There's no question, the more fruit you eat, the healthier you probably are! But fruit need not be boring! In fact, you can take a tropical trip with something that's as simple as a salad. Patricia Green, who co-authored the book Grain Power stopped by Tonia's Kitchen with her Toasted Coconut Fruit Salad. She starts with 2 cups of Quinoa, along with seasonal fruit. Add a generous amount of toasted coconut, and toss with a mixture of pineapple and lime juices. It's a tropical treat that won't leave you worried about getting into a swimsuit! For more details, visit Patricia's website www.patriciaandcarolyn.com
Preheat a sauté pan on medium heat. Add coconut. Stir constantly until it turns a golden color and is fragrant (about 1 to 3 minutes). Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
In a medium bowl, toss the quinoa, kiwis, strawberries and pineapple with the reserved pineapple juice and lime juice. Sprinkle with coconut just prior to serving.