Whoever said frozen foods were less superior to fresh foods was just wrong. Frozen fruits and vegetables are “superfoods” on an island with little access to fresh produce.
Fresh v. Frozen
As soon as produce is separated from the plant, certain nutrients start breaking down. The longer a fruit or vegetable sit, the more vitamins that break down.
Since frozen foods are often frozen soon after produce is picked, their nutrient content is preserved for longer. So, on an island where it takes a long time for things to get here, frozen produce is probably your better option for higher nutrient content.
However, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat fresh produce. It comes down to personal preference and, most of the time, what’s available. I say, eat as many fruits and vegetables that you like, however you like them.
My favorite frozen produce item is broccoli. It is always available when the fresh produce selection is less than desirable. Keeping a bag in my freezer means I always have veggies on hand for any meal.
Broccoli provides many nutrients. It is 90% water and relatively high in protein compared to other vegetables with about 3g in a cup. Because of the high water content, broccoli is low in calories, providing about 30 calories per cup, raw. It is a good sources of vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, potassium, folate, fiber, calcium & more.
Here are some of my favorite recipes to make using frozen broccoli!
Over Roasted Broccoli
Broccoli Crescent Wrap
Broccoli Feta Pesto
Mom’s Creamy Chicken & Broccoli Casserole
There are hundreds more dishes out there that can be made with frozen broccoli, which can be substituted for fresh broccoli in most recipes. In addition to broccoli, I always keep frozen blueberries on hand to through in smoothies, oatmeal, or yogurt.