No matter how much it might be needed, a sunny beach getaway isn’t always in the cards. So, what’s a poor, landlocked soul to do? Easy – take a flavor vacation. The fruity, aromatic flavors prevalent in sultry climes (think lime, banana, coconut, mangosteen, guava, pineapple, mango and plantain) are more versatile than you might think. Many – especially tart ones like lime and pineapple – naturally complement dinner staples like fish, pork, seafood, beans, veggies and chicken, as well as herbs and spices such as allspice, curry, cilantro and ginger. Bananas and coconut are well suited to pastries and baking (for proof, see Healthified Creamy Banana Tropical Pie and Healthified Coconut Coffee Cake).
Tropical flavors are also ripe for sweet snacking opportunities; try Yoplait’s Apricot-Mango and Pina Colada Light, Tropical and Lemon Greek 100 and Pineapple-Mango and Coconut Greek flavors. Tropical Prosciutto Bites, at 15 calories per serving, combine sweet and savory flavors, while Healthified Tropical Papaya Smoothies, Pineapple Limeade and Spiked Tropical Spritzers might just transport you to a breezy seaside cabana, albeit momentarily.