Even during the summer I often by frozen fruits and veggies. The main reason I like buying frozen veggies is they are already cooked, making dinner time a lot faster to get on the table. They are affordable, nutritious and quick to prepare. You can defrost them, throw them in a pan with some butter, salt and pepper and you’re good to go! I did that this week with these steamfresh Brussels sprouts from Bird’s eye: I pan seared them in butter, added garlic and seasonings, and BOOM. A delicious side dish. I make this at least 3-4 times a month. We really love our sprouts! (Try adding some bacon and searing the in the bacon drippings…. just dooo it!) Don’t forget about dessert! Fresh frozen wild blueberries from Wyman’s are soooo good! I made Wild Blueberry No Bake Cheesecake Bites with them! (recipe to come soon 😉 ) So, let me get a little more in depth with the benefits of frozen foods. There was a study done by the University of California, Davis in partnership with the Frozen Food Foundation. The findings revealed that frozen fruits and vegetables are generally as rich in nutrients, and often more so, than their fresh counterparts. The process of freezing fruits and vegetables is like nature’s pause button, and an easy way to help combat the cost of fresh produce and even more so the cost of fresh out of season produce. Other issues it helps with is being able to prepare your fruits and veggies before they spoil. As you know already, fruits and veggies are major contributors to our essential nutrient diet. So, keeping a well stocked freezer with your favorite fruits and veggies year round will help keep other bad snacking to a minimum. Nearly 80% of Americans fail to consume the recommended amount of fruit and nearly 90% fail to consume their daily intake of veggies. That’s a pretty scary statistic so keep those freezers stocked! I hope I have eased your thoughts about the nutrient of frozen fruits and veggies!
What is your favorite way to prepare these frozen items for your family??
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