5 Tropical Treats for Your Spring Break Staycation

While throngs of college students flock south for spring break, swarming coastal resorts from Cancun to Punta Cana, some of the unlucky few are left on campus or at their homes, scrolling through Instagram beach pics and wishing they were somewhere warmer. Though eating popcorn on the couch and watching Love Island may do the trick for some, what really gets you are the mouthwatering food posts bombarding your feed. 

You might not be in Mexico or the Dominican Republic for spring break, but that doesn’t mean you can’t eat like you are! Here are some treats you can make at home to spice up your break.

Sweet and Spicy Mexican Fruit Cups

Watermelon, mango, pineapple, cucumbers, and coconut: what is there not to like? If you’re looking for tropical flavors with a hint of spice and lime, this snack delivers. The recipe is super easy to follow, but if this still hasn’t convinced you, a simple alternative is mixing fruits with lime juice, Tajin spice (a seasoning containing chile pepper, salt, and lime), and Chamoy original (a sauce made of apricot, mango, plum, chilies, and lime). 

Tostones

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Tostones are native to many Latin American ad Caribbean countries. Translated as twice-fried, tostones are flattened and fried green plantains. They’re simple to make and they can transport you to the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and more; just take your pick!

Elote

Take a trip out of your sheltered resort and into the bustling streets of Mexico City. Elote is sweet corn often sold by street vendors in Mexico. Topped with chili powder, cheese, mayonnaise, and cilantro—sweet corn has honestly never tasted better. Plus, you probably already have most of the ingredients in your kitchen!

Fish Tacos

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Fish tacos are a more fun and youthful take on seafood, a staple for spring break. This recipe also includes a sweet and spicy corn slaw that elevates the dish from your typical fish tacos. The tacos, filled with well-seasoned cod, avocados, sourcream, and your homemade slaw, will completely change your perception of seafood, transforming a boring night in.

Shrimp and Rice

You might not be sitting on the pier in a tropical port city, but you sure can pretend you are with these fish tacos! The sweet undertones in this dish bring a tropical and exotic feel to the comfort of your own home!

You might be at home for this spring break, but that doesn’t mean your taste buds can’t travel the world instead! Now, just add a few cocktails into the mix (here’s one of my personal favourites), kiss FOMO goodbye, and your staycation is complete. 

Photo from @peri.fooding on Instagram