Frozen Foods can be Healthy too!
With both National Nutrition Month and Frozen Food Month occurring in March, March presents the perfect opportunity to celebrate healthy foods. From fruits and veggies to whole grains, proteins, and dairy, whether in the fresh, frozen, or grocery aisles, VG's Grocery offers a great selection to nourish you and your family.
While healthier options can of course be found in the fresh department as well as in the grocery aisles, how about frozen foods? Many times frozen foods are viewed as a less nutritious choice. However, frozen foods can be part of a balanced diet. With these tips, you can feel confident in choosing frozen foods:
- Frozen fruit - Frozen fruit can be just as nutritious as fresh as long as you choose the 'no sugar added' / 'unsweetened' options.
- Frozen veggies - Frozen veggies can also be just as nutritious as fresh as long as you choose the 'no salt added' / 'unseasoned' options
*An additional note for frozen fruits and veggies is they can be a more economical option compared to fresh, especially when out of season. Frozen fruits and veggies can cost half as much, allowing you to stretch your food dollars. Frozen fruits and veggies are also more convenient as they will last longer in the freezer compared to the on the counter or in the refrigerator. With excellent nutrition, being convenient, and at a great price, choosing frozen fruits and veggies is a great option. Remember: More Fruits and Veggies Matter!
- Frozen meals - When looking for frozen meals, start by choosing those with less than 650 mg of sodium and at least 9 grams of protein. There are a handful of healthier frozen meal options including most Healthy Choice entrees. To further boost the nutrition of a frozen meal, add a piece of fresh fruit and container of light yogurt for dessert.
- Frozen snacks - Frozen snacks are many times high in calories, sodium, and fat while low in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. When choosing frozen snacks, opt for those that include veggies and enjoy these in moderation or when they are the only option.
- Frozen treats - What is most important about frozen treats is serving size. There are a variety of rich, indulgent options as well as lighter options. No matter which you choose, look at the servings per container or package and enjoy a smaller amount being sure to savor each delicious bite!
So, when shopping our store, be sure to walk down the frozen aisles to explore choices to boost the nutrition of your cart.
Happy National Nutrition and Frozen Food Month!
Stephanie is an award-winning registered dietitian who believes in empowering every individual to make nutritious food choices to support a healthy lifestyle. She believes in the power of food as medicine and loves sharing about nutrition with others.