Fresh fruits and vegetables are certainly the most appealing choice in terms of taste and texture, but sometimes you just don’t have time to buy, wash, and chop a head of broccoli or a bag of sweet potatoes. Frozen and canned varieties not only are an easy option that ensures you get your daily dose of vitamins and minerals, they can also be just as good for you because they’re picked fully ripe and then processed right away. Frozen vegetables are generally preferable to canned, except when it comes to tomatoes.
Here are a few guidelines you should follow when buying canned or frozen fruits and vegetables:
- Always look for fruits and vegetables canned in water or their own juices, and be sure to check the label for added salt. Avoid fruits and veggies canned in syrup, which is loaded with sugar
- Most canned and frozen vegetables are cooked during processing — even if only briefly — so it’s important to use shorter cooking times and lower temperatures to preserve more of their nutritional value
- Instead of boiling frozen or canned vegetables, try steaming, baking, or even microwaving them. These methods require less water, which will help you maintain the nutrient value
Fresh fruits and vegetables are plentiful, and often cost less, when they’re in season. Stock up on your favorites and freeze them for later use — this works especially well with fresh berries, which you can often buy in bulk.
The Canada Food Guide says that the average adult should consume between 7 and 10 servings of fruits and vegetables each and every day… yet many people don’t even come close to that.
So…. in light of this problem, Heroic Health & Well-Being is offering up a challenge – start practicing Meatless Mondays. Go meat-free just that one day of the week. See if it makes you feel and function better!
(Many thanks to The New Sonoma Diet Daily newsletter for the excellent information!)