Frozen fruits and veggies usually come pre-cut, washed, ready to go, and downright convenient for people that are always busy. As their nutrition profile goes, freezing fruits and veggies at their peak can actually be a healthier option than buying out-of-season produce.
Here are five fruits and vegetables that you should always consider buying frozen instead of fresh.
Frozen peas are an affordable and convenient option to get an additional serving of your daily vegetables requirement. Green peas can easily be added to soups, stews, or salads or served as a simple side dish.
Fresh spinach is great to eat when you plan to eat it raw, but frozen spinach may be better in recipes that require cooking. If you’re adding spinach to a sauce, soup, stew, or casserole, consider the frozen option.
Fresh spinach loses a significant amount of volume when it cooks down and some nutrients are lost due to leaching. Frozen spinach on the other hand retains a lot of water, so before adding it to a recipe, thaw it in a mesh strainer and run it under warm water.
Break apart the icy chunks with your fingers. Once it is thawed, grab a handful of spinach and squeeze the water out, over the strainer.
One of the main reasons for buying fruits and vegetables frozen is they’re seasonal and often need to be imported from other countries. In order for berries to be ripe by the time they get to your place, they are often picked in their pre-ripe form and they further lose some of their nutrients during their long travel to your grocery store.
Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries have a better value when they are frozen out of season because they begin to lose their nutrients moments after being picked.
you probably have good intentions when you buy lots of carrots but as time goes by, you may find yourself eating take-out or microwaving frozen dinners instead of eating the carrots.
Frozen carrots are an excellent option because of the high levels of beta carotene and antioxidants that get locked into the vegetable through the freezing process, ensuring that it’s powerful health benefits like improved vision, beautiful skin, cancer prevention, and anti-aging don’t disappear.
Mangoes tend to be over-ripe or under-ripe in the store. More so, mangoes are a bit time consuming and messy when it comes to peeling and slicing them. A bag of frozen mango has more potential uses than just making a smoothie. You can thaw your frozen mangoes and use it in parfaits, on salads, and in mixed grains for a tropical twist.