I was at the market today and saw this unusual concoction called “Fruit With Tajin” at one of the fruit stalls. I was both intrigued and perplexed by this unique drink with sweet/sour taste that yielded delicious results upon my first taste testing. I went home and did some research on it, and I’m here to share what I found with you.
Finding healthy foods to eat is not an easy task given the junk food culture. It is even harder to know all your options regarding what you eat, and to choose the best option. That’s why we have created this infographic that you can share with other people who find themselves in a similar situation, so they can get healthy information about fruits and eat them at their fullest.
Fruits With Tajin
This tart and tangy Mexican fruit cup is topped with tajin chili lime seasoning which makes the ripe fruit pop with unique and vibrant flavor. Tajin on fruit is great as a healthy snack that is kid friendly and adults love it too!
WHY THIS MEXICAN FRUIT CUP RECIPE WORKS
- It is super easy to make and you can use most any fruit of your choice to make this Mexican fruit cup.
- You can chop the fruit and make a delicious authentic Mexican fruit salad with Mexican fruit seasoning to serve your guests.
- It is packed full of flavor and tajin chili lime seasoning makes fruit pop with tangy zing!
- It is super healthy and great for a grab and go snack that kids and parents love.
- Grab some lime wedges and squeeze in some lime juice for some extra mouth pucker and freshness.
WHAT IS TAJIN SEASONING?
Tajin is a seasoning powder made of chili peppers (chili powder), sea salt and dehydrated lime juice. It originated as a popular Mexican condiment. A similar condiment popular in Mexico is Chamoy, a sauce made from fermented fruit and chilies which provides a similar contrasting flavor profile.
Tajin tastes like a combination of salty, sweet, sour and heat which makes the sweetness of fruit in a Mexican fruit cup and other dishes pop. Tajin on fruit is simply the best flavor combination!
WHAT TO PUT TAJIN ON?
Tajin is typically paired with ripe fruit, specifically, mango, cucumber, pineapple, cucumber or jicama and is quickly becoming known as an amazing fruit seasoning. Most fruits with a very sweet profile marry well to this tart tangy salty contrast boosting the sweet flavor.
Tajin is also good with lime, with beer or as a flavor rim on a delicious refreshing margarita or bloody mary! And clearly, you should be relaxing on a gorgeous beach with a beer, margarita or Mockail (Beet, Ginger Mint Spritzer Mocktail) in hand, nibbling on this healthy super snack.
Tajin is wonderfully versatile and works well with many other dishes such as chicken, fish, vegetables, eggs, salad, popcorn seasoning and even on a sweet fruit sorbet!.
HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE
To make a Mexican fruit cup, cut fruit to your desired size and sprinkle with tajin chili lime seasoning salt.
Note: You can cut fruit in long slices that you can hold on-the-go or you can chop into cubes and eat in a bowl with utensils (hopefully while relaxing on a gorgeous beach).
Note: You can pick any fruit you like. Generally, this seasoning compliments sweet fruits the best.
What Fruit is Good With Tajin
Beans are a nutritious source of complex carbs and plant-based protein.
Just 1 cup (179 grams) of white beans has twice as much potassium as a banana, clocking in at a whopping 21% of the DV. The same serving of black beans provides 13% of the DV
While black beans contain phytates — an antinutrient that may reduce your body’s mineral absorption — you can soak dried beans overnight to help reduce their phytate content, as this compound will leach into the water .
Both white and black beans are incredibly versatile and easy to add to salads, burritos, and stews.
Beans are a terrific source of potassium. While white beans pack more potassium than black beans, both are delicious ways to add more of this mineral to your diet.
Aside from beans, the legume family includes lentils, chickpeas, soybeans, and peanuts — all of which are high in potassium.
For instance, a 1-cup (198-gram) serving of lentils packs 15% of the DV for the mineral, while the same serving of chickpeas, soybeans, and peanuts provide 10%, 19%, and 23% of the DV, respectively.
Certain legumes, such as lentils and chickpeas, contain phytates. Therefore, remember to soak them overnight to reduce their phytate content. You can also try sprouting them
Legumes such as lentils, chickpeas, soybeans, and peanuts are rich in potassium. Soaking or sprouting them before eating them may improve mineral absorption.
3. Tomato Paste
Tomato paste is made from cooked tomatoes that have been peeled and seeded.
Just 3 tablespoons (50 grams) contain more than 10% of the DV. Tomato paste is also a good source of vitamin C and lycopene, a potent antioxidant with cancer-fighting properties
This concentrated condiment adds flavor to all tomato-based sauces and dishes, but watch out for products that have added sugars, additives, or preservatives. You may want to pick the product with the fewest ingredients.
Tomato paste not only enriches the taste of your food but also provides ample amounts of potassium. Just 3 tablespoons (50 grams) pack around 10% of the DV.
4. Butternut Squash
Butternut squash is a sweet-tasting winter squash. While technically a fruit, it’s cooked like a root vegetable.
Just 1 cup (205 grams) provides 12% of the DV for potassium. It’s also a great source of vitamins A and C and has smaller amounts of B vitamins, vitamin E, and magnesium.
You can easily roast, boil, steam, or chop butternut squash for dishes such as baked veggies or hearty soups.
Butternut squash is a great source of potassium, boasting 12% of the DV in a single cup (205 grams).
Potatoes are a starchy root vegetable that remains a staple food in numerous countries.
One medium boiled potato (167 grams) offers 12% of the DV for potassium.
However, there are many varieties of potatoes, and their potassium content may depend on the soil in which they’re grown.
Potatoes are rich in potassium and are a staple in many households. One medium spud typically provides 12% of the DV for this mineral.
Fruits and Their Benefits
Oranges are a sweet, round citrus fruit packed with vitamins and minerals.
Oranges are among the richest sources of vitamin C, with one medium fruit providing 117 percent of a person’s daily value of vitamin C.
A 141 g orange also contains the following nutrients:
- 65 calories
- 16.27 g carbohydrate
- 3.4 g of fiber
- 61 mg of calcium
- 14 mg of magnesium
- 238 mg of potassium
- 63.5 mg of vitamin C
Vitamin C acts as a powerful antioxidant in the body. This vitamin is also essential for immune system function. It boosts immune function by helping the body to absorb iron from plant-based foods.
The human body cannot make vitamin C itself, so people need to get this vitamin from their diet.Oranges also contain high levels of pectin, which is a fiber that can keep the colon healthy by binding to chemicals that can cause cancer and removing them from the colon.
Oranges also provide the following healthful vitamins:
- vitamin A, a compound that is important for healthy skin and eyesight
- B-vitamins, including thiamin and folate, which help keep the nervous and reproductive systems healthy and help create red blood cells.
How to eat oranges
People can eat oranges on their own as a refreshing snack or by drinking a glass of pure orange juice. Juice oranges at home or choose a brand of fresh juice whose label states it is not from concentrate.
People can also grate orange peel into a salad, yogurt, or as a cereal topping to add extra flavor.
Limes are a sour citrus fruit that provide a range of health benefits.
Like other citrus fruits, limes provide a healthful dose of vitamin C. They also have similar health benefits, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties.
The juice of one lime provides the following nutrients:
- 11 calories
- 3.7 g carbohydrate
- 6 g calcium
- 4 mg magnesium
- 51 mg potassium
- 13.2 mg vitamin C
Read more about the benefits of limes and lime water here.
How to eat limes
Limes work well in savory foods. Try adding the juice or grated peel of a lime to flavor salad dressings or rice dishes. Otherwise, juice a lime and add to hot or cold water for a refreshing drink.
Grapefruits are sour fruits full of health-inducing vitamins and minerals. Grapefruits can be pink, red, or white.
Half a grapefruit contains the following nutrients:
- 52 calories
- 13.11 g carbohydrate
- 2.0 g fiber
- 27 g calcium
- 11 g magnesium
- 166 g potassium
- 38.4 g vitamin C
The flavonoids in grapefruits can help protect against some cancers, inflammation, and obesity.
A review study suggests the compounds called furanocoumarins found in grapefruits can help protect against oxidative stress and tumors and may support healthy bones.
Some research from this review suggests that grapefruit furanocoumarins may have anticancer properties, which may be especially effective against breast cancer, skin cancer, and leukemia. Researchers still need to carry out more studies on animals and humans to confirm these properties.
People may wish to see a doctor before adding grapefruit to their diet, as it can interact with certain medications.
How to eat grapefruit
Try adding grapefruit slices to a fruit salad, or squeeze the juice into water to make a drink. Otherwise, people can buy pure grapefruit juice from the supermarket.
Like other berries, blackberries contain health-boosting anthocyanins.
Blackberries contain many seeds, so they have a high fiber content. This means they can help improve gut health and heart health.
Half a cup of blackberries contains the following nutrients:
- 31 calories
- 6.92 g carbohydrate
- 3.8 g fiber
- 21 mg calcium
- 14 mg magnesium
- 117 mg potassium
- 15.1 mg vitamin C
How to eat blackberries
People can eat blackberries fresh, add them to yogurt for breakfast or dessert, or add frozen blackberries to smoothies.
Apples make a quick and easy addition to the diet. Eat them with the skin on for the greatest health benefits.
Apples are high-fiber fruits, meaning that eating them could boost heart health and promote weight loss. The pectin in apples helps to maintain good gut health.
One medium apple contains the following nutrients:
- 95 calories
- 25.13 g of carbohydrate
- 4.4 g of fiber
- 195 mg of potassium
- 11 mg calcium
- 8.4 mg vitamin C
Research has shown that there is a link between eating apples regularly and a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, and diabetes.
Apples also have high levels of quercetin, a flavonoid which may have anti-cancer properties.
One study found that people who ate whole apples were 30 percent less likely to be obese than those who did not. This can lower the risk for diabetes and heart disease.
How to eat apples
Raw apples make a great snack and combining them with almond butter helps balance protein and fat intake. People can also add raw or stewed apples to yogurt, or use applesauce in cooking.
Many people consider pomegranates to be a ‘superfood.’ They are high in antioxidants and polyphenols, which help to combat the oxidative stress that can cause disease in the body.
Eat pomegranates with the seeds to get the fiber benefits.
One raw pomegranate contains:
- 234 calories
- 52.73 g of carbohydrate
- 11.3 g of fiber
- 666 mg of potassium
- 28 mg calcium
- 28.8 mg vitamin C
One pomegranate also contains 46.2 micrograms (mcg) of the recommended 80 mcg daily allowance of vitamin K. This vitamin is essential for strong bones and healthy blood cells.
A review study about the health benefits of pomegranates suggests that they have anti-inflammatory effects and may help protect against brain-related diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. This may be because pomegranates contain particularly high levels of polyphenols.
Research discussed in this review also suggests that pomegranates may restrict the growth of human prostate cancer cells.
How to eat pomegranate
Pomegranates can make a great addition to salads, or to couscous or rice dishes. Pomegranates are sweet, so people can also add them to yogurt and fruit salads.
Pineapple is an exotic fruit that may help reduce inflammation and promote healthy tissue growth.
Pineapple contains an active compound called bromelain, which many people take as a dietary supplement because of its potential health benefits.
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health state that bromelain can help with reducing nasal inflammation or sinusitis. However, scientists need to carry out more research into its benefits for osteoarthritis and its anticancer potential.
Pineapples contain manganese, which the body uses to build bone and tissue. A medium slice of pineapple also contains the following nutrients:
- 42 calories
- 11.02 g carbohydrate
- 1.2 g fiber
- 92 mg potassium
- 40.2 mg vitamin C
- 11 mg calcium
How to eat pineapple
People can enjoy fresh pineapple by itself or in fruit salads. They can also use pineapple to make a tropical salsa or add it as a topping on fish tacos. Try adding frozen pineapple to smoothies.
Bananas are well known for their high potassium content. A medium banana contains 422 mg of the adequate adult intake of 4,500 mg of potassium. Potassium helps the body control heart rate and blood pressure.
Bananas are also a good source of energy, with one banana containing 105 calories and 26.95 g of carbohydrate.
The 3.1 g of fiber in a regular banana can also help with regular bowel movements and stomach issues, such as ulcers and colitis.
A medium banana also contains the following nutrients:
- 1.29 g protein
- 6 mg calcium
- 32 mg magnesium
- 10.3 mg vitamin C
How to eat bananas
A banana is an excellent fruit to use to thicken a smoothie. People can also use them in baking as a natural sweetener or to make banana bread or pancakes.
5 Tasty Ways To Use Tajín Seasoning
The Mexican spice blend Tajín is a chili-lime salt blend offering a citric acid burst of brightness, the savory hit of salt and the manageable heat of mild Mexican chili peppers. The fire engine red seasoning has die-hard devotees all over the U.S. While Americans are going wild for this chili-lime sensation, this flavor combo is far from new. The Tajín brand has been around since the 80s, but the combination of chili and lime has long been part of Mexican cuisine.
What’s great about Tajín is its versatility. Originally marketed to top fruits and vegetables, the spicy-savory salt blend can be added to meals at all times of the day, even dessert. Interested in taking on Tajín but not sure where to start? Here are five ways to incorporate Tajín into a meal any day of the week.
Salty-Sweet Fruit: Tajín shines when sprinkled on slices of mango, watermelon, pineapple or added to a fruit salad. Top your fruit blend before eating for visual appeal or toss the fruit in the spice mix to incorporate. Tajín is best added according to personal taste; just keep in mind a little goes a long way.
Veggie Pick-Me-Up: Add the kicky spice blend to veggies, giving a boost of flavor to your salads and sides. Tajín is perfect paired with raw, sliced cucumbers, carrots, or jicama, but works equally well sprinkled over grilled or roasted veggies too. Don’t be afraid to experiment! Sprinkle it over your roasted or grilled, buttered corn; or if you are making elote, a popular the Mexican street food, it’s the perfect finishing move.
Snack Booster: The salty, sweet, and savory combo is a welcome addition to crunchy snacks of all kinds. Mix it into your roasted cashews or sunflower seeds, for a perfect nighttime snack. Top your stovetop popcorn or sprinkle it onto plain potato chips. Or try stirring it into a homemade snack mix; no matter the snack, the addition of a chili-lime kick can’t be beat.
Drink Enhancer: Grab a cool beverage and top it with some Tajín for an extra kick! Substitute the salt rim of a margarita or a michelada with a spicy citrus boost. Alcohol-free beverage options that are especially tasty with a touch of tajin include lemonade, limeade, and mango-based beverages.
Protein Upgrade: Whether it’s used to season ground beef for tacos or or as a spice rub for your pork roast, Tajín can be used as an easy flavor shortcut for any number of main dishes. Tajín can be leveraged as an instant spice rub for beef, poultry, pork and even fish. Whether it’s simple pan-seared steak, roasted chicken, or grilled shrimp skewers, the spice blend is a great go-to boost for any weeknight meal.
Looking to grab a bottle for yourself? Look for Tajín Clásico, the flagship flavor. For those concerned about their sodium intake, Tajín offers a low-sodium version, so you can still get all the chili-lime goodness. And for anyone looking for a little more heat, Tajín Habanero is for you. Tajín can be found Mexican and Latino markets and on conventional grocery store shelves nationwide.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF EATING FRUITS
1. Eating lots of fruit lowers the risk of developing disease
Eating fruit every day lowers the risk of so many diseases, it’s hard to list them all! For starters, a 2003 study found that eating fruit (and veggies) lowers your risk of developing heart disease. Since heart disease is the #1 killer in the US, that’s definitely a major benefit that helps us all.
In 2003, the Harvard School of Public Health also found that eating whole fruits may help lower the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. Fruit can also help control your blood pressure, reduce your risk of developing certain cancers, and so much more. Some smaller preliminary studies found that it may even help prevent certain eye diseases and stave off dementia.
The bottom line, eat more fruit and you just may live a longer and healthier life!
2. Snacking on fruit makes you strong
As part of an overall healthy diet, fruit can really help make your bones and muscles stronger. A 2011 Florida State University study found that eating dried plums, in particular, can help prevent osteoporosis. Other fruits for healthy bones include avocados, cranberries, and tomatoes.
You’ll also want to snack on fruits rich in magnesium, as the mineral helps your body absorb calcium. These include bananas, most berries (black, blue and strawberries), figs, grapefruit, and even watermelon.
As far as muscles go, a 2020 study done by the University of East Anglia found that vitamin C can help you retain muscle mass. I don’t think I have to remind you that fruits are just loaded with C!
3. Water content in fruit helps keep you hydrated
Certain fruits are super high in water content, which helps keep your whole body hydrated. While straight and plain water is always best, eating more fruit can help you reach your daily requirement, especially if you’re just not a fan of the plain stuff.
Watermelon is the obvious choice, as its name implies. Did you know that strawberries also have about 92% water content, though? Grapefruit and cantaloupe are also made up of about 90% water. Even apples are a good option, with about 86% water.
4. All fruit has antioxidants that combat free radicals
If you don’t know, free radicals are nasty little unstable atoms that make us age faster, damage our healthy cells, and even cause cancer. Antioxidants are substances that help fight them off. While all fruits have them to some degree, ripe fruits are especially loaded with antioxidants, according to this study.
5. Fruit is high in fiber, which helps keep you fit and healthy
One of the greatest benefits of fruit is all the healthy fiber in them. According to the USDA, it helps reduce blood cholesterol levels. That, in turn, goes back to the first point- it lowers your risk of heart disease. Fiber is also super important for healthy bowels. It helps keep you “regular,” which can prevent issues like constipation, hemorrhoids, and diverticulosis.