You are going to learn about tricks to make sure you are buying a REAL healthy frozen food, my friends. Let's begin!
Many of us have a misconception about frozen foods. One of them being that it's not as healthy as their fresh counterparts, and therefore not good for you.
Since March is frozen food month, and I love to save money while eating as healthy as possible, I wanted to give you tips for buying healthy frozen food without worrying on your next shopping trip.
You should be careful what you purchase frozen food because not everything frozen is good for you.
The overpriced frozen food you find in your grocery store freezer is not always good for you, my friends! I will tell you that the majority of the time, it's not the truth.
You can find healthy frozen food that is truly good for you for cheap!
You can score good deals on frozen food when you match up store sales with coupons. During March when is frozen food month, you will find great deals on frozen food.
Always check your store ads to find weekly deals on your favorite frozen foods. Also make sure you check for free online printable coupons, as well as your Sunday paper for coupons on frozen food.
Also, make sure you check your favorite apps to find rebates on your favorite frozen food as well!
Like I stated before, frozen food can be nutritious when you know what you are looking for. For this reason, I have these tips for buying healthy frozen foods for you.
These tips will help you find a healthier selection when buying frozen food for you and your family.
What To Look For When Buying Healthy Frozen Food
There are guidelines as to what should be considered healthy when it comes to frozen food.
Check the frozen vegetables' ingredients
In many studies, it has been proven that frozen vegetables may contain more nutrients than their fresh counterparts because they are cut and frozen right away.
When buying vegetables, look for 100% pure vegetables as the only ingredient. You will know that you are getting just what you are buying, and nothing else.
Avoid pre-seasoned meat
If you are in the mood for steak, then buy it fresh and freeze it later. When you purchase frozen meat with the word pre-seasoned, it contains tons of unhealthy sodium and other ingredients that are not good for you at all.
Double check your frozen food
Before purchasing your frozen food, double check for lumps, as this is an indication that this product was thawed and refrozen again. When this happens, there's a greater chance that this product will retain fewer nutrients.
Avoid buying vegetables with cheese or any other sauce
If you are trying to buy healthy frozen food, you need to make sure you avoid purchasing vegetables with cheese or any other sauce, as this may contain a high amount of sodium and calories.
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Check serving size
Well, I tend to avoid looking at serving size, and I am being honest. Just because you purchase a healthy frozen food, doesn't mean that you will able to eat the entire package. Also, when you eat the serving size, you are avoiding consuming extra calories and other things.
Avoid fruits with sweeteners
Frozen fruits with sweeteners, like frozen strawberries with syrup, are not good for your body. Some fruits are sweet enough that they really don't need more sugar. Again, make sure you look at the ingredients before you buy it.
Purchase frozen food with low sodium
From doing my research many years ago (Also stocking frozen department during my retail years), you want to buy frozen food that contains a lower level of sodium. The sodium should be below 200 mg of sodium.
Look for the word Healthy on the box
According to realsimple.com, this is an indication of good nutrition. When buying frozen entrees, look for brands like Lean Cuisine, Smart One, etc; as these brands are a good, healthy option. Look for frozen entrees with 300 calories or less.
There are many reasons as to why buying frozen food can be good for you.
They are delicious, affordable, they last a long time, and they can be good for you.
Next time you are heading out to your grocery store, and you need some assistance buying healthy frozen foods, remember these helpful tips.
What other tips do you use to make sure you are buying healthy frozen food?
For information regarding frozen food, please visit The Frozen Food Foundation.