When we think of frozen food, we usually think of soggy pizza, weird appetizers, and microwaved burgers, but this doesn’t have to be the case frozen food can be just as delicious and nutritious as fresh when you know what brands to buy and how to use them. Read on to learn about what frozen foods are worth trying and which ones you should stay away from
How to Shop for Healthy, Natural Brands
- Go to the grocery store with an idea of what foods you want to eat this week. It’s easier to shop for healthy foods when your list is in hand and you can cross off each item as you find it, rather than wandering the aisles aimlessly, picking up products and items that are unhealthy.
- Stick to natural/whole food items whenever possible. When it comes down to it, sugar is sugar no matter where it’s found—whether in whole milk or Oreos. The body doesn’t need any more refined sugars, so eating those types of foods will only lead to weight gain and health problems like diabetes.
Healthy snacks are key to staying energized during the day; therefore, avoid things like high-sugar yogurts (due to the high levels of added sugars) or other sweets which may keep your hunger levels high later on in the day.
- Choose healthy snacks instead of buying junk food that will just make you feel sluggish after eating it. If you’re feeling extra hungry then go ahead and have something like fruit or veggies since they’ll give you plenty of energy without all the fat and calories
Choose Sufficient Protein
Adding protein to your diet is a great way to build muscles and increase energy levels. Protein can be tough to get enough of during the day, so here are some quick and easy ways to get more protein:
Nuts -Nuts are a natural source of protein and healthy fats. Try adding walnuts, almonds, or cashews into oatmeal or cereal for a crunchy (and nutritious) breakfast.
Beans -Beans are another great source of protein and fiber, helping keep you full for longer. Try adding black beans to a taco salad, or pinto beans to your next batch of chili. They’re super simple to prepare, toojust open a can and reheat in a skillet or crockpot with some extra spices.
Consider All Portions
One of the many reasons people don’t use frozen food is because they are afraid that it’s not good for them. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Frozen vegetables and fruit typically have less sodium, more fiber, and more antioxidants than their fresh counterparts. Consider all portions by including a variety of vegetables and fruits on your dinner table to reap all the benefits these fresh foods have to offer.