By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer
Since frozen fruits and veggies are usually in the same aisle as super-salty frozen meals and sugary ice cream, it’s easy to think they’re processed garbage. However, frozen produce are actually some of the healthiest things you can buy in the market. Here are some reasons to stock up on your next trip to the grocery store!
First off, the produce is frozen almost immediately after it’s harvested. Unlike their room temperature counterparts that lose nutrition soon after being plucked off the branch, frozen fruits and veggies remain full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants (which fight dangerous chemicals floating around the in the body) for a long while. For example, one study measured the difference between frozen and refrigerated broccoli. The researchers found that the fridge veggie lost about 50% of its nutrients within the first week, while the frozen ones barely lost 10% after a whole year.
Besides their nutritional value, there’s also a number of ways to use the delicious foods. For example, if you buy a pack of frozen strawberries and bananas, just toss them into a blender for a quick and yummy smoothie! If it’s too cold for a frosty beverage, warm them up as a topping for pancakes, oatmeal, or toast.
One study found that on average, women spend just under an hour preparing, serving, eating, and cleaning up after every single meal! With frozen goods, there’s no need to wash, chop, cut, dice, or peel all all. You just throw them in a pan and get to cooking.