Since I have been a vegetarian for more than half of my life, I have always been kind of a snob when it comes to fresh versus frozen vegetables. However, after reading the below article, and having recently tried some updated versions of frozen veggies - not the soggy, limp ones from olden days, I can see that I might have been wrong. I should at least keep a supply of these on hand for when I’m short of time or simply too tired to cook.
Let’s face it, the main thing is that we get the important nutrients into our systems any way that we can.. Being able to prepare a home cooked meal with frozen veggies is far preferable to takeout, so why not explore which ones are best. Since more and more people are choosing non-meat burgers over meat burgers more companies are getting into the plant-based burger business. Therefore the frozen veggie and fruit companies are also looking toward the future and making improvements to their products too.
Please read the below article that explains things:
Frozen vegetables might not have the same healthy reputation as the fresh ones you find at the farmer’s market. But that doesn’t mean you should ignore them. There can be good reasons to pick frozen over fresh:
-They’re convenient and save preparation time, because you don’t have to cut away pieces you wouldn’t usually eat. Bonus: Some are even pre-seasoned. But if you’re watching your sodium intake, stick with the plain versions.
-No more wondering about what you’re putting in your body. Unlike fresh vegetables, frozen veggies come with a full nutrition label.
-Vegetables begin losing nutrients the moment they are harvested, and veggies are often frozen within hours of being harvested.
-You don’t need to clean the veggies before you eat them because they’re cleaned before they are frozen.
-Frozen vegetables help to reduce waste. They can be kept in the freezer for a long period of time, while fresh vegetables sometimes go bad before you get a chance to eat them.
-Since many vegetables are seasonal, frozen veggies are often cheaper and retain their quality no matter the time of year.
And don’t forget, if you do have veggies that are past their prime, gather them up in a pot, saute them, and add either water or broth and spices for a light soup, or use instead of water for a better risotto etc. If you don’t need the broth you can freeze it for a later date. The best part is there will be no guilt or waste on garbage day!
Source: Advocate Health News By: Brianna Wunsch