Making the Most of Frozen Fruits and Veggies
By Ali Struhs
July 13, 2015
Freezing fruits and vegetables is a simple and easy way to preserve your produce before it spoils. Even buying a bag of frozen broccoli or vegetable mix is a relatively inexpensive way to add nutrition to your meals. You’ll also save time since frozen vegetables and fruit are already washed and ready to eat!
Whether you’re preserving summer’s bounty or stocking up on a frozen produce sale at the grocery store, here’s how to make the most of frozen fruits and veggies.
Flavor your water
Drinking more water and staying hydrated is easy if you have berry-flavored ice cubes at the ready. Fill ice cube trays with water and a couple of antioxidant-rich berries and freeze. Pop a few cubes in your glass and fill with water to enjoy a refreshing, guilt-free drink.
Defrost frozen fruit to put on top of your dessert. Thawed and warmed berries create a natural, sweet syrup that covers Jenny Craig’s creamy and tart Key Lime Pie or a slice of decadent, rich Triple Chocolate Cheesecake.
Add to soup or pasta
A bag of mixed frozen vegetables is a simple, healthy way to bulk up soup and pasta dishes. A hearty, vegetable packed soup will keep you feeling fuller longer with minimal extra calories! Just adding a handful of frozen asparagus or peas to Jenny Craig’s Chicken Fettuccine makes this meal even healthier and turns plain pasta into a gourmet dinner.
Sneak in veggies
Picky eaters know when there’s a heaping side of cooked carrots, peas, or green beans next to their mac and cheese. You can trick your kids by sneaking in frozen vegetables in their favorite dishes. Try adding frozen spinach to spaghetti sauce before topping your noodles.
For a nutrient-loaded snack, make your own salsa using a bag of frozen corn and frozen chopped red peppers. Slice a ripe avocado and tomato and mix with thawed corn and peppers. Squeeze lime juice to add a tart finish and to keep your salsa fresher longer. Garnish with cilantro and serve with Black Bean Taco Chips.