Wellfie Wednesday Tip #142: National Frozen Food Month

Happy Wellfie Wednesday! Welcome back! This week is brought to you by Patrick (@TheFuelPhysio) .

You read it right folks, this entire month has been National Frozen Food Month! I had no idea! But it brings up a good opportunity to chat on frozen foods, which sometimes get a bad rap. Now first, there is a distinct difference between frozen “processed” foods (the instant meals loaded in preservatives and other random ingredients) and regular frozen food, that being frozen fruits, vegetables, and leftover home cooked meals.

I won’t spend any time on frozen processed foods because I’m a big proponent of cooking meals at home for a number of reasons. But what I want to spend time on is why frozen foods can be a good thing, especially if finances or time are a barrier. And first things first, there is no major difference in quality of nutrients when comparing fresh and frozen foods.

  • Frozen foods can easily be bought in bulk, because they last longer, but still under 12 months. Meaning that when they are on sale, you can stock up, saving some $$.

  • Most frozen fruits and vegetables are ready to go, already cleaned, trimmed, and chopped if wanted, saving a bunch of time in preparation.

  • Easier access to foods that may not be in season at the time. You can usually still find them in the frozen foods section.

  • You can stock up on fresh foods when they are in season (cheaper and taste better) and freeze them for later use. I do this every year for blueberries, which can get pretty pricey in their off season.

  • And lastly, if you were to cook something in a large quantity (I usually do for pot roasts, soups, and gumbo), you can freeze the leftovers for later. Virtually eliminating time and money as a barrier.

Thanks for all of the support, be sure to post your pictures this week and tag the WW crew members in your post (@TheFuelPhysio@Eric_in_AmERICa@FreestylePhysio@DianaKlatt) and keep the wave of healthy change going!

- WW Crew