On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m sharing the 3 best frozen fruit and vegetables to add to your grocery cart.
The common perception is fresh fruit and vegetables are always healthier than frozen produce.
In some cases this is true, but sometimes frozen fruit and vegetables is the way to go.
Some studies show fruit and vegetables 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, fruits and vegetables may also be exposed to poor conditions that further depletes it of its nutrition value.
Fruits and vegetables that are sold as frozen often times avoid these issues. In many cases, frozen fruit and vegetables are frozen within 4 hours of being picked.
This often means, frozen fruit and vegetables retain more of their nutrients and can taste better since the freezing locks in the taste. In most cases, buying frozen is also cheaper.
Nothing beats adding frozen blueberries to a smoothie. Not only does is turn a boring smoothie into a frosty treat, but when frozen the blueberries do not lose their antioxidant super powers to help fight off cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Frozen Fruit Tip: Store your blueberries in a freezer bag, squeeze out all the air, and consume within 4 months.
One of my favorite go-to snacks to fight off cravings. Frozen cherries retain much higher levels of antioxidants when frozen versus canned.
Frozen Fruit Tip: Store your cherries in a freezer bag, squeeze out the air, and consume within 3 months to get the most nutrition packed cherry.
I’ll be honest, I prefer the taste of fresh spinach, but some studies show frozen spinach contains more calcium.
When you’re ready to eat it, simply steam it to help your body absorb more of the antioxidants, then add it to your omelets.
Frozen Vegetable Tip: Don’t let your frozen spinach sit in your freezer to long as it begins to lose it’s heart disease fighting properties after 3 months.
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.