Fruits and vegetables are the nutritional powerhouses of your diet. They are full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants that may protect against cancer, heart disease, stroke and other health problems. Buying fresh fruit and vegetables may seem like the more expensive option at the grocery store. One way to eat healthily while staying within your budget is to venture into the frozen section of your grocery store. Here are four reasons why frozen veggies and fruits should be in your shopping cart the next time you are food shopping!
- Cost: Both the quality and cost of fresh fruits and veggies can be a big turn off during the colder winter months. Frozen vegetable and fruit prices are fairly stable throughout the year and are a great way to enjoy produce that are not in season!
- Frozen is just as nutritious as fresh: When picked at harvest time, fresh vegetables and fruits are immediately flash frozen, which stops their aging process and preserves nutrients. The nutrition quality is the same or sometimes even better than their fresh counterparts since they are not losing any nutrients during transportation and are not exposed to heat, light and oxygen.
- Minimal prep time: Cooking with frozen vegetables is easy and a huge time saver. There is no preparation – just boil or steam and serve. Including frozen veggies in meals such as soups, smoothies, stir fries, pasta and casseroles are super simple. Having frozen vegetables in the freezer means that you always have vegetables on hand to make a healthy meal, whether you are cooking for yourself or a family of six. Try this great side dish that would be a perfect addition to any meal.
- Less waste: Frozen vegetables and fruit will not grow mold if you forget about them, so there is less chance of waste. Also, the sorting for quality has been done for you, so you don’t have the problem of buying a pint of raspberries and realizing the ones on the bottom have gone bad.