The Healthiest Foods to Buy Frozen

Healthy doesn't need to be hard! Stock these convenient frozen foods.

blueberry, mint and flax seed smoothie

Fresh or frozen? It’s a debate as old as, well, freezers. When you’re trying to do right by your body so you can lose weight or feel fit, it’s a smart question to ask. Frozen foods are a simple, budget-friendly way to load your diet with fiber, antioxidants, protein, and other nutrients. Discover the healthiest foods to buy frozen, from fruits and veggies to meat and fish.

Are frozen foods less nutritious than their fresh counterparts? Research suggests freezing preserves the nutritional value as well as the flavor of many foods. Some produce will lose small amounts of vitamin C, vitamin B1, and folate in blanching, a process used to prepare foods for freezing. However, freezing largely preserves most nutrients [1].

When shopping for foods to buy frozen, look for packages that don’t contain added sugar, syrups, sauces, or other flavorings. Avoid bagged frozen produce that feels like a solid block of ice. This suggests the package may have been thawed and re-frozen during transportation or storage. When buying frozen meat or fish, choose packages without ice crystals or freezer burn.

1. Blueberries
Supercharge your health when you stock the freezer with blueberries. They make antioxidant-rich additions to parfaits, yogurt, pancakes, waffles, and oatmeal. Many kids love snacking on frozen blueberries right from the container. Frozen berries are also fantastic in smoothie recipes like Banana Blueberry Smoothie or Wild Blueberry, Mint, and Flax Seed Smoothie.

2. Broccoli
A superfood among superfoods, this cruciferous vegetable helps detoxify the body, maintain healthful cholesterol levels, and keep the digestive tract moving. Some frozen brands include more stem than others, so you may need to shop around to find a brand heavy on florets. Check out Cheesy Broccoli with Cauliflower Gratin and Chicken, Broccoli, and Asparagus Stir Fry.

3. Cauliflower
Cauliflower is the new kale! This veggie is rich in anti-inflammatory nutrients, including glucoraphanin, which may play a role in reversing blood vessel damage [2]. Roasted Cauliflower Soup and Crockpot Cauliflower Fried Rice are delish additions to any healthy menu plan.

4. Edamame
These shelled soybeans contain nutrients that may help stave off cancer. They also contain protein, which is a must-have for nourishing the lean muscle tissue that boosts metabolism for better calorie burn. Use edamame in this easy DIY Skinny Salad in a Jar.

5. Green beans
Rich in antioxidants, green beans also offer the mineral silicon, which doesn’t get a lot of attention but plays an important role in maintaining bones and connective tissues [3]. Reach for green beans to incorporate into Balsamic Glazed Pork with Apples, Green Beans, and Carrots or Pasta with Green Beans and Pesto.

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Amy Wagner

Amy is a writer specializing in health & wellness, business, and entrepreneurship. She's a long-time martial arts teacher who has earned a 4th degree black belt in tae kwon do. When Amy's not writing or kicking, she's wrangling sons, reading fiction, or crushing on BBC actors.

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