Around this time each year, things can get a little dreary. School picks up, I get less sleep even though there are more hours of night than day, and I have little time and even less inspiration to cook. Plus, have you seen the produce aisle lately? Unless you can get yourself to a Whole Foods, the pickings are slim.
So how can we keep our fruit and veggie intake going strong all winter long? (You know I enjoyed that rhyme.)
The answer, my friends, is in the freezer aisle.
|A thing of beauty, no?|
Unlike canned fruit and vegetables, frozen produce is as healthy as fresh—and often healthier. This is because produce is frozen at the peak of freshness, when nutrients are at optimal levels. Unlike pasteurization or preservatives (methods used to ensure the safety of canned foods), cold temperatures do not degrade the nutrients. And the best part? Preparation is as simple as pressing “start” on the microwave. Ding!
Here are some ways to incorporate frozen produce into your diet:
- Toss a handful or two into a saucepan of tomato sauce
- Bulk up stir-fries and curries
- Serve as a side dish, with a squeeze of lemon juice and/or a dash of your favorite spice
- Nuke one package plain chopped spinach and one package creamed spinach; mix
- Pre-seasoned frozen vegetables: pure genius and completely idiot-proof
- Heat gently and spoon over waffles or pancakes
- Stir into lowfat plain greek yogurt
- Eat frozen right out of the bag!
Now you can get all the fiber and antioxidants you need to stay slim and healthy during these cold months. ¡Salud!