Virtual Supermarket Tour Part 2

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Part 2 of the Virtual Supermarket Tour looks at the frozen food section

Welcome to Part 2 of the virtual supermarket tour! Moving on over to the frozen foods section, there are once again a plethora of choices. While I would still recommend making most of your food choices from the fresh produce section and the rest of the perimeter of the store, there are some frozen foods that save time and can be great choices.

First, let’s talk about frozen fruits and vegetables. Frozen produce is a great way to get affordable fruits and vegetables that may not be in season. Frozen produce is flash frozen at the time of ripeness, locking in all the nutrients and keeping it fresh. Frozen fruits and vegetables have the same vitamins and minerals as fresh produce. If you want sweet blueberries in the dead of winter, no problem! Frozen fruit is a great staple to have in your freezer at home and can be used for baked goods, or thrown in some oatmeal or cereal for a wholesome breakfast.  However, you still have to read the label. Some frozen fruit has extra sugar or syrup added in. Be sure to buy frozen fruit with no additives in the ingredients.frozenfruit

Like frozen fruit, frozen vegetables are a great option. Many come in ready-to-steam bags that you can just toss in the microwave, and you have a side dish in no time.  Frozen vegetables come in mixed varieties too. frozencauliflowerThe more variety of produce in the diet, the more vitamins and minerals you consume.  Be weary of the options that are pre-flavored. Some frozen vegetables come in sauces and seasonings, which can be very high in sodium and fat. Get the plain vegetables, and add your own seasonings at home. A good way to flavor vegetables without adding loads of sodium is to use fresh and dried herbs and spices. You can even buy salt-free spice mixes. Sprinkle low fat cheese on top instead of using a cheese sauce. It will still have the same flavor without the excess calories.

FZCauliflowerFrozen meals are not the ideal meal option, however I know sometimes they are the easiest. If you must use some frozen meals, be sure to read the ingredients and nutrition label carefully. There are some healthier frozen meal options available. Once again, sodium is a nutrient to check for. Many frozen meals have huge amounts of sodium, so go for the ones on the lower end. Also, try to get meals that have whole grains, lean protein, and fruits and veggies. Some good frozen meal options are Lean Cuisine, Kashi, Amy’s, and Healthy Choice.

I hope you are now familiar with the frozen!

 

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