Disclaimer: we are not medical professionals, consult with your doctor before making any kind of change in your diet!
Let us begin by saying that a healthy, balanced and varied diet should combine foods from all food groups in adequate amounts. However, we all know that vegetable growing and harvesting follows specific seasons, which means that off-season access to fresh vegetables can be difficult.
Enter the frozen foods!
Maybe you’ve heard before that it’s always best to buy fresh and, to some extent, there’s truth to that. On the other hand, frozen produce is sometimes even better. Let’s see why!
- Freezing is a natural preservation process that does not require the use of additional preservatives.
- Vitamins and minerals are ‘locked in’ through freezing, while fats, proteins and carbohydrates are unaffected. As such, frozen foods are a real alternative to fresh and they are just as good nutritionally. In contrast to fresh produce which loses vitamins during storage over time, frozen vegetables have their nutrients locked in. The vitamin content of frozen vegetables is generally the same as, and in some cases even better than, their fresh counterparts, and the mineral content of frozen vegetables remains generally the same as found in fresh foods. Also, importantly, frozen vegetables count towards your daily ‘5 a day’ recommended intake!
- Fresh fruits and vegetables may have been stored out on the shelf for many days by the time you buy them and are often consumed after being stored for another couple of days at home. Because they have not undergone any preservation over this period, the quality of fresh fruits and vegetables decreases during storage, and vitamin content can also be lower. This means that frozen produce is actually fresher!
- Frozen foods are a convenient and affordable way to incorporate healthful foods from every food group, including whole grains, fruits, vegetables, protein and dairy.
- Portion control becomes easier by using only as much as you need and putting the rest of your frozen food back in the freezer, which in turn saves you money from not having to throw away leftovers.
And if these don’t mean much to you, you should also know that there are serious environmental benefits to frozen foods! As the world moves in the “zero waste” movement, freezing is the future for increased savings. This standard will take place with incoming products as well as production foods. Zero waste will be the future of successful and sustainable kitchens and frozen foods are a part of it!
There are many fruits and vegetables that are actually even better after freezing and here are just some of them:
- Green Beans
Of course, these are to name just a few, a full list would take up much much more space.
It’s exactly this technique that allows for us to eat out of season fruit and veggies and enjoy them all year round. Which is how we manage to make the Summer Berry Vibes Cake no matter the time of year!
We should definitely call this cake the antioxidant cake because it’s so packed with super-berries, all of which are full of their natural nutrients! And, because our cakes are also frozen, there’s nothing lost in the process – all that yummy goodness and health stays exactly where it is, be it that we talk about the fruits or the nuts or the spices.