It can be a challenge to get in the recommended 2–3 cups of vegetables each day. Even people who like vegetables can struggle coming up with ways to increase them. Thankfully, the food industry realizes this and has come out with a ton of quick and easy options to make it simple to get in those servings.
The key is to take a stroll down the frozen food aisle. Some people are concerned that frozen veggies aren’t as healthy as fresh vegetables, but that isn’t the case. Frozen vegetables are flash-frozen at their optimum nutritional state. This guarantees that all of those nutrients are preserved. Cook them to crisp tender and the majority of those nutrients will be intact.
Not only can you go for the traditional frozen veggies like broccoli and carrots, but now there are lots of fun options to make it easier to get the recommended plant-based nutrition and vitamins into your meals.
Delicious Frozen Options
Here are some new items to toss into your grocery cart at your next shopping trip.
- Green Giant Riced Veggies
- Birds Eye Riced Cauliflower
- Alexia Mashed Cauliflower
- Green Giant Veggie Tots (Cauliflower)
- Trader Joe’s Carrot Spirals
- Green Giant Veggie Spirals—Zucchini
- Green Giant Veggie Spirals—Butternut Squash
- Birds Eye Protein Blends: California Style
- Birds Eye Protein Blends: New England Style
- Hanover Blended Proteins: Sicilian Style
Watch the Sodium
One thing to be cautious about is that some of these frozen veggie options are higher in sodium than the standard bag of plain frozen vegetables. Make sure to drink plenty of water with your meal to help flush out the sodium, and pair your frozen veggie side with a fresh piece of protein and a whole grain. Don’t add additional salt to the dish, and review the nutrition facts label to see which ones are higher than others.
This blog was written by Angie Mitchell, RD, Wellness Coordinator. To find out more about the NIFS bloggers, click here.