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Harley Pasternak's Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

A Protein- and Fiber-Packed Smoothie That Takes Mere Minutes to Make

When trainer-to-the-stars Harley Pasternak shares a recipe, we're definitely making it. His 5-Factor Diet, after all, has helped both Jennifer Hudson and Jessica Simpson drop major pounds. So when Harley tweeted this simple recipe for a smoothie, the next day's breakfast was a go.

With only a handful of ingredients needed, it's deceptively simple to make and big on protein, calcium, fiber, and vitamins — the perfect way to start a morning. The smoothie itself has the perfect amount of sweetness, and the tiny addition of cinnamon gives it a spicy kick. It's almost like having apple pie in a glass — except this meal will keep you full until lunch! The added bonus of this recipe is how easy it is to build upon; add spinach, kale, or berries to the mix to really amp up the antioxidant power.

Harley Pasternak Breakfast Smoothie

Harley Pasternak Breakfast Smoothie

Harley Pasternak's Breakfast Smoothie Recipe


  1. 5 raw almonds
  2. 1 red apple
  3. 1 banana
  4. 3/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  5. 1/2 cup nonfat milk
  6. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Place all ingredients in a blender. (Depending on how powerful your blender is, you may need to chop the apple and almonds into small pieces before blending.)
  2. Blend on medium high for 30 seconds (or until desired consistency).


Calories per serving
Emily15272910 Emily15272910 3 years
Yes, half the fruits... use almond milk... regular yogurt.. fat-free yogurts have added sugar in them to make up for being fat free. I'm not saying you can't eat fruit, fruit is good for you. But eating an Apple or banana whole is usually better than smoothies because it will keep you full longer & people just tend to take in too much sugar with smoothies. No, two pieces of fruit are not bad for you but this is 49 grams of sugar just in your breakfast, so you will have to workout extra hard and pay close attention to your sugar intake for the rest of the day. Nothing wrong with doing that either, I just think a lot of people see the word smoothie and automatically assume it's good for them. Not enough people read the nutrition facts of the foods they eat and I was just pointing out that the amount of sugar in this smoothie is high. Sugar is sugar regardless and you probably wouldn't put 12 teaspoons of sugar in your coffee so why drink it in a smoothie?
mdab198615338185 mdab198615338185 3 years
Maybe you could sub almond milk for the almonds and milk. Then possibly 1/2 cup of yogurt and half a banana?
Rita15276566 Rita15276566 3 years
Two pieces of fruit in a day is not too much, even WITH the sugar content. By that reasoning, we should avoid all fruits all the time. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, of course, & mine is that you CAN eat fruit on a "diet" & still be healthy & lose weight.
Emily15272910 Emily15272910 3 years
Does anyone else notice that this smoothie has almost 2 times your daily recommended sugar intake?? How in the world this is considered healthy I have no idea. Just because it's sugar from fruit/yogurt doesn't change the fact that it's sugar. To put it in perspective, 48 grams of sugar is 12 teaspoons of sugar.. you should only eat 6 ALL DAY... and this is a smoothie for breakfast. The almonds help some... but 48 grams is a lot no matter how you look at it. Just thought people should be aware as some people may be coming here trying to lose weight or be healthy and this is misleading.
Peechuz Peechuz 3 years
Too many calories, carbs and sugar for a morning meal - not WW friendly at all.
liuchuanfeng liuchuanfeng 4 years
I like!
John14362917 John14362917 4 years
just made this today and it was really good, I added a scoop of vanilla whey protein and it was tasty and filled me up! Highly recommend...will make again. Thanks for the recipe.
Mila_83 Mila_83 4 years
I make a very similar smoothie for breakfast; however, I don't do dairy so I use almond milk, ripe frozen banana, 1tbs of chia seeds,cinnamon. Sometimes I also add half avocado or spoon of peanut or almond butter. Yam!
A-Journey-To-Wellth A-Journey-To-Wellth 4 years
@amymer13- there's Almond Dream yogurt - I use the plain- it's low fat and completely non-diary/lactose free. There are 4 flavours as well. @ham575- you can try making chia seed gel to replace the jelly smooth constancy the banana lends to the smoothie. Mix 2 tablespoons of chia seeds with 1 cup of liquid, pref water but you could prob do it in an almond or soy milk too. Whisk every few minutes to make sure seeds don't clump together at the bottom of the bowl, but let stand 10-15min overall and it should come out nice and thick. I also like to make chai applesauce for other recipe applications, namely in baking. Hope those suggestions help!
ham575 ham575 4 years
Any ideas what I could use to replace the bananas?
Amymer13 Amymer13 4 years
What could I use to sub out the yogurt? I'm on a diet that doesn't allow dairy, I'm using soy milk instead of milk but don't know what to use for yogurt. Any ideas?
Lizzie-Fuhr Lizzie-Fuhr 5 years
Can't wait to make this smoothie! Looks absolutely delicious.
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