandelion is reputed historically to be an excellent liver tonic and blood purifier, and one of the best diuretics, complete with its own potassium source. It is reported also to regulate the gastro-in
inal system, and is a good cure for anemia and acne. It also has the reputation for lowering serum cholesterol and blood pressure, eliminating gas and acid indigestion, aiding in weight loss, and counteracting certain cancerous tumors.

Cranberry juice is also a diuretic, increases metabolism and is high in vitamin C.

water weight 1 6691

I make my tea on the stove top with a cast iron tea pot. I use 4 bags and let it steep a long time, like over an hour, to make sure the tea is super strong.

water weight 3 671

I don’t need my tea to be sweet, so a 1/2 cup of cranberry juice is more than enough for me. You could get away with a full cup if you want it sweeter. Several of the recipes I saw also called for honey or stevia, but that is just overkill in my book. If it is not sweet enough for you, try a tiny bit of honey till you get it to your liking.

water weight 3 672

Add the water to the tea/cranberry juice mixture.

water weight 2 670

Add the lemon juice. If you leave your lemons out at room temperature and roll them under the palm of your hand for a couple of seconds you will get more juice out of your lemon.

water weight 5 673

Mix it all up and it’s ready to go!

Remember, lemon juice is very detoxifying. So if you start to feel a little bit like you are getting sick, or feel achy, have a headache, or get fatigued all of the sudden, your body is in detox mode. Scale back on the tea until symptoms go away, or if you like that you are in detox mode, keep drinking the tea and take an epsom salt bath to help with the detox symptoms and relieve some of the yucky feeling. Walking or bouncing on a tramoline is great as well, to help flush out the toxins from your body faster.

Also, just for FYI, I drink an herbal coffee substitute made of dandelion in the mornings instead of coffee, called Dandy Blend, and that helps me keep the water weight off too, not to mention all the other health benefits of consuming dandelion as mentioned above.

Dandelion-Cranberry Tea, loose water weight fast! It really works!

Dandelion-Cranberry Tea

Author Mama & Baby Love


  • 2 cups of dandelion tea, about 4 bags, cooled to room temperature.
  • 1/2 cup of cranberry juice
  • Juice of three lemons
  • 4 cups of filtered water

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  • Kaci Willis
    January 8, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    This looks fabulous. Thanks for posting this! I’ll have to ask my OB next week if I can drink this. I am in my 5 month now and have a new found love/craving for black tea. I’m allowed a cup a day πŸ™‚

    • Nichole
      January 12, 2013 at 3:15 AM

      Did you happen to find out if it was ok? I too am pregnant ad was wondering

  • Chelsea
    January 8, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Making the tea now! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Melissa
    January 10, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Hi Stephanie!

    I bought the dandelion tea today and plan to make it this evening. About how long does it last in the fridg if you make that much?

    Thank you!!!

    • Stephanie
      January 11, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      Several days. I have had in there as much as 5 days, it tastes best on 1 to 3 days. And it works best if you drink it all in one to two days too.

      • Melissa
        January 13, 2013 at 5:07 AM

        Thank you! I made it and just used it all up on day 3! Yummy! Can’t thank you enough for the great advice! xo

        • Stephanie
          January 14, 2013 at 4:05 PM

          My pleasure!

      • Melanie
        January 14, 2013 at 1:48 AM

        How often do you drink the tea, every day or just when you feel bloated?

        • Stephanie
          January 14, 2013 at 4:04 PM

          Usually just when I feel bloated. You could drink it every day if you want though.

  • Sharon
    January 14, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Hi, This sounds wonderful. My question is when you drink this for a day for detox and water weight loss, are you fasting? Are you just drinking this tea?


    • Stephanie
      January 14, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      Nope, I am eating like normal. But my normal is pretty healthy.

  • Heather
    January 14, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    This tea looks great, and I had a major problem with water weight in my last pregnancy. I am still nursing my 18 month old 3-4 times a day, and I’m wondering if this is safe while nursing and pregnant. My initial reaction is that it would decrease milk supply since it is a diuretic… I would love to be able to drink something while pregnant next time to keep the water weight to a minimum…. guess I should ask my OB…

    • Stephanie
      January 15, 2013 at 1:17 AM

      I think it would be ok, you probably would want to take it easy, not so much because it is a diuretic but because it is also detoxifying. And it’s ok to do simple detox while you are pregnant but you just want to go very slowly.

  • sandra
    January 15, 2013 at 5:04 AM

    i was wondering if this would work with limes instead of lemons.

    • Stephanie
      January 15, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      I am not sure! Try it and let mek now!

  • nanodee
    January 17, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Stephanie I think the drink looks lovely and refreshing but a concern would be for people being treated with anti coagulants such as warfarin, there is an interaction that can cause the INR levels to rise and stop blood clotting

    • Cassandra
      January 18, 2013 at 2:52 AM

      Hi Nanodee – thanks for the comment. This is a great opportunity to point out our policies page, that has a medical disclaimer so people know that we here at Mama and Baby Love are not dispensing medical advice and all readers should speak with their doctors before doing anything we suggest.

  • Lisa
    January 23, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Do you drink the one batch over 2 days?


    • Stephanie
      January 23, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      Yes. Its usually about 3 glasses a day, sometimes if I want the one batch to last longer. I pour a glass half full with the tea and then fill it the rest of the way up with water and that makes it last longer.

  • Anonymous
    February 25, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Hi. I saw this on pintrest and it said it would help me lose weight. It said 3-4 pounds a week. Is that true?

    • Stephanie
      February 25, 2013 at 11:31 PM

      It’s true for me!

  • Christine
    April 15, 2013 at 4:02 AM

    What’s the recipe? I can’t find the info on how much water.

    • Stephanie
      April 15, 2013 at 7:31 PM

      It’s in the post. πŸ™‚

  • Barbara
    May 1, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    I never knew that Dandelion was in tea bags. Amazing. I suppose a Food Co-Op or Health Foods Store would carry this. I have at least 17 more pounds to lose…..I would like to lose more, but that is my short term goal.

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    • Stephanie
      June 19, 2013 at 6:54 PM

      Oh my gosh, I have no idea what you are talking about! I am so bad with technical stuff I have a small team of people who help me with admin and technical support. I just do marketing and write!

  • Jennifer
    June 23, 2013 at 4:26 AM

    I am excited to try this recipe, thank you for posting it. I have read your post several times and can’t find where you mention how much water and lemon juice to add to the tea/cranberry juice mixture? Would you mind including that information? Thanks!

    • Stephanie
      June 23, 2013 at 3:27 PM

      The recipe is at the very bottom/last page of the post, but it is three lemons. πŸ™‚

      • Jennifer
        June 23, 2013 at 4:18 PM

        Oh my gosh thank you for pointing that out. I kept stopping at the “mix it up and you are good to go” part. My apologies.

        • Stephanie
          June 23, 2013 at 4:26 PM

          No worries at all, I am always happy to help. πŸ™‚

  • Laura
    July 10, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Where could I find dandelion tea bags?

    • Stephanie
      July 10, 2013 at 8:48 PM

      I find them at my local natural grocery store. BUt you can also get it at amazon. If you click the words Dandelion Leaf that are highlighted in yellow in the post it will take you an amazon link where you can order it online. πŸ™‚

  • Amanda
    May 4, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Is it possible to make dandelion tea with fresh dandelions? I’m super frugal and would love to harvest my own instead of buying.

    • Stephanie
      May 4, 2015 at 9:55 AM

      Of course!

  • Jen Marie
    May 4, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    I went out and bought the ingredients and made this today. It tastes pretty good! I’m so excited to find a natural and healthy way to get rid of that bloated feeling, especially after a day of salty food or traveling. Thank you so much for your recipe and articles. I’ve purchased your ebooks and love them, as well.

    • Stephanie
      May 5, 2015 at 11:17 AM

      You go girl!! You will be feeling better in no time! Thanks for all the love. πŸ™‚

  • Erika
    May 5, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    My homeopath recommended dandelion root extract to help with some issues I’m having. Perhaps I’ll incorporate this tea as well. I’m trying to wean myself off sweet tea, but it’s so hard!! Especially when you are Southern πŸ˜‰

    • Stephanie
      May 5, 2015 at 11:21 AM

      Sounds like a good plan. And I hear ya, I am Southern too, I started drinking sweet tea at like 5 or 6 years old-thanks to my Grandma (sweetened with Equal no less!!! Ugh!!) and that was a hard habit to break. You could also sweeten my recipe with a little bit of raw honey if you want, to help you with the transition.

  • Heather
    May 8, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    This stuff is just plain delicious!

  • Denell
    April 29, 2016 at 10:33 PM

    May I ask if you used organic unsweetened pure cranberry juice or the normal grocery store cranberry juice?
    This looks yummy. I have tried everything to lose weight and it keeps increasing, i am wondering if it is from water so would love to try this. Thanks!

    • Stephanie
      May 2, 2016 at 1:24 PM

      Pure cranberry juice. πŸ™‚

  • Maria Miller
    August 24, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    it looks like it is about 5 cups in total when you add all of the ingredients. if you drink all “5 cups” in one day I assume that is possible but would you get the same results or is it too potent to drink them straight. Would it be better to water them down? is this something you can drink all day and replace for soda or any other drink you have with meals?