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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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1/13/2014 11:31:04 PM Report Abuse
wardarose26 wrote:

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10/24/2013 07:16:02 AM Report Abuse
mjankowska wrote:

I have a smoothie with almond milk, blueberries, hemp powder bananas, apple cider vinegar, spinach and blend it. It sounds horrid but is actually really yummy, you cant taste the vinegar as it has a apple taste once mixed with all ingredients. I do excercise but not everyday but my stomach is getting toned and defined which is great I feel stronger and my skin is fresh so I think it is working. Only 3 days a week for breakfast and am full till after midday.

10/21/2013 10:37:09 AM Report Abuse
marie2019 wrote:

The right foods are not only good for our insides, but they can also help repair skin problems. In fact, applying honey to scars or wounds hasten healing in certain circumstances. The reason? Honey has antibacterial properties. Here are some other great tips.

9/23/2013 11:22:11 AM Report Abuse
dsommese wrote:

Great tips!

9/23/2013 10:04:50 AM Report Abuse

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