Frozen Fruits and Vegetables versus the Fresh Ones

Frozen Fruits

Frozen Fruit Bag

I think it is time for us, to change our attitude regarding frozen fruits and vegetables; of course having a freshly, picked strawberries it is delightful, but after fresh local options have faded, it is time to take in consideration the frozen ones.

Fresh produce are picked before ripening and before having time to develop their full nutrients.
In addition, several days of transportation and the storage time in the grocery store can cause a decline of their qualities.
On the other hand, frozen fruits and vegetables are picked at ripeness.
After that, they are quickly frozen to protect the nutrients inside.
Regarding their price, frozen produce stay stables, while fresh produce price can be change over the night.
Generally, frozen fruits and vegetables are chopped or peeled and you can use them for an easy to cook dinner; they can go right into your blender for a nice soup, or into your pan for a stir-fried.
As opposed to cans, fruits and vegetables frozen produce retain their texture, taste and vitamins.
So, do not give to frozen fruits and vegetables the cold shoulder anymore; you should consider them as an alternative until local fruits and vegetables are on the market.

Why You Should Consider the Frozen Produce

Brussels sprouts. They can provide you with potassium and other minerals that will help you to fight against cardiovascular disease.

Blueberries. They are great source of fiber and antioxidants that can help you to increase your immunity system to fight against free radicals.
Broccoli. Broccoli is a perfect source for vitamin c and k. It is a perfect food for you if you are on diet, providing you with fiber and antioxidants.
Corn.  Corn is a source for lutein and antioxidants, helping you to maintain your eye health.
Butternut squash.  It is packed with beta-carotene and antioxidants.
Mango. It is a perfect source of vitamin C and antioxidants.
Cranberries. They are a source for minerals and they can improve your metabolism.
Spinach. Spinach is a great source for vitamin B in necessary to build the cells.

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How to Get More Advantages from Your Frozen Produce

1.     When you go to your food store, try to choose only the bags where you can feel the individual contents. If you feel a bag like a block that can be a sign that the fruits and vegetables have been melted and their texture is damage.
2.     If it is possible choose organic frozen produce; this way you can lower the expose to pesticides or genetically modified fruits and vegetables.
3.     You should choose just fruit and vegetables with no other ingredients added.
4.     Be careful not to overload your freezer; by packing to much staff, the air cannot circulate around and chill your food properly.
5.     You should label your produce in order to avoid the expiration date.
6.     Do not overcook your produce; you should opt for steaming instead of boiling.
7.     For the best quality control, you should not refreeze your fruits and vegetables.