In a perfect world, we'd either be able to grow our fruits and vegetables or stock up at our weekly farmer's market.
But, for the most part, that's not reality.
Fresh produce in the grocery store, though chemically sprayed to help it last longer and keep the bugs away, is the best most of us do.
But what about frozen fruits and veggies? Do you get the same nutrient value by trucking over to the frozen food section and tossing in frozen bags of broccoli and blueberries into your cart?
The answer is probably not, but it's never the wrong choice.
Here are a few things to know about our frozen friends.
They are both usually picked at their peak ripeness; this is when they hold their highest nutritional content.
Research shows that the blanching process of vegetables (boiling in water for a few minutes) increases the loss of water-soluble vitamins such and B and C. This can decrease vitamin C from 10-90%.
Fruits do not go through this blanching process.
Though frozen, fruits and vegetables still have the same fiber content and more than likely their antioxidant capabilities.
Fresh produce is the best choice, but don't shy away from stocking up on frozen fruits and vegetables. It's a convenient way to get your required portions of fruits and vegetables throughout the day
Also, last night I was throwing Alley-Ops to my son on his Little Tikes Basketball Hoop. He misjudged one of his jumps, lost his balance, and smacked his head on the TV stand. Frozen veggies come in handy in times like this as excellent ice packs.