Hello divas! I hope that you are all having a fabulous week so far. I am super excited to share a new, healthy recipe with you using something that I rely on all winter long – frozen vegetables.
Fruits and vegetables are major contributors of essential nutrients in our diets. Consuming fruits and vegetables is associated with reduced risk of many chronic diseases. Nearly 80 percent of Americans fail to consume the recommended amounts of fruit, with nearly 90 percent failing to meet dietary recommendations for vegetables. There are a variety of reasons why it is so hard to get all of the fruits and veggies in each day – cost, busy schedules that don’t allow you to cook at home and convenience to name a few. A recent study revealed one easy solution: frozen.
The University of California-Davis (UC Davis), in partnership with the Frozen Food Foundation, conducted an in-depth study to evaluate the nutrient content of eight commonly purchased frozen and fresh fruits and vegetables. The study analyzed vitamins B2 (riboflavin), C and E, and B-carotene (a precursor to vitamin A); the minerals calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper and iron; dietary fiber; and total phenolics (health-promoting plant compounds).
Results reveal that frozen fruits and vegetables are most often (or generally) nutritionally equal to – and in some cases better than – their fresh counterparts. This research adds to the growing body of evidence that supports the important role frozen fruits and vegetables can play to help Americans meet daily intake requirements.
Freezing is simply nature’s pause button. Frozen fruits and vegetables are picked and frozen at their peak ripeness, locking in the nutrient value at the point of freezing. Frozen fruits and vegetables offer consumers convenient, affordable and easy to serve options that help simplify meal preparation.
Frozen fruits and vegetables offer a convenient, affordable and easy way to eat your fruits and veggies and help simplify meal preparation. I use them throughout the fall and winter to serve healthy, easy meals. Whether it’s throwing some frozen blueberries in the blender to make a protein smoothie or preparing some side dishes to go along with my favorite meat, I can always make a delicious, nutritious meal by visiting the freezer section of the grocery store.
Today I am sharing one of my favorite, easy dishes that I make during using frozen vegetables, my Skinny Venison Teriyaki Stir-Fry. For the purpose of this recipe, I used a stir-fry frozen veggie blend and venison tenderloin. You can substitute the venison for chicken, beef or any other type of meat you like.
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Do you eat frozen fruits and vegetables? How is your favorite way to prepare them?
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