My Morning Addiction

BY Janice Lipman TIMEJune 27, 2015 PRINT

And no its not coffee.

For years I would watch Frank knock back a potent “greens” drink in the morning. I could not understand how he could enjoy such an awful smelling – really grassy and green – and in my opinion, disgusting tasting drink. He drank this religiously, with such relish, always offering me a taste, encouraging me to try “it’s so good for you” as I would recoil in horror. No way, never, just can’t do it.

However, I began to change my tune a bit as I started reading some of the benefits of these phytonutrient rich “green drinks” when Frank asked me to come up with smoothie recipes for his most recent book Revive, Stop feeling Spent and Start Living Again. (formerly called Spent).

He wanted the smoothies to contain not only a “greens” powder but also whey protein (in particular whey from grass-fed cows).

And so I began experimenting, first with the obvious smoothie addition – a banana, then blueberries and less banana, mangoes and pineapple, even avocado. Using fresh fruit or frozen fruit, the combinations were endless and to my surprise, the taste of the “greens” was completely undetected. I tried adding coconut water or almond milk instead of filtered water and discovered how much I was enjoying the smoothies and how easy breakfast now was.

I was and still am hooked. Having a whey protein and phytonutrient rich (greens) smoothie for breakfast is part of my morning ritual. I never miss a day and now that the shake powders come ready mixed in an easy to use daily packet in the Recharge shake powders, I can travel with my shake too! My Mom never has to ask me “what are you having for breakfast” or go searching for the right smoothie ingredients, when I visit them in South Africa. I just take my breakfast with me. (and it beats plane food anytime).

Blueberry Pear Smoothie (Serves 1)

  • 1 large ripe pear, peeled and diced (a Bartlett pear is best)
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of ground ginger
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1 packet Recharge Shake powder
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  • Blend in a blender until smooth and creamy

PS…..On days you don’t have time to blend up a smoothie, you can just add 8-12 oz filtered water, or coconut water or almond milk to the Recharge Shake powder. Shake it up in a blender bottle and you are good to go.

Janice Lipman is the wife of Dr. Frank Lipman, founder and director of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City. This article was originally published on

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