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10 Frozen Foods That Are Good for You

10 Frozen Foods That Are Good for You
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By    |   Friday, 31 May 2019 10:05 AM

Frozen foods can be a blessing when you are short on time. Although some choices in the frozen food aisles are unhealthy, nutritionists say that there are exceptional products that have fewer preservatives and can make your life easier and healthier.

“As the frozen food aisle continues to expand its offerings, you have at your fingertips delicious, real and nutritious food, Tara Gidus Collingwood, M.S., RDN, tells Newsmax. “I personally eat frozen meals for lunch quite often. It’s like making your own lasagna and freezing a piece of it. I love the variety, especially now with so many plant-based options on the shelves. I don’t always have time to think about my own lunch when I’m packing them for my kids. Knowing I have a frozen option is a lifesaver.”

Collingwood, who is the team dietitian for the Orlando Magic pro basketball team, says she loves frozen fruit to throw into smoothies.

“Frozen veggies like spinach, corn, peas, broccoli and potatoes are extremely convenient for those last minute ‘throw-it-on-the-table- dinner nights,” she adds. “Frozen produce is picked at its peak of ripeness as well as nutritional value and frozen, locking in the taste and good ingredients.”

Here are 10 favorite frozen foods:

1. Edamame. Baby soybeans are filled with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals says Sharon Palmer, RDN, also known as The Plant-Powered Dietitian. She likes to use them in stir fry, curries and salads.

2. Spinach. This nutrient option is an inexpensive way to add color, fiber and nutrition to any meal especially when fresh spinach is not in season and quite pricey. Toss with pasta and chicken or use in omelets.

3.Sweet corn. Sweet corn is a treat and very versatile. Mix with black beans and salsa for a super easy Mexican treat or as a simple but nutritious side dish.

4. Blueberries. Buying organic frozen berries helps reduce the levels of potential pesticide on this healthy, antioxidant-rich fruit. Garnish cereals, use in smoothies, or mix into a pancake batter, says Amy Gorin, owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in the New York City area.

5.  Pitted sweet cherries. Malina Linkas Malkani, RDN, spokesperson for  the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, tells the Food Network that cherries are “nutritious and nutrient dense.” They contain vitamin C and fiber as well as powerful anti-inflammatory compounds.

6. Brown rice. Cooking brown rice from scratch takes 40 -50 minutes so this two-minute shortcut makes a lot of sense. Brown rice has more fiber and protein than white rice because it contains the outer layer, the bran, of the rice kernel.

7. Riced cauliflower. This versatile, nutritious product satisfies carb cravings without the calories. Toss with olive oil and chopped cilantro for a satisfying side, or use it to make a gluten-free pizza crust.

8. Butternut squash. Peeling and cooking fresh squash can be time consuming so roasting these little nuggets in the oven with olive oil, salt and pepper, makes an easy and healthy side dish.

9. Baked potato wedges. Jim White, RD, owner of Jim White Fitness & Nutrition tells the Food Network that they are “lower in fat and supply the carbs and potassium to help with recovery during a hard-earned workout.”  Simply add a protein and a green vegetable to round out your meal.

10. Peas. This freezer staple is so versatile you won’t want to ever run out. Because they are so small, you don’t have to defrost the peas. Simply toss with hot cooked brown rice, pasta, soups or mac and cheese.

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