A lot of people have opinions on the whole fresh or frozen veggie topic. I decided that I wanted to do some research into the differences between fresh or frozen veggies.
The first thing I will say is that I lean towards frozen veggies more than fresh. Here is the reason why: my lifestyle! I love eating healthy first and foremost. My husband and I tend to lean more towards the vegetarian/vegan lifestyle. We aren’t extremely strict about it but we do our best. However, we are so busy it’s crazy. We travel every weekend and our weeks are filled with working, full-time school, rehearsals, and so many other things. Because of that, I tend to purchase frozen veggies that I can quickly make with some kind of protein so that we can eat quick and healthy and keep it moving!
Of course, the first thing on my mind is: “Are these just as healthy as the fresh veggies I used to buy?” That is the most important thing for me. When I’m thinking about my meals for the week, I’m constantly trying to find recipes that are easy and healthy for us. So I decided to do some research on this topic.
According to this article found on WebMD, frozen veggies are actually similar to fresh veggies in nutritional value. Because these veggies are flash-frozen, they hold their nutrients as opposed to fresh veggies that slowly lose it the longer they are exposed to the air prior to cooking or consuming.
I found another article that really stressed purchasing vegetables when they are “in-season.” Anything that is out of season, buying frozen will give you the nutrients that you need.
Of course, another big idea about purchasing frozen veggies is the convenience. Sure, I would love to be able to buy fresh fruits and vegetables and use them in a timely manner before they go bad. But let’s be real. That is just not going to happen! I plan my meals out on a weekly basis but every day there is a possibility that something will change. My husband may get called into work for the night shift so I won’t cook a big dinner because he doesn’t eat when he comes home. My husband and I don’t really like eating leftovers. So, if I make a big dinner for myself, there’s a big chance that it will go in the fridge and stay there. So being able to purchase something frozen to toss in the microwave or on the stovetop for a quick and healthy meal will always be my go-to.
I love taking care of my body but I also our lifestyle. We travel often and stay very busy. I wouldn’t change it for the world. So, knowing that I can 1. buy an option that is still healthy 2. affordable and 3. convenient is always the route that I will take! And normally, I tend to purchase the most organic frozen fruits or veggies that I can find. You don’t have to do this, but right now my husband and I have decided to eat as much organic as we can afford. We’re always trying to keep ourselves in top shape!
I hope you guys found this post useful. If you already go the frozen route, know that you are still making a great choice for you and your family! If you were thinking about going the frozen route, I hope this gave you some confirmation that frozen doesn’t mean unhealthy.
Leave a comment below on what you thought about this post. What is your favorite brand of frozen veggies?