There is a major misconception that frozen produce is over processed and bad for you. But don't rag on the frozen aisle, because frozen produce is one of the healthiest choices you can make in the market!
A study from The Frozen Food Foundation and the University of Georgia found that the nutritional value of frozen fruits and vegetables is often greater than their fresh counterpart. That's because fresh produce loses nutrition as it's picked early, ripens while being transported, and sits on shelves before being eaten.
Produce starts losing nutrients the second it's harvested, which isn't a problem for frozen produce. Those frozen peas are allowed to fully ripen before being frozen right away to lock in their nutrients. Still need a couple more reasons to start shopping the frozen aisle? Here you go:
Freezing produce preserves it enough that it does not need additives or extra processing. But checking the packaging ingredients before purchasing will make sure you are buying produce without additives.
Frozen = shortcut
Using frozen produce can cut your meal prep time in half. It's convenient to use and easy to keep stocked in the freezer. Your frozen veggies won't spoil as quickly as fresh will. You can even have frozen out of season produce in your freezer for half the cost with more nutrients than if you were to buy it fresh.
Now that you've done your research and will start loading your grocery cart with produce from the frozen aisle, don't miss out on these 8 vegetables - they're healthier frozen than fresh.
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Get creative with your frozen veggies - use your frozen cauliflower to make a pumpkin spice breakfast, or tossing a few frozen peas in around snacktime...they're easier, less expensive and healthier than fresh produce after all.
Kristina Tieken is a staff writer for FamilyShare, public relations specialist with a love for the fine arts, food and exercise. She enjoys watching movies and spending time with her husband and family.