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You don't need to hire a personal chef (as if!) or resign yourself to starvation to get bikini-ready. All you need is a blender. "Blending is one of the quickest, easiest ways to prep healthy foods, especially fresh fruits and veggies," says FITNESS advisory board member Harley Pasternak, trainer, nutrition expert, and author of the new book The Body Reset Diet. Get his favorite smoothie recipes plus details on how they can kick-start your metabolism and keep it fired up for good.

Build a Better Smoothie

Here are the four things you need to create your own tasty, healthy combos.

A liquid base
Pasternak favors milk -- 1 percent or nonfat -- because it's rich in vitamin D and calcium, which can help your body break down fat. But nondairy milks, like soy and almond, are fine too, he says, as is flavored water.

Lean protein
Getting protein at every meal helps you maintain lean muscle mass, which means you burn more calories throughout the day. Your best bets: plain nonfat yogurt, silken tofu, or unflavored protein powder.

Healthy fats
These give you energy, make your smoothie satisfying, and help your body absorb vitamins. Use up to two tablespoons of an ingredient that contains the good -- that is, monounsaturated -- kind, like avocado, seeds, or nuts.

High-fiber carbs
Any fruit will do, but raspberries and blueberries deliver the most fiber and the least amount of sugar. As for veggies, spinach and cucumber have the mildest, easiest-to-mask flavors.

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lucybrankin292 wrote:

Brenda, liquid diets are very difficult to keep up long-term. You WILL get sick of them after a week or so, trust me! Also some of these have way too much fruit and we all know that too much sugar = weight gain. If your goal is to lose weight and keep it off for good, I highly recommend the Venus Factor. It's basically a program designed specifically for women and it works brilliantly well. Here's a direct link to the guide: -

9/19/2014 06:46:17 PM Report Abuse
rgllawson wrote:

3 smoothies a day for 5 days-ugh! Not sure I could keep that up and not having a solid meal w/ other proteins like chicken, fish, eggs, etc. And not sure a liquid diet is very healthy, despite having a few blended fruits and veggies.

8/10/2014 09:21:30 PM Report Abuse
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5/23/2014 07:03:02 PM Report Abuse
mpar43 wrote:

I frequently have my veggies in a smoothy. Cup of organic spinach, 1/3 cucumber unpeeled and diced, 1 stock celery, whole apple corec or banana, tablespoon or two of honey, five ice cubes, 1/2 cup pineapple crushed or chunked, with juice, 6 oz water. Mix well on "Ice Crusher." Enjoy.

5/20/2014 12:57:36 PM Report Abuse
johnacraig1970 wrote:

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5/18/2014 06:20:32 PM Report Abuse

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