Let’s get real, choosing, peeling, chopping, cooking, and storing fresh fruits and vegetables may not always be a realistic option – Have you ever considered buying them frozen? As it turns out, frozen produce is not only flavorful, but in some cases can be more nutritious than when bought fresh. The reason?
Produce that comes to us frozen is harvested at its peak nutritious state and frozen and processed a few hours later. Research suggests that most nutrients and phytochemicals hold up very well during freezing and will remain almost as nutritious several months later as they were when first picked.
Here are a few tips for those that buy frozen produce:
- When making your choices at the store, make sure that the package does not contain frost. Frost indicates that the item may not have stayed frozen the entire time and therefore may be of poorer quality and/or have a higher risk of being spoiled.
- A great way to make steamed veggies from frozen veggies is to pick your favorite vegetable, place the frozen contents into a Ziploc bag, place the bag in the microwave and cook on high for 3-5 minutes. Voila!
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