After a long day, it can feel great to reach into your freezer and pull out a meal that requires no effort other than switching on your oven or microwave. In addition to convenience, a frozen meal should fill your belly, keep you satisfied, and provide the nutrients you need. The best frozen meals are those you have prepared yourself from whole, fresh, natural ingredients. However, in the busyness of modern life, it is not always possible to keep your freezer stocked with nutritious, homemade meals. When purchasing frozen meals, inspect the labels and choose items low in carbohydrates, sodium, and sugar.
According to University Health News, frozen vegetables are not only as healthy as fresh ones, but they may also contain even more nutritional value than their fresh counterparts. Vegetables that are picked at peak ripeness and immediately flash-frozen contain their full nutrient value. Meanwhile, vegetables picked too early and allowed to ripen in transit may have a lower nutrient content. Some vegetables do not retain their characteristic crunchiness upon freezing. However, many frozen vegetables make delicious and nutritious side dishes when heated. Broccoli, peas, spinach, and cauliflower are just a few examples of flavorful and nutritious frozen veggies.
Like veggies, fruit can be flash frozen upon picking to deliver maximum nutrition. Frozen fruit chunks make whipping up refreshing smoothies a breeze. Combine frozen strawberry and banana chunks with Greek yogurt, a dash of honey, and the milk of your choice in your blender. This makes for a delicious and nutritious meal or snack. At dessert time, toss frozen blueberries into your blender with a scoop of ice cream and a dash of low-fat milk for a sweet dessert that packs a nutritious punch. Make a delicious green smoothie with frozen fruit, a handful of spinach, and milk.