Since appearing on The TODAY Show, I've been asked by a lot of people for examples of foods they should eat based on their body type. Here is a quick breakdown of four breakfast smoothies that hits the mark for what you should be eating, whether you're an Athlete, Babyface, Pear, or Apple.
The Athlete's Breakfast Smoothie
Athlete, a smaller, but healthy breakfast is recommended. This one is loaded with the omega 3 powers of ground flax seeds and the antioxidant properties of berries.
O-Mega Berry Smoothie
1 c. plain yogurt
3 tbsp. water
1/2 c. strawberries
1/2 c. blueberries
1 tbsp. ground* flax seeds (*DO grind the flax seeds before blending, or they will do you no good. You can't digest the hull)
The Babyface Breakfast Smoothie
Babyface, you're going dairy-free for this recipe. Let's face it, no one likes to feel like they're ready to eat cardboard two hours after breakfast. And since I'm not a big proponent of foods that will spike blood sugar, this one is loaded with fiber, some fat and protein!
Dairy-Free Banana Nut Smoothie
1 1/2 c. rice, almond, or hemp Milk
2 tbsp. almond nut butter
1 tsp. ground flax seed (see note above)
1 tsp. cinnamon
The Pear Breakfast Smoothie
Pear, dairy gets a green light here, but only the low fat variety. You should also stick with a lighter breakfast. Enjoy this one with good old-fashioned low fat milk.
1 c. milk (low fat)
1/4 c. fresh orange juice (or about 1/2 orange squeezed)
1 peach (frozen or fresh)
1 tsp. ground flax seed (yes, everybody get some...and see note from above)
1/2 tsp. vanilla
The Apple Breakfast Smoothie
Apple, let's watch the sugar this morning and forgo fruit all together. Take advantage of cinnamon in this recipe. It's an amazing spice, and also works wonders at controlling blood sugar levels.
Protein Repair Smoothie
1 1/2 c. milk
1 serving (typically two scoops) vanilla protein powder
1 tbsp. ground flax seed (see note above)
1 tsp. cinnamon