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Brilliantly Healthy Ways to Cook with Tropical Fruits This Summer
Stock up on antioxidant-rich papaya, mango, and pineapple for these creative recipes.
Rachael Hartley, R.D., C.D.E., C.L.T., Avocado a Day Nutrition
Fish Taco Salad with Spicy Mahi and Mango Salsa
Containing over 20 different vitamins and minerals, mangoes elevate this taco salad with mahi mahi to superfood status. Substitute mangoes for tomatoes in your next salsa to add a hint of sweetness to your spicy dish.
Get the recipe: Fish Taco Salad with Spicy Mahi and Mango Salsa
Kara Lydon, R.D., L.D.N., R.Y.T., The Foodie Dietitian
Mango Turmeric Overnight Oats
Mangoes and turmeric give these overnight oats a one-two antioxidant punch. Top fiber-rich oats with fresh mango purée, a sprinkling of turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger, and a splash of tropical coconut milk to take your morning oatmeal to the tropical destination of your choice.
Get the recipe: Mango Turmeric Overnight Oats
Bucket List Tummy
Mango Lime Quinoa Salad
Tropical fruits are no longer just for fruit salads. Pair sweet mango with savory ingredients like avocado, tomato, lime, cilantro, and feta for a refreshing summer quinoa salad that's packed with vitamin A, magnesium, B6, iron, copper, and antioxidants.
Get the recipe: Mango Lime Quinoa Salad
Shannon A. Garcia, M.D.S., R.D., L.D., KISS in the Kitchen
Elizabeth Ann Shaw, M.S., R.D.N., C.L.T., Shaw's Simple Swaps
Cheesy Habanero Stuffed Turkey Burger
Grilled tropical fruits make delicious, healthy burger toppings! The pineapple adds a nutrition boost and a little sweetness to balance out the spicy habanero cheese and poblano pepper. Plus, using lean ground turkey in this burger is a simple swap that helps slash calories and fat.
Get the recipe: Cheesy Habanero Stuffed Turkey Burger
Regina Braun, Leelalicious
Thai Baked Pineapple Fried Rice
No dirty dishes with this fun spin on a classic Thai dish. A baked pineapple shell serves as the bowl for this fried rice loaded with tropical fruit, veggies, and cashews. Be sure to opt for brown rice and additional protein (think chicken, shrimp, or tofu) to make this dish even healthier.
Get the recipe: Thai Baked Pineapple Fried Rice
Sharon Palmer, R.D.N., The Plant-Powered Blog
Curried Tofu Papaya Wraps
Talk about a delicious, healthy way to eat tropical fruit on the go. Made in a whole-grain tortilla and packed with tofu, greens, and papaya, this wrap is loaded with nutrients like beta-carotene, vitamin C, fiber, and protein to keep you full and satisfied. The coconut red curry sauce will leave you drooling.
Get the recipe: Curried Tofu Papaya Wraps
Stephanie Kirkos, Steph in Thyme
Papaya Coconut Chia Pudding
If you haven't jumped on board the chia pudding train yet, here's your chance! Chia pudding is packed with protein, fiber, and omega-3s. And the papaya and coconut add a tropical flavor boost and more fiber. This delicious breakfast is one that's sure to hold you over until lunchtime.
Get the recipe: Papaya Coconut Chia Pudding
McKel Hill, R.D.N., Nutrition Stripped
Beachy Papaya Boats with Papaya Seed Drizzle
Transport yourself to the beach with these tropical papaya boats filled with avocado, figs, hemp seeds, cashews, and granola—and topped with a delicious peppery and sweet papaya seed dressing. Chock-full of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin A, folate, manganese, potassium, and copper, these boats are totally beach-worthy.
Get the recipe: Beachy Papaya Boats with Papaya Seed Drizzle