We’re in the middle of a classic Noreaster as I write this: over one foot of snow (so far!), lots of wind, and temperatures hovering right about 15 degrees. In much of the country this time of year, locally grown fruit and vegetables just aren’t an option. Grocery stores stock a large selection of fresh produce, but in the middle of winter canned or frozen produce is just as nutritious as fresh!
That’s because fruit and vegetables start to lose some of their nutrients as soon as they’e picked. The longer distance they travel from the farm to the grocery store to your table, the more nutrients are lost. Many frozen and canned fruits and vegetables are processed the day they’re picked, preserving most of their nutrients. Plus, canned and frozen produce is often more affordable than fresh.
This short and informative video from the American Dietetic Association tips on canned and frozen produce points out exactly what to look for when you’re at the grocery store.
I routinely stock my freezer with a variety of vegetables and fruit, and always keep cans of veggies and fruit on hand for quick, simple, delicious and healthy meals. Make your cupboards work for you as well!