Healthy Freezer Options
This year, we experience something like nothing before. We've had to stock our kitchen with foods to avoid even leaving the house. For the healthier eaters, it created quite a frenzy.
Fresh versus frozen
In my house, we started to wonder if the fresh foods were even safe to eat. At one point, many recommendations said that frozen foods were better than the fresh produce that could contain the virus. After being so focused on fresh foods for so long, it was a big mindset shift for me to now focus on frozen foods.
I was happy to see, though, that I didn’t have to compromise my veggie intake. There is actually a wide range of healthy options tucked in the freezer section of your grocery store, including...
We’ll start with a more obvious selection of frozen spinach, but I found so many ways to use it. You can certainly sauté for a side dish at dinner. You could also toss some in your morning smoothie or lunch soup, or even your pasta dish at dinner. Spinach is loaded with vitamins B, A, C, K and so many other vitamins and minerals, it’s worth tucking it into any meal you can! Just be sure to pick up the plain frozen versus the creamed or sauce-covered version.
This is the newer addition to the freezer section. You may find it in florets, riced, or mashed – one is just as delicious as the next. Personally, I always have a bag of riced cauliflower in my home freezer. It’s an easy swap for grain-based rice and even cooks a lot faster. You can also toss some frozen cauliflower florets in your morning smoothie for a hidden boost of nutrients and smooth texture without any recognizable flavor.
Frozen spiralized veggies
Often right next to the frozen cauliflower are a variety of frozen spiralized veggies. Frozen spiraled beets, sweet potatoes, zucchini – there are so many options! Pick up a package of spiralized zucchini along with a jar of your favorite pasta sauce and enjoy! Dinner will actually be cooked in less than 10 minutes.
Of course, what trip down the freezer aisle of your local grocery store would be complete without a bag of frozen fruit. Again, these can be tossed into a smoothie. But if you’re rolling your eyes thinking that so basic, then give this a try! Make your own gut healing gummies. You just need frozen berries, lemon juice, water and gelatin powder... and gummy bear molds, of course. These are so fun to make with your kids or niece and nephew.
The other super easy option you have with frozen fruit is to make a homemade dairy-free ice cream. Simply blend up your frozen berries with a frozen banana and you have a guilt-free sweet treat!
What are your favorite healthy freezer options? I know I just scratched the surface, so I’d love to know your go-to freezer items.
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