How many do you have?

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
March 14, 2020

One of the greatest keys to healthy eating isn't fancy nutrition-driven cookbooks. It isn't buying expensive gizmos, gadgets, and meal kits. It's having a stockpile of frozen fruits and vegetables in your freezer.

Why is this such a game-changer? Not only are frozen fruits and vegetables wallet-friendly, but they help you prep healthy meals, even when you're overdue for a supermarket run—no excuses. Below, five of our favorite frozen fruits and vegetables to always keep in your freezer.

1. Frozen Tri-Color Peppers

These strips of green, red, and yellow peppers are great additions to taco night, chili recipes, and grain dishes. You can also buy so-called "stir-fry" versions which include a mix of peppers along with white onions to use for such recipes. All types of peppers are excellent sources of vitamins A and C,  potassium, and folic acid. Like all fruits and vegetables, they also are loaded with fiber.

2. Frozen Berries

Whether you're stocking up on Sam's Club Member's Mark Triple Berry Blend (one of our favorites!) or a bag of frozen strawberries, frozen berries enhance smoothies, oatmeal, overnight oats, and more, and imbue them with an extra dose of fiber and antioxidants.

3. Frozen Peas

Peas are a versatile workhorse that add pizzazz to soup, chili, and pasta dishes. The filling legume offers fiber and protein along with vitamins A, K, C, and other important nutrients your body craves. Load up.

4.  Frozen Artichoke Hearts

We know, we know, this one is a bit of a curveball, but hear us out. Some nights, when you feel like ordering out or going to a restaurant, the difference can be in knowing you have one or two "special" ingredients at home to enhance the taste of an otherwise drab meal and save you the money and calories from dining out or ordering in your meal. Intensely-flavored artichoke hearts are just the trick—and they've got fiber, protein, folate, and vitamin C, to name a few of their good-for-you traits.

5. Frozen Corn

Bulk up stews, soups, pastas, and other savory dishes with frozen corn, which delivers both a hit of vibrant color, and nutrients like fiber, vitamin C, thiamine, and folate. You may soon find yourself adding the nutrient-dense veggie to just about every dinner recipe you make.

Share with us: What's your favorite frozen fruit and frozen vegetable? Have you long been cooking with the aid of frozen fruit and vegetables or are you new to the practice? We'd love to hear your thoughts.

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