5 Frozen Foods To Stock

According to Food Network’s Healthy Eats, there are certain frozen foods that you want to add to your freezer and others that you may want to skip to promote a healthy diet. Here’s a list of the ones to grab and the ones to leave behind.

Frozen Foods To Stock Up On

  • Edamame – boil some edamame in their shell for five minutes for a protein boost or add into salads, stir-fry, rice or chili.
  • Frozen Fish – unflavored frozen fish is a good choice as long as it’s not fried or breaded but be sure to defrost it properly before consuming.
  • Frozen Vegetables – frozen carrots, string beans and broccoli are excellent for adding to stir-fries, chili, soups and stews or steamed for a healthy side dish.
  • Frozen Fruit – use peaches, pineapple, mango, strawberries or blueberries in sauces, muffins, oatmeal, syrups or smoothies. Don’t use frozen fruit with added sugar.
  • Bread – whole-grain sandwich bread freezes well and toasting it makes for a good choice.

Frozen Foods To Avoid

  • Prepared Hors D’oeuvres – mini quiches, pigs in a blanket and mozzarella sticks are full of sodium, preservatives and saturated fats.
  • Vegetables In Sauce – it’s better to add olive oil to plain veggies rather than use the frozen ones with buttery and cheesy sauces.
  • Frozen Whipped Topping – this one is easy to use but it’s full of high-fructose corn syrup, additives, colors and hydrogenated fat so this is one to forget.
  • Pot Pies – these frozen dishes are full of cholesterol, saturated fat and sodium and not part of a healthy diet despite the convenience.
  • Pancakes – make your own pancakes and skip the frozen variety and add fruit to the batter for a lower calorie additive.

SourceFood Network