Raise your hand if you’d like a set of abs for 2016? Yeah, so would we, but no amount of crunches will undo a bad diet. And the most important meal to hone in on is the first one. "A study has shown that people who skip breakfast end up eating more throughout the day—to the tune of about 100 calories," says celebrity fitness trainer Harley Pasternak who works with Kate Upton, Kim Kardashian and Megan Fox (a.k.a. women with killer bods). But before you grab a croissant, consider this: "a healthy meal should consist of a low-fat protein and a high-fiber carbohydrate, with as little sugar as possible," says Pasternak.
While we love the idea of whipping up a fresh fritatta every morning, we often end up hitting our snooze button for as long as possible instead. If you're like us, you might want to consider a yogurt or smoothie which offers both protein and fiber. When picking out a yogurt, steer clear of the super sweet varieties. "It should contain more grams of protein than sugar," says Pasternak, who likes Siggi’s (an Iceland version of yogurt made out of skim milk). If you're looking to up your fruit or veggie intake, blend some into a smoothie. Check out the recipe Pasternak recommended to us (also found in his book, The Body Reset Diet, $10; amazon.com). Truth: we love that this smoothie because it nearly tastes like dessert.
Harley Pasternak’s Apple Pie Smoothie
5 raw almonds
1 red apple
3/4 cup nonfat strained yogurt
1/2 cup organic nonfat milk (or almond milk)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Blend and enjoy!