Do you know that March is both National Nutrition Month AND National Frozen Foods Month? Accordingly, today we’re sharing our best tips for incorporating nutrient-dense frozen fruits and veggies onto your table and into your tummies. Here we go!
Cooking with frozen fruits and veggies is an excellent way to add essential nutrients to your family’s meals. In fact, a study conducted by researchers from the University of California, Davis found that frozen fruits and vegetables had similar levels of nutrients compared with fresh produce that had been stored in a refrigerator for several days. Moreover, frozen produce is often less expensive than fresh! Win-Win!
Frozen veggies can be a lifesaver on busy weeknights, so it’s worth having your family’s favorites on hand. For an easy dinner with added nutrients, try adding frozen veggies to what you’re already making. How about tossing peas in with your pasta? Or bell peppers on your rice and beans? Easy and quick.
The same goes for frozen fruit. If ice cream is a family favorite, try heating up some frozen berries and offering them as an ice cream topping. You may find that your kids just love to spoon those extra nutrients over their ice cream!
We all know how easy it is to incorporate frozen fruit into smoothies, but it’s worth remembering that veggies can be great collaborators, too! For a magically magenta-colored drink, try adding a small amount of cooked or grated beet to a berry smoothie!
Last, we know that veggies are a terrific addition to soups and stews. But kids sometimes feel apprehensive about a soup with lots of vegetables or texture. If that’s the case, try blending some cooked veggies with a little liquid and pouring it into the soup. Cooked carrots blend beautifully, have a lovely subtle color, and nobody even needs to know they’re in a soup until they’re ready to hear it…
By using frozen fruits and veggies, you can save money, cut down on food waste, and still provide your family with delicious, nutritious meals. For more ideas on kid-friendly cooking, visit Sticky Fingers Cooking Recipe Box!
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