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Frozen Food Foundation Study
Are you someone who eats frozen foods? For years, I stayed away from frozen foods because I wasn't sure that they had the nutrients that I was looking for with regards to family.
But did you know that frozen fruits and vegetables are picked and frozen at their peak ripeness, which means they have a high nutritional value at the point of freezing? That's right, freezing is simply nature’s pause button.
Did you also know that research shows that consumers’ perception that fresh produce is inherently better than frozen is misplaced? Frozen fruits and vegetables can be nutritionally equal to – and in some cases better than – their fresh counterparts.
Further, many frozen prepared meals contain frozen fruits and vegetables as part of complete meal options. Adding frozen fruits and vegetables as a side dish to frozen prepared meals and snacks is a great way to tailor your meal while helping meet recommended daily fruit and vegetable intakes.
I am huge advocate of frozen foods. And here is why:
FROZEN FOODS STUDY FINDINGS
A study conduced by the Frozen Food Foundation and University of Georgia mimicked consumer purchasing and storage habits of fresh fruits and vegetables.
The study results reveal that, in many cases, the nutritional value – namely the amounts of Vitamins A, C and folate – of frozen fruits and vegetables is greater than that of fresh-stored produce owing nutrient degradation resulting from long storage time.
OUR FAVORITE FROZEN FOODS
Healthy Choice Frozen Meals are on of my favorite go-to foods for everyday lunches. The flavors are amazing and even my son loves them.
Bird's Eye Frozen vegetables are always in stock in my freezer. These are honestly great on their own and as a side with any meal.
Hot Pockets are one of my husbands favorite snacks in the world. We always have a few in our freezer.
Marie Callendar's are something that I grew up eating. I love love love these pot pies and really any of their products.
Stouffers Lasagna is something that I also grew up eating and is another one of my family's favorites. I have never found a lasagna that I like better any where else in the world. This is the one!
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I encourage you to venture back down the frozen food aisle to consider purchase of products beyond the frozen produce. Frozen fruits and vegetables are easy and delicious.