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Being on a budget or having a busy schedule doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice healthy eating. The freezer section is a great place to find fruits and vegetables year-round that can shorten meal-prep time and will not break the bank.
In fact, frozen fruits and vegetables are picked during their peak ripeness, making them higher in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants when compared to some of their “fresh” counterparts (which may have been picked early, stored and had to travel thousands of miles to get to the store shelves).
Of course buying fresh, local produce in season is best. However, frozen produce (without any added ingredients) can make healthy eating an easier choice.
The price of frozen organic produce is often lower than that of fresh organics.
If you cannot buy organic varieties, follow the “Clean 15” from the Environmental Working Group.
A general rule of thumb is: if you consume the whole fruit (to include the skin/peel) organic varieties are recommended.
If you discard the peel, rind or outside of the fruit or vegetable, then conventional options (to include frozen varieties) are a great budget friendly alternative.
The following are the top 15 produce items containing the least pesticide residues.
Some ways you can utilize frozen produce are:
makes 2-3 servings
While we are still experiencing warm weather, this tropical smoothie recipe (guaranteed to be loved by all) can provide a big punch of vitamin C and hydrating electrolytes.
Tip: Make half of your plate vegetables and fruit.
When the weather starts to cool down then roasted frozen vegetables are a fabulous option!
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