Many chain restaurants only have like two vegan options. But Tropical Smoothie Cafe is a whole other story! There are a ton of vegan smoothie flavors, and they have Beyond Chicken you can substitute into dishes, too. Let this post be your full guide!
Vegan options at Tropical Smoothie Cafe:
- Vegan Smoothies
- Beyond Chicken Dishes
- Peanut Butter Banana Crunch Flatbread
- Fresh Fruit
- Soft Drinks
Full list of vegan smoothies below—there are a lot! I’ll also share instructions on how to order Beyond Chicken to substitute into any chicken item they have. And I’ll answer a common question about the Kale & Apple Slaw.
I’ll end with an attempt at a whole-food-plant-based guide to Tropical Smoothie Cafe, for those of you avoiding fried and processed food, too!
Tropical Smoothie Cafe Vegan Menu
To make this vegan menu, I consulted the official allergen menu and nutritional info on the Tropical Smoothie Cafe website. There are a lot of vegan options, and there’s especially a lot of chicken items that can be made vegan by substituting in Beyond Chicken.
A ton of their smoothies actually come vegan the standard way. You don’t even have to substitute any ingredients in these:
- Acai Berry Boost
- Blimey Limey
- Blueberry Bliss
- Chia Banana Boost with Peanut Butter
- Chia Banana Boost with Strawberry
- Detox Island Green
- Dragon Fruit Smoothie
- Health Nut with Pea
- Health Nut with Soy
- Island Green
- Jetty Punch
- Lean Machine
- Muscle Blaster with Pea
- Muscle Blaster with Soy
- Orange Ginger Glow
- Paradise Point
- Peaches N’ Silk
- Pomegranate Plunge
- Strawberry Limeade
- Sunrise Sunset
- Kids Jetty Junior
- Kids Lil’ Lime Berry
If there’s a smoothie you want that’s not on this list, you can check the list of smoothies containing milk below to see if it’s there. Or you can just ask staff.
- Fat Burner
- Pea Protein Powder
- Soy Protein Powder
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin C Immune Complex
- Chia Seeds
- Ground Flaxseed
- Matcha Green Tea
- Moringa Powder
- Peanut Butter
- Spinach & Kale Super Pack
- Whole-Grain Oats
2. Beyond Chicken Dishes
Tropical Smoothie Cafe has Beyond Meat Chicken-Free Chicken Strips! This means you can substitute them into pretty much any chicken dish they have. As long as you’re sure to exclude the other non-vegan ingredients, this gives you a lot of options!
On their website, they specifically list these chicken dishes where you can sub-in Beyond Chicken:
- Buffalo Chicken Wrap / Bowl
- Caribbean Jerk Chicken Wrap / Bowl
- Thai Chicken Wrap / Bowl
- Southwest Chicken Wrap / Bowl
- Hummus Veggie Wrap / Bowl
- Chicken Pesto Flatbread
But you can substitute Beyond Chicken into plenty of other dishes, too. Just be clear with your order that you want it made vegan, so that means no other meat, dairy, or egg. They should be able to help you with that.
You can also just get the hummus veggie wrap or bowl without the Beyond Chicken. It’s still plenty to get full on by itself.
3. Peanut Butter Banana Crunch Flatbread
Now this is a great idea. Why don’t more restaurants offer a toasted vegan peanut butter and banana option?
I highly recommend this one. Just ask them to exclude honey. The bananas add enough sweetness anyway, so you’re not missing anything.
4. Fresh Fruit
If you want a piece of whole fruit, these are usually available as sides:
There are at least two vegan chip options you’ll commonly find at Tropical Smoothie Cafe:
- Miss Vickie’s Simply Sea Salt
- Baked Lay’s (Original)
6. Soft Drinks
If you want a normal soft drink rather than a smoothie, you’ve got plenty of vegan options there, too:
- Sweet Tea
- Unsweet Tea
- Coke Zero
- Diet Coke
- Half Tea & Half Lemonade
But What About…
These smoothies are not vegan, as they contain milk:
- Bahama Mama
- Beach Bum
- Chia Banana Max
- Kiwi Quencher
- Mango Magic
- Mocha Madness
- Peanut Butter Cup
- Peanut Paradise
- Triple Berry Oat
- Kids Awesome Orange
- Kids Chocolate Chimp
You may be able to make some of these vegan, if you ask. But they won’t come vegan just standard off the menu.
Is the Kale Apple Slaw at Tropical Smoothie Cafe Vegan?
The Kale & Apple Slaw is not vegan, as it contains egg.
Whole-Food Plant-Based Options
With most of my vegan guides to restaurants, I like to include a list of whole-food plant-based (WFPB) options, too. Such a list can be helpful if you’re vegan for health and trying to strictly avoid fried and processed food, too.
Tropical Smoothie Cafe doesn’t list their full ingredients on their website, so it’s hard to confirm which smoothie recipes are fully WFPB. Smoothies can obviously be WFPB if it’s just blended up fruit and veg. You may want to ask to make sure they don’t add any syrups.
Another gray area for eating whole-food plant-based is fruit juice. Although it’s made from healthy fruit, fruit juices can be very high-glycemic due to all the sugar and the lack of fiber. So you may want to avoid smoothies that contain these concentrated juices, too.
Beyond Meat is mainly made from protein powder and oil, so it’s definitely not a whole food.
So, despite the plentiful vegan options at Tropical Smoothie Cafe, it’s actually a little complicated trying to identify the fully WFPB options. You should be able to get a good green smoothie. But you can definitely grab some pieces of whole fruit, at the very least!
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