You have been told to stay away from processed foods and any foods that are packaged. So does this include frozen fruit and vegetables? We have some good news for those who want to eat healthy without forgoing any of the convenience of processed foods. Get ready to hit the freezer aisle.
- Frozen Produce is Mature: Here is a little fact for you – the moment a fruit or vegetable is picked, it starts to lose its nutrients. This is because it has just been plucked from its source of life. Many times when you pick up fresh produce, you could be consuming it several days, if not a week after it has already been harvested. Also, since most of the produce found in stores comes from over 1500 miles away, it is picked before it is ripe, and then it ripens in transport. This means less vitamins and minerals for you. However, frozen fruits and vegetables are frozen shortly after they are harvested. This means that the fruit or vegetables were allowed to ripen on the vine/tree/underground before they were picked.
- Frozen Produce is Just as Nutritious as Fresh: There is very little difference between frozen and fresh produce. In fact, some cases even showed that the frozen produce had more nutrients in it. For example, one report showed that the vitamin C level dipped 50 percent or more after a week after harvest. However, the frozen broccoli only lost 10 percent of its vitamin C content over a period of one year of being frozen. You can rest easy knowing that you are still getting all of the wonderful health benefits from your frozen fruit and vegetables.
- Frozen Produce Doesn’t Come With Junk: Thankfully frozen produce does not need additives to keep it fresh. If you look at a lot of the canned or jarred fruits or vegetables, you may see that they have a lot of added sodium, sugar, and other additives to keep them looking and tasting fresh after you open them. That is not the case with frozen produce. Of course, there are a few brands that add extra stuff to their frozen vegetables and fruit, such as seasoning or cheesy vegetable sides. Be sure to avoid those ones and just add your own seasoning after you cook it.
- Frozen Produce Makes Eating Healthy Easier: In the ideal world, we would all go to the farmers’ market, pick up in season produce, and make a delicious feast from it. However, real life is a bit demanding, so staying healthy can be a challenge. Cue in frozen produce to help you stay healthy in a hurry. Smoothies take only a minute or two to assemble when you have frozen fruits on hand. A healthy dinner is also very easy to assemble when you can just dump a few bags of frozen produce in a pan to make a delicious stir-fry. The best part is that clean up is a breeze too.
There are so many options when it comes to frozen fruit and vegetables. Add them to smoothies, oatmeal, stir-fries, soup, and so much more. Now eating healthy just got a whole lot easier, and you don’t have to sacrifice the taste or benefits of fresh.
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