Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Meatless Mondays at Tropical Smoothie!

Yea, yea, it's Thursday, not Monday. But I figured if I shared this with y'all now so you'll know in plenty of time to plan your Monday lunch. If you're anything like me, you're obsessively stringent with your meal plans and you need to know a few days before Monday what you'll be eating then. Or maybe you eat what you feel like when you feel like it. Whatever. Just remember this sweet deal!

So on Monday, I was in Jonesboro, Arkansas while my daddy was having surgery (he's doing well, by the way). Around 11 a.m., my tummy started growling (I'd been up since 5 a.m.), so I headed out to grab a Ruby Tuesdays salad bar to go. Jonesboro is a small town dominated by chain restaurants, and vegan options are slim. But on the way to Ruby Tuesdays, I passed a Tropical Smoothie Cafe and swerved into the parking lot without even having a chance to turn on my blinker (sorry, dude behind me).

For about a year, Tropical Smoothie has allowed diners to substitute Beyond Meat Chicken-Free Strips in any wrap or sandwich that contains chicken. But in Memphis, the closet Tropical Smoothie to my house is about 20 minutes away, so I'd yet to test this out. I kinda thought maybe the Jonesboro location wouldn't have the vegan chicken because it's Jonesboro. But lo and behold, not only did they offer Beyond Meat, but my cashier even told me his sister is vegan. He was able to help me veganize a sandwich, making sure none of the other ingredients in the sandwich were off-limits.

And not only that, he informed that every Monday at Tropical Smoothie Cafe is Meatless Monday. And meals ordered with Beyond Meat are HALF OFF! I got this Jamaican Jerk Wrap with Beyond Meat (southwestern rice, black beans, asparagus, jerk sauce, onion) and Original Baked Lay's ...


And this 24-ounce Sunny Day Smoothie (orange, banana, kiwi, mango) ...


For only $6!!! The wrap was fantastic, and the smoothie was just perfect. But most of all, I love that a major casual chain restaurant is offering half-off to customers who order their meals vegan-style rather than with meat! How freakin' cool is that?!

On Twitter, Tropical Smoothie said the deal may not be available at all cafes, but it is available at a bunch. I mean, it's in Jonesboro for god's sake. And they did confirm that ALL locations offer Beyond Meat.

So when you're looking for something to eat next Monday (or when you're planning your meals for the week Sunday night), don't forget about Meatless Mondays at Tropical Smoothie!

4 comments:

Dana said...

i LOOOVE tropical smoothie. there's one right next to my office and one not far from my house. it's definitely my go-to when i'm out and need a quick, healthy meal!

Barb@ThatWasVegan? said...

I've never even heard of this place and was thinking... too bad there aren't any here in Denver. But I just went on their website and there are TWO in Denver metro. YAY!

Michelle (wife, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, co-worker, and striving to be a Proverbs 31 woman) said...

Can't wait to see you, Barb! We now have 3 locations! Denver Tech, Streets at Southglenn, and now in Centennial Promenade in front of IKEA. Better yet, we're having our Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, Apr 12 with free smoothies 10a-5p at our Centennial Promenade location - 9615-D E. County Line Rd. Oh, and yes -- come by and try our Beyond Meat product any day but 1/2 off on Mondays! See ya soon!

Sheridan said...

I have a Tropical Smoothie close to my office and Drew and I meet up there for lunch pretty often! I need to remember to go on Mondays when it's cheaper! Woohoo!