Health and Fitness By Mae Davies / October 20, 2014 Fruits become your best friends when you want to lose weight. Why? Fruits are high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber—but low in fat. These are some fruits that are great to include in meal replacement shake recipes. Mangoes This tropical fruit isn’t just a delightful blend of sweet and sour; it is also a great companion for women who wish to cut back on fat. That’s why it’s great for meal replacement shake recipes. Mangoes can be mixed with a bit of avocados for a delicious smoothie you can drink in the morning or afternoon (as you wish). Prepare ¼ cup of cubed mangoes, ¼ cup of mashed avocado, ½ cup of mango juice, and ¼ cup of low-fat vanilla yogurt. Mix them all together with 6 ice cubes in a blender. Raspberries A cup of fresh raspberries, another cup of frozen raspberries, ¼ cup of chocolate chips, 6 ounces of vanilla yogurt, and half a cup of skim milk are all you need for this tasty diet shake. There are other meal replacement shake recipes for raspberries. This next one includes bananas and spinach. Take note: this recipe is for 4 servings. You need a banana, a cup of frozen raspberries, a cup of orange juice, 8 baby carrots, 2 scoops of protein powder, a container of strawberry yogurt (non-fat), 2 teaspoons of flaxseed oil, ¼ cup of dry oatmeal, 12 ice cubes, and a handful of spinach. Now that’s a lot of ingredients, but that only makes this recipe fun. Mix them all in a blender until a smooth consistency is achieved. Peaches A peach contains very little calories, so it should be part of your shake recipes. You don’t have to fuss about ingredients to mix it with. All you need are a cup of skim milk and 2 teaspoons of flaxseed oil. Blend the skim milk with a cup of frozen peaches (preferably unsweetened). When smooth, pour in flaxseed oil. Oranges and Lemons This citrus combo is just tangy. Not to mention, this combination is rich in Vitamin C, which you need not only for immunity but also for better metabolism. Toss a cup of soy milk, 6 ounces of lemon yogurt, a regular orange, and 6 ice cubes in a blender. Then add a tablespoon of flaxseed oil. You now have a meal replacement for either breakfast or lunch. Apples An apple a day keeps the doctor away. That cliché is truer than you think—at least, in this case. Apples can help make a tasty low-fat meal replacement shake. You need ½ cup of skim milk, 6 ounces of vanilla yogurt, 2 tablespoons of cashew butter, and 6 ice cubes. Of course, you know the routine now. Put them all together in a blender. Pineapples Tingling sweet pineapples are some of the healthiest and tastiest fruits on the planet. Not only can you enjoy your low-calorie pineapple shake, but you can also lose weight with it. Thus, you can’t have meal replacement shake recipes without seeing pineapple on the list. So, get 4 ounces of chunked pineapples and blend it with a cup of non-fat milk and 6 ice cubes. Once a smooth, even texture is achieved, add the flaxseed oil. It doesn’t get any easier than that. Bananas Bananas are ubiquitous in meal replacement shakes. You can put bananas and milk in a blender with ice and blend them together. Check that creamy banana smoothie. But you can also have other varieties of banana-based diet shakes. This time, get a regular sized banana. Cut the banana and put the cut pieces in the freezer. Leave them there until they are firm. Mix half a cup of soy milk, half a cup of tofu, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder (sugar-free), and a tablespoon of honey in the juicer. Then add firm, cold bananas from the freezer. Once smooth, pour everything in your glass or jug. Enjoy! Another addition in your banana meal replacement shake can be almonds. Just like in the previous recipe, slice a piece of banana and let it go firm inside the freezer. Once frozen, take out the sliced bananas, and put them in a blender with a tablespoon of almond butter, half a cup of almond milk, half a teaspoon of almond extract, 2 teaspoons of flaxseed oil, and a bit of honey. With these different meal replacement shake recipes, how can losing weight be boring?