BBQ season is coming up for most of us, but that doesn’t mean our freezers have no place in our home! While nothing beats biting into fresh berries straight from the farm and fish caught miles from your home, frozen foods can have major perks. Fruit and veggies are flash frozen when they are picked, retaining their peak nutritional value, where fresh produce often degrades in transit. Besides produce, frozen foods in general have come a long way since their birth in 1924. Instead of the traditional laundry list of ingredients, today there are many organic and “cleaner” options that allow us to reap many nutritional benefits of foods straight from the freezer while satisfying even the most health conscious consumer. While nothing is quite like a home-cooked meal, these Nutritious Life faves are the ultimate in convenience.
Ahhh… there’s nothing like the comfort of a bowl of soup after a long day. Tabatchnick has a wide variety of frozen soups under 101 calories including vegetable, barley and mushroom, cabbage, and even cream of broccoli. These soups pack a long list of veggies and a hearty helping of fiber and protein to leave you fully satisfied. And don’t forget, soup is often a low-calorie option that fills you up so you eat fewer calories at the meal.
Healthy Delites Butternut Squash Soufflé
These single serving soufflés provide an easy side dish or snack with 0g of fat and 180 calories. Heat one up in the oven or microwave and pair with sliced turkey – voila – you’ve got a well-rounded, quick meal. Butternut squash from the farmer’s market is daunting to prepare for some of you, but this frozen soufflé allows you to incorporate the vitamin A-rich vegetable into your diet in minutes. With natural sweetness and added vanilla and spices, this butternut squash variety can even be eaten for dessert!
Cascadian Farms Organic Berries
The ingredient list reads: blueberries….That’s it! Frozen at the peak of ripeness and nutritional content, organic frozen fruit is a Nutritious Life fave! Throw them into yogurt, oatmeal, pancakes, smoothies, and even salads or plain old water to add a little flavor. Or just pop em’ as a frozen treat!
Evol Fire-Grilled Chicken Fajita
Unwrap the ultimate frozen Mexican feast. Microwave one straight from the freezer and you’ll bring protein and serious fiber to the table along with organic, free-range chicken and “natural” ingredients without the high sodium and fat usually packed into a burrito. And did we mention they’re prep-free and ready in minutes? Evol also offers a mini version that can satisfy your burrito craving in a snack size of less than 200 calories. Ole!
Seapoint Farms Veggie Blend
Talk about going green! This blend packs in 5 different green vegetables without any added preservatives and almost no sodium. Throw them in a pan to sauté or simply steam and couple with a turkey burger, or use as a salad base and top with canned salmon. Either way this veggie blend is a fast side dish loaded with vitamin A, C, and the mineral iron.
Cedarlane Egg White Omelette
While an omelet is quick and easy on the stovetop, these frozen varieties can be used in extreme time-crunch situations. Ready in 3 minutes from the microwave, these veggie filled omelets are low in cholesterol while packing in protein and almost half your daily serving of calcium. They are surprisingly fluffy and delicious, and with less than 300 calories, a perfect fast meal.
Immaculate Bakery Organic Cookie Dough
Your neighbors will think you’ve embraced your domestic side! Made with wheat flour, these organic cookies smell delicious and taste even better. You can feel good indulging in a healthier option that eliminates hydrogenated oils and other unnecessary preservatives and fillers found in traditional cut-and-cook doughs. These make a great “conscious indulgence”.