Wondering how to pick the best frozen vegetables in 2019? Wondering what’s hot in the freezer section? Read on in our detailed guide to Frozen Veggies, below, to learn more about the best frozen vegetables you need in your freezer right now.
Frozen Vegetable FAQs – All You Ever Wanted To Know
Are Frozen Vegetables as Good as Fresh?
Yes. When it comes to buying produce, there used to be some debate on the difference between fresh vs. frozen. Increasingly, though, people (and science!) has started to recognize that frozen vegetables not only maintain their nutrients, flavor, and texture but are often better than their so-called “fresh” counterparts! In fact, frozen vegetables have been shown to provide the same health benefits as fresh.
Because they’re frozen at their peak freshness, key nutrients are sealed in after hours of harvest. These nutrients can provide you with energy, lower your sodium intake, help you manage your weight, and keep your heart healthy.
Do Frozen Vegetables Have Any Nutritional Value?
Yes! Frozen vegetables have the same amounts of many important nutrients found in fresh vegetables, like riboflavin, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, and Ascorbic acid. Some even have higher levels of nutrients like Vitamin C! Many of these nutrients have antioxidant qualities that can help protect against heart disease, cancer, and support immune health. They also help the body absorb iron, heal wounds, keep your organs working, and develop cells. Read more about frozen vegetable nutrition here.
Is It Safe to Eat Frozen Vegetables?
Yes. Frozen vegetables are harvested and flash frozen within hours. This keeps in the taste, texture, and healthy elements that you expect from fresh vegetables. Even better, frozen veggies don’t spend time losing freshness on a delivery truck or in the grocery store before it gets to your table. Do keep in mind, though, that frozen vegetables are not a “prepared food,” which means they need to be cooked before being eaten. For those of us who like adding super greens to our smoothies or root fusion to our salad, safety says cook then chill first.
Do I Need to Wash Frozen Vegetables?
No. Frozen vegetables are cleaned before they are flash frozen and packaged. So they’ll save you the extra step of washing preparation. (And cutting and seasoning, too, when you buy Tommy’s!) Frozen vegetables are all about getting a healthy dinner on the table quickly and easily.
Why Buy Frozen Vegetables?
We believe there are lots of reasons to buy frozen vegetables, but that’s no secret. Here are just a few reasons for buying frozen vegetables:
- Buying frozen can save you time and money.
- Because they’re pre-cut and pre-seasoned, you won’t have to spend extra time preparing vegetables before you get cooking.
- Frozen veggies have a long shelf-life, so you won’t waste money throwing out vegetables that have gone bad before you could eat them.
- Buying frozen can even help the planet by reducing waste. Instead of throwing out the food you don’t eat, you can portion out your frozen veggies and put the rest back in the freezer to use later.
- You won’t have to pay for the part of the vegetables that you would normally throw out, like cauliflower stalks or carrot stems.
- Keeping your freezer full of veggies can actually help you get your recommended daily serving of vegetables more easily. So not only is it easy to prepare your veggies, it’s convenient and contributes to a healthy lifestyle.
Frozen Vegetables Are More Than Just Side Dishes
For years, frozen vegetables have been pushed to the side of the plate, but we think they deserve center stage! You may be wondering how you can get veggies into your entrees, but never fear, we have a long list of creative recipes to help you make that happen. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, there are plenty of creative vegetable-centric recipes just for you, like these:
Tasty veggie tacos and breakfast burritos loaded baked potatoes, and Buddha bowls are all made even easier (and healthier!) with the addition of frozen vegetables.
Want more easy meal ideas that incorporate frozen vegetables? Check out our recipe archives for tasty, healthy, easy recipes packed to the brim with vegetables.
How to Choose the Best Frozen Vegetables
When it comes to choosing frozen veggies, you may wonder which ones will provide you with the best nutrients and tastes. One way to make sure you’re getting the best frozen foods is to check the labels! Non-GMO verified foods will have a label right on the bag.
You can also check the nutritional information. This will tell you how much sodium, fiber, protein, and fat are in the product. Avoiding foods with high fat and sodium content and opting for medleys high in fiber and protein will help you eat healthier. Many frozen foods, like chickpeas and quinoa, have more than 5 grams of protein per cup!
Top Frozen Vegetable Picks for 2019
Ready to stock your freezer for the new year? Here are our top picks for frozen veggies of 2019:
Featured in our Broccoli Remix, green chickpeas are a great source of protein. They’re perfect for adding a little texture, a boost of health, or some green into your meals. You can even use them to make guacamole or hummus!
Kale is a key ingredient in our Super Greens medley and Asparagus & Kale medley. Add in some spinach, collard greens, fresh lemon juice, and light seasoning, and you’re on your way to a tasty and healthy meal addition.
Broccoli is great for digestive health, nerve and heart function, and nutrients to help your body produce new cells and heal cuts or scratches. So load up your freezer with our Vegetable Medley or Broccoli Remix for a great healthy option.
One of the stars of our Asparagus & Kale medley is asparagus, of course. Packed with vitamins to keep you going and tasty seasoning to make your taste buds happy, you’ll definitely want to pick this up on your next trip to the grocery store.
A mix of delicious Brussels Sprouts, garlic, red bell pepper, this medley will leave you wanting more. With all its health benefits, it’s no wonder we’ve got Brussels Sprouts on our list of picks for 2019.
Cauliflower & Green Beans
Two veggies you may have never thought to put together, but they make one delicious and healthy dish. Our Cauliflower & Green Beans medley is just another way to make your healthy eating resolution come true.
A great balance of savory, sweet, and healthy. Packed with Fuji apples, beets, and sweet potatoes, we love our root vegetables. That’s why our Root Fusion medley is a part of our 2019 veggie picks.
Packed with protein, Fiesta Quinoa is like a healthy party in a bag. Use it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner- we’re keeping this one on our list no matter how it’s prepared.
Want to know more about why we love our frozen veggies? Check out our Why Frozen page.
How do you enjoy frozen vegetables? Let us know with a comment below!