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On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m sharing the 3 best healthy frozen vegetables and fruits to save money.
Before I get into today’s post, tell me in the comment section below, which fruits and vegetables do you buy in the frozen section at the grocery store?
The common perception is, fresh fruit and vegetables are always better than frozen produce.
In some cases this is true, but sometimes frozen fruit and vegetables can be the healthier way to go.
Studies show produce may lose up to 45% of its nutrients, within the first 16 days of it leaving the farm, to the time it reaches your kitchen.
During transport, the produce may also be exposed to poor conditions that further depletes its nutrition value.
However, when the produce is frozen, it is often frozen within 4 hours of being picked, thus avoiding these issues.
This means produce may taste better when frozen, since the freezing locks in the taste, and retains more of its nutrients.
In addition to this, in most cases, buying frozen produce is also cheaper.
Add these 3 frozen produce items to your grocery cart to save money.
Let’s get started.
Nothing beats adding frozen blueberries to a superfood smoothie.
Frozen blueberries turn a boring smoothie into a frozen frosty treat.
When frozen, the blueberries do not lose their antioxidant super powers that help fight off cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Frozen Blueberries Tip: Make sure you store your blueberries in a freezer bag, squeeze out all the air, then consume it within 4 months of buying it.
This is one of my favorite go-to low glycemic fruit snacks to fight off cravings.
Frozen cherries retain much higher levels of antioxidants when frozen versus canned.
Frozen Cherries Tip: Similar to frozen blueberries, when you store your cherries in a freezer bag, squeeze out the air, then consume them within 3 months to get the most nutrition out of the frozen cherries.
I’ll be honest, I prefer the taste of fresh spinach.
However, some studies show frozen spinach contains more calcium than when you consume it fresh.
When you’re ready to eat the frozen spinach, simply steam it, then add it to your egg omelets.
Steaming spinach will actually help your body absorb more of the antioxidants.
Frozen Spinach Tip: Don’t let your frozen spinach sit in your freezer too long, since the spinach begins to lose it’s heart disease fighting properties after 3 months.
If you want to save even more money from buying frozen produce, consider purchasing frozen:
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