March marks National Frozen Foods Month, a good time to explore new ways to use the healthy, convenient foods found in the freezer aisle at the grocery store.
Get Started: Be Freezer-Meal Savvy
- Plan ahead. Mix a variety of flavors, textures, colors and food groups to keep meals interesting and provide a wide range of nutrients.
- Keep MyPlate in mind when stocking your freezer. Fruits, vegetables and proteins are all easy to store frozen.
- Don’t get stuck in a rut. Pair quick and easy items like your favorite frozen vegetable blend with less common proteins like meat substitutes or legumes.
- When selecting frozen vegetables and fruits, avoid unnecessary added fat, sodium and sugar by checking the package’s ingredient list for anything that has been added to your produce.
- Check the sodium content of frozen protein products; sodium solutions are often used to preserve frozen proteins. Pair higher-sodium frozen proteins with no-salt-added vegetables and grains to balance the meal.
- Compare the NuVal scores on frozen entre´es. Find a meal that looks appetizing to you, then find a similar meal with a higher NuVal score and trade up for better health.
What would you find in a dietitias’s freezer?
Fruits and Vegetables:
Green Giant Just For One broccoli and carrots in italian seasoning
Hy-Vee sugar snap pea stir fry, frozen spinach
Cascadian Farms frozen edamame
Hy-Vee frozen blueberries and strawberries
Ocean Eclipse 4-oz. salmon
Hy-Vee natural shrimp
Morning Star Farms meal starters grillers recipe crumbles
Jennie-o all-natural turkey burgers
Grains & Starchy Vegetables:
Birds Eye steam fresh brown and wild rice with broccoli and carrots
Alexia spicy sweet potato fries
Ore Ida steam and mash potatoes
Kettle Cuisine angus beef chili with beans
Amy’s black bean and vegetable enchiladas
Kashi pesto pasta primavera (one of the top NuVal-scoring frozen entre´es)
Blue Bunny sweet freedom fudge lites
Skinny Cow mint chocolate ice cream sandwiches
Hy-Vee vanilla ice cream cups
Weight Watchers giant latte ice cream bar
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