Cut the Salt, Choose Frozen Veggies
We can eat less sodium by choosing vegetables. And eating vegetables is an important part of a healthy diet. In fact, USDA’s MyPlate recommends that Americans fill half their plate with fruits and vegetables at every meal. However, many people have a hard time fitting all those vegetables into their diet.
Fresh vegetables may be expensive if they are not in season and canned vegetables often have lots of water and salt added to them.
So how can you fit nutritious, delicious, vegetables into your meal? Frozen vegetables, are a healthy family choice. Check out these 5 benefits of frozen vegetables.
1. Frozen vegetables are fresher than fresh!
Frozen produce is picked at perfect ripeness and frozen instantly at very cold temperatures. This actually makes them fresher than some “fresh” vegetables that are picked before they are ripe and travel long distances to reach your grocery store.
2. Frozen vegetables are nutritious.
Frozen vegetables are picked at their most nutrient-packed, and compared to the canning process, freezing has little effect on the vitamin and mineral content of vegetables. This means that by choosing frozen, you are actually getting the most bang for your buck nutrient-wise! Choose frozen vegetables for the most vitamins, antioxidants, fiber and minerals!
3. Frozen vegetables have less salt.
Eating too much salt is common, and eating frozen vegetables can help solve the problem. No salt is added to frozen vegetables, making them the healthy choice for you and your family. Look for frozen veggies that are frozen with no added ingredients or sauces.
4. Frozen vegetables are easy!
At the end of a long day, the last thing you want to do when making supper is to have to wash, peel, chop, and slice your vegetables. When you buy frozen vegetables, this chore is done for you! It’s easy, fast and stress-free. Some are pre-packaged in a microwave-safe steamable bag!
5. Frozen vegetables taste and look better!
Since frozen vegetables are picked and frozen at their freshest, they have better colors and texture than other options. They also maintain their taste, giving your frozen green beans a delicious, fresh-from-the-garden taste.
With all these great benefits, why not go frozen? The next time you’re at the grocery store, stop by the freezer aisle to choose a bag of frozen veggies to add great nutrition and taste to your meal at a price you can afford.
The ONIE Project Team