Frozen vegetables tend to have an undeserved reputation of being “less healthy” than fresh vegetables or organic vegetables. Actually, unless you grow the vegetables yourself, frozen veggies tend to be more healthy than either fresh veggies, organic veggies or canned veggies because they’re picked at the peak of nutritional ripeness and then flash frozen at that moment, with no risk of decay or bacterial infection (as long as you keep them frozen until you eat them). Still, among even the frozen vegetables, some are more healthy, more versatile and more convenient than others. Enjoy any of these veggie snacks, “fresh” from your freezer.
1. Any No-Additive Medley Selection
Since you can’t really go wrong with your choice of vegetables, just make sure that you select frozen vegetables without any additives. This means especially no salt and no butter (somewhat frequent additives in frozen veggie selections). The ingredient label should only list the vegetables contained in the medley.
2. Frozen Collard Greens
Collard greens are packed with nutrients and vitamins, especially vitamins K, A, C and B2 (riboflavin). They’re also high in manganese, phosphate, potassium and even calcium. Ingesting collard greens on a regular basis can reduce your risk of developing certain cancers, reduce your risk of lung or heart disease, build your bone strength, detox your body with antioxidants, boost your immunity and help lower your cholesterol.
Collard greens make a great snack because they’re so versatile. Just thaw them and pour on some healthy vinegar and oil to boost the flavor or toss them on a salad. You can even wrap them in a sandwich.
3. Frozen Carrots
Carrots are easy to eat on their own, with a dip, in a salad or in place of unhealthy snacks like potato chips. When choosing the best frozen vegetables, carrots are a top choice. You’ll be getting high doses of beta-carotene and vitamins C, A and E, among many other antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Carrots can improve the health of your eyes, reduce your risk of certain cancers, help boost your cell reproduction and boost your immunity.
4. Frozen Broccoli
Another example of the versatility of frozen vegetables is frozen broccoli, which can be eaten on its own as a snack, covered with a healthy vinaigrette, dipped in a sauce, or tossed into a salad. Like carrots, broccoli is high in beta-carotene and vitamin C, meaning that it can help boost the eye’s health, reduce your risk of cancer and improve your immune system. Broccoli is also rich in insoluble fiber, which means that when ingested regularly, broccoli can help regulate your digestive system.
5. Frozen Eggplant
Here is one example where the convenience of frozen vegetables is especially clear. Preparing fresh eggplant takes a bit of time, but if you purchase it frozen, it’s pre-cooked and pre-sliced, meaning it’s ready for you to eat as soon as you thaw it–or you can add it to salads or cover it with a little vinegar. Eggplants are high in fiber, potassium, manganese and copper, among other vitamins and minerals. They can boost your cardiovascular health, your digestive health, your immune system and even your brain health.