Nutritional value, ingredients, and sourcing are the keys to picking up a frozen produce that you can eat without worry or hesitation. Click ahead to see our complete Guide to Healthy Frozen Food Selection.
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Something to consider with frozen produce is its health as related to the food’s age. This refers to the fact that, as soon as fruits and vegetables are harvested, they begin to age, thusly losing nutrients with each minute they’re not eaten. Frozen foods benefit from being frozen in time, and often the time from being picked to frozen is quite short.
Bell Peppers, broccoli, butternut squash, carrots, cauliflower, and spinach are excellent frozen vegetable purchases. Whether you buy a steam-in-bag variety or one that you steam yourself, there’s nothing unhealthy about cooking vegetables via steaming. Additionally, you’ll often find that frozen vegetables give you more bang for your buck than their fresh counterparts.
There is an ever-increasing amount of healthy, organic frozen meals available to environmentally-conscious shoppers and diners. These dishes include things like grass-fed beef, USDA-certified organic fruits and vegetables, wild-caught salmon, and organic black bean burgers. Your frozen meal can be as simple as plain old vegetables or as exotic as enchiladas with cheese or chicken and vegetable potstickers.
Real Simple explains how to select frozen meals. “Select entrées with no more than 3.5 grams of fat per 100 calories, no more than 600 milligrams total sodium, and no MSG or trans fats… For bonus points, choose meals with at least four grams of fiber... Brands that consistently offer healthy options include Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice, Smart Ones, Kashi, and the Whole Foods house line.”