My Morning Addiction

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

Click here for more RECHARGE Smoothie recipes

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.

  • Karen Sakas

    Dr Frank turned me on to greens 8 years ago and I'm not joking it change my health I'm a green drinker forever!

  • Emjay

    We drink the green lemonade almost every day! It's awesome and tastes very good to me and my daughter. However, my 11 yr old grand daughter doesn't like it. It takes her a long time to down a half cup of it. I plan to try this recipe. She loves smoothies! Where can I find the Revive powder? Thanks for the idea. We all love smoothies, but want to get those 'greens' in too.

  • It comes with the Revive kit


  • Eric

    I would like to try this, but having to 'Buy the kit” to get the revive powder for $229, just sounds like the same old SCAM. You had me until then, but I'll keep my money and make my house payment, not yours.

  • Christy

    I have purchased your “Spent?” book and am keen to start my daughter, husband and self on smoothies in the morning. It says to check for a recommended list of whey and greens powders, I can not seem to find anything but a link to eleveneleven – as we are in the UK it would be helpful to have a list of products that can be purchased at a health food store. Thank you!

  • Julia

    I am also hoping to find a list of products that I can buy at my local health food store to support our local economy.  I am wondering about a greens powder that you reccomend.

    Thank you, Julia

  • Kerry

    If you're in the US you can use the Revive kit, which includes a greens powder and whey protein powder (from organic grass-fed cows). 

    If not, here are some other brands we recommend: 

    – Vanilla Whey protein powder: Whey Cool by Designs for Health or Jay Robb’s products are good.  The key is to look for whey from organic, grass-fed cows. 

    – Greens powder: ProGreens by Allergy Research Group,
    PaleoGreens by Designs for Health, Green Vibrance and Nano Greens are


  • Rachael Galwey

    Hello. I’d love to try your Revive program and also to add greens powder to my morning shakes, but the shake powder on offer contains spirulina and I am very unfortunately HIGHLY allergic.  Do you have an alternative greens product or point me to one that does not contain spirulina?  Thank you so much. Rachael