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A Cool All-Day Plant-based Menu Packed with Tropical Flavors

Recipe: Raw Vegan Pineapple and Goji Berry Tart


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These cool, refreshing fruits are in season during the summer so it’s the perfect time to grab them at your local grocer’s and try out some new recipes. What’s more, tropical fruits offer your body a wealth of nutrients like vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that you might not always get on a non-summer diet.

Satisfy your tropical food tooth with the following five mouth-watering recipes. Each will take you on a little flavor trip to the tropics during every meal (and snack) throughout your day.


Pina Colado Smoothie

Tired of waking up to heat and humidity? Cool yourself down before you start the rest of your day with this pina colado smoothie. It packs in 10 grams of multi-source plant protein from brown rice, hemp, pea proteins and savi seeds, giving your body a greater variety of proteins to utilize. The added coconut water keeps you hydrated with necessary electrolytes too so you’ll definitely be ready to start your day off right!



 Rainbow Salad with Umeboshi Dressing

This salad looks tantalizingly tropical just by its bright array of colors thanks to its healthy mix of red pepper, papaya, leafy greens, avocado, bean sprouts, tofu, beat and sesame seeds. The tropical flavors are blended together nicely with more Asian essences, giving your taste buds a zing of instant refreshment. The tropical papaya in this recipe provides your body with a real punch of vitamin C and large doses of vitamin A, folate and potassium, too.



 Strawberry Mango Loaf

Mix strawberries and mango together and you’ve got a comforting, yet tropically refreshing dish. A slice or two of this strawberry mango loaf should do just the trick to curb your mid-day (or midnight) cravings. The strawberry provides you with vitamin C, manganese, and fiber while the mango is a great source of flavonoids like beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin along with vitamins A, B6 and E.



Pineapple Jack BBQ Sauce Sandwiches

A tropical sandwich? It can be done, and done well! And guess what? We have a great recipe for it! This pineapple jack BBQ Sauce sandwich is the perfect blend of favorite summer flavors—tropical, sweet, salty, and smoky. You can reap some health benefits too, especially from the crushed pineapple which will supply you with vitamin A and manganese and lesser amounts of fiber, vitamin B6, copper, vitamin B1 and folate.



Raw Kiwi Tart with Ginger, Mint and Coconut

Cool down your day with this raw kiwi tart that is full of soothing ingredients like ginger, mint and coconut. From crust to filling, this dish is packed with nutrients. The crust is packed with healthy walnuts, oats and raisins or dates (at your choosing) while the filling is a blend of cashews, mint leaves, ginger root, coconut oil, dates, maple syrup and kiwi. Get a massive dose of vitamin C with the kiwi and the help reduce bad cholesterol levels with the unique combination of fatty acids housed in the coconut milk.



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