For a good while now, many health professionals have advised that when grocery shopping, to shop the outer perimeter of the store.
The frozen foods aisle fits into this tip but are frozen foods a good choice?
Fresh is certainly best
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There is nothing better than vine ripened tomatoes or berries, fresh caught seafood or butchered meats.
The flavors really seem to pop yet sometimes fresh it’s not always an option.
Maybe you live in an area where the colder months might result in a lack of variety if fresh foods. The Summer and Fall months offer a plethora of choices in the store and ever popular farmer’s markets, but in the bleak dead of winter months the pickings can be considerably slimmer and this really impact on our diet.
Also it is not unusual to find that fresh foods can be more expensive than frozen or bulk items and therefore may not be cost effective or as financially attractive for many.
Luckily for us, we can turn to frozen as an option.
Frozen foods such as produce are picked and packaged right at peak ripeness and therefore preserved.
Frozen produce is something that I always have on hand and advise clients to do the same.
Berries and other fruits, greens such as spinach and kale, broccoli, cauliflower and other veggies are staples to ensure you can add some nutrient powerhouses to your meal.
Maybe in a smoothie, pasta dish or as a side, when you have frozen produce in your freezer you won’t have to worry about getting in your daily servings of fruits and veggies.
Frozen seafood and meats are a good alternative to fresh as well.
– Most frozen seafood is caught, processed (if needed) and flash frozen making it good choice that is still a healthy option.
– Beef, pork, chicken and other meats are often sold fresh but with the right storage these items can last in the freezer making those ‘what’s for dinner’ nights a bit more manageable and actually pleasureable and nutritious.
In fact, freezing meats and seafood may be a more economical choice, as you can buy in bulk, separate and store.
However, it is important that with frozen meats and seafood you store them properly in sealed packaging to avoid freezer burn.
Frozen foods that are minimally processed are a great choice to have in your freezer
What does minimally processed mean?
Well, you want to choose your produce, seafood or meats as you would if you brought them fresh.
Don’t go for added sugars, sauces, breading and other ingredients.
Although frozen is convenient so you don’t have to run to the market daily, don’t fall for the convenience of already prepared things that have added salt, sugars and fats that you don’t need in your diet.
So whilst the line ‘fresh is best’ is a good one, frozen is not always neccesarily the poor or inferior alternative and it can provide a perfectly healthy and convenient option.
Fresh or frozen foods really isn’t a battle at all if you are making smart choices.
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