Frozen foods get a bad rap for being processed junk, but the truth is, some of the healthiest foods in the market are in the freezer section. Here are five important reasons to stock up today, and all year round, on iced veggies and fruits.
The minute a fruit or veggie is picked, it begins to lose nutrients, so exactly when it's plucked, and how long after harvesting you eat it impacts its nutritional value. Because most frozen fruits and veggies are frozen shortly after they're harvested, they're allowed to fully ripen, which means they're full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and freezing “locks in” many of their nutrients.
Because freezing preserves food, no unwanted additives are needed in bags of frozen goodies, like spinach and strawberries. In addition, “naked” produce (e.g. no added salt or sugar) is the norm, so it's incredibly easy to find fruits and veggies with single word ingredient lists--simply the fruit or veggie itself. To be sure, always check the ingredients, but I bet you'll find at least a dozen varieties in the freezer aisle with absolutely nothing added.
One of the best things about keeping frozen options on hand is that they don't require any washing, peeling, or chopping. And for many, that benefit is the sole reason veggies wind up on their plates. Because frozen produce is prep-free, reaching for it can save you a ton of time, allowing you to make healthy dishes at home, rather than opting for takeout.
Keeping your freezer stocked with a variety of frozen fruits and vegetables enables you to use them in a variety of different ways. With the large variety of frozen fruits from us, you can make endless delicious smoothies but also you can use these for so many other dishes!