Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so why not surprise your loved one with a basket of nutritious red strawberries? What’s that? Did I hear you say strawberries aren’t in season? Well, did you know that frozen strawberries could actually be more nutritious than fresh strawberries? Can’t beat the gift of health!
Produce picked for freezing or canning is usually picked and packed at the peak of ripeness, which is when nutrient levels are the highest. So, not only are you getting the added health benefits from these packaged products, but you’re also enjoying a variety of vegetables and fruit year-round. For more information on the importance of eating a variety of produce check out my post Eat the Rainbow.
Frozen or canned produce can also save you time in the kitchen, so no more excuses for not eating enough fruits and vegetables. I recommend microwaving vegetables with a little bit of water rather than boiling them because otherwise all the good water soluble vitamins like vitamin A, D, E and K will be washed down the drain with the water.
Lastly, pick frozen, canned or dried produce that does not contain added sugar, fat or salt. Remember to read those labels.
Take away message – it’s a myth that frozen, canned or dried produce are not as nutritious as fresh.
Happy Valentine’s Day – enjoy those strawberries!
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