What healthy frozen food choices are there?

Marisa Moore
Nutrition & Dietetics

There are plenty of healthy frozen food options available in your grocer’s freezer.   

  • Frozen fruit is a perfect addition to a morning smoothie or yogurt. Choose those without added sugar, syrups which add additional calories.
  • Frozen vegetables are nutritious and convenient. Choose those without added sauces and seasonings. Go plain and add your own flavor.
  • Increasingly, specialty and health food markets are producing healthy frozen food entrees that are free of additives and preservatives. You can find frozen whole grain pasta dishes, burritos, stir-fry mixes, exotic vegetable blends and much more. Just check out the ingredient list and nutrition facts to see how it fares.
  • There are also plenty of light frozen entrees suitable for lunch. These are portion and calorie controlled which works well for those watching their weight. Be mindful that the sodium level can be quite high though. Be sure to balance the day with plenty of fresh, lower sodium choices throughout the day.

And why not make your own? Prepare extra servings of meals that freeze well like pasta dishes, casseroles, soups and stews. Store them in freezer safe containers. This way you can stock your own homemade frozen entrees to enjoy later. 

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