Chillin’ with Frozen Veggies and Fruits
By your Fitness Trainers at Century Fitness
Frozen vegetables and fruits are very convenient, just as tasty compared to fresh, and often a bit more nutritious. The added nutritional value occurs because they can be picked closer to ripeness since they will be frozen for shipping. Besides the boosted nutritional value, typically you’ll be getting a better cost value versus fresh. Fresh is still awesome, especially locally and responsibly grown– so when you see a farmer’s market, stop to browse!
An important recommendation for frozen foods is to skip the added sauces or flavorings, which may add; sugar, unhealthy fats, preservatives and artificial ingredients. So, make sure you read both the label and the ingredients. It is easy to spice up plain veggies yourself and this way you can control the situation. Perhaps you are keeping your salt intake reasonably low, (which is always a good plan), then you can use a spice mixture that is a salt alternative.
Most veggies and fruits freeze well with a simple quick process by the food manufacturer. Here are some suggestions to look for in the frozen food section:
– VEGETABLES –
String Beans Spinach Brussel Sprouts Squash
Broccoli Carrots Peas Corn
– FRUITS –
Blackberries Mango Blueberries Strawberries
Raspberries Cherries Kiwi Pineapple
Sources: Tufts University Health & Nutrition News
This article is intended to be provide knowledge of general health and fitness principles and is not medical advice. Please consult with a physician if you have questions.