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Dr. Frank Lipman’s Breakfast Of Champions


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I am a total breakfast failure: I either skip it or carbo load. Can you offer up some guidance for how I can start my day on a better track?

You want to start the day with protein, good fats, and some high-quality carbs. I think a breakfast smoothie is the perfect rhythm-restoring, nutritious, delicious, and efficient way. My patients are always telling me how they go to bed at night dreaming of their morning smoothie. Smoothies are easy on the digestive system, so the body doesn’t need to work to break down the food and nutrients. Digestion takes up a lot of energy, so by partially resting it, you can save on energy that can be used elsewhere. And though it seems unusual, avocados are a great smoothie ingredient. They add a wonderful creamy texture, plus healthy fats and magnesium, and they have less sugar than bananas. I’m also a big fan of my new Recharge . It’s a blend of whey protein and nutrient-dense greens designed to boost energy and revitalize your system any time you are feeling exhausted or depleted. The whey protein comes from grass-fed cows for optimal purity, and helps build lean muscle mass and speed muscle recovery, which also makes it great post-workout. And it’s infused with organic, nutrient-rich greens for a healthy dose of veggies in every shake.

Dr. Lipman’s Favorite Smoothie Recipe

Greena-Colada Avocado Smoothie

1 cup frozen pineapple chunks

1 cup coconut water (or if you can’t find it, use almond milk or plain water)

1/4 avocado

1 packet Recharge

1/2 to 1 tbsp coconut oil

4 ice cubes

A native of South Africa, New York-based Dr. Frank Lipman is a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine. The founder of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, Dr. Lipman has two wellness-minded books under his belt—not to mention countless high-profile acolytes: Donna Karan, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Maggie Gyllenhaal all keep him on speed dial. His latest venture—Be Well by Dr. Frank Lipman, a collection of supplements and nutritional cleansing products—is out this month.


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