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Fresh from the Freezer: Berry Green Smoothie

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Fresh from the Freezer

Did you know that frozen fruits and vegetables are generally nutritionally equal to {and in some cases better than} their fresh counterparts? The University of California, Davis, in partnership with the Frozen Food Foundation, conducted a study that analyzed each fruit and vegetable under the following conditions: frozen (analyzed within 24 hours of harvest and after 10 and 90 days of storage in a freezer) and fresh-stored (analyzed within 24 hours of harvest and after three and 10 days of storage in a refrigerator). Do these results surprise you? We always have frozen fruits and vegetables in our freezer. Having these on hand ensures that we get our daily servings because having frozen fruits and veggies are a convenient and affordable way to serve nutritious snacks and meals to my family.

Snack Peas Freezing fruits and vegetables is nature’s pause button for nutritious foods. Frozen fruits and vegetables are picked and frozen at their peak ripeness, locking in the nutrient value at the point of freezing. Buying frozen fruits and veggies is an easy way to combat things like the cost of fresh produce, the cost of fresh ‘out of season’ produce and issues like fresh fruits and vegetables spoiling before you’re able to prepare and eat them. Can I get an amen?

While having my own garden would be ideal, it’s just not the season for me right now. I can still provide my family with nutritious food though that tastes great. And it won’t go to waste in the veggie drawer of the fridge! Do you know that nearly 80 percent of Americans fail to consume the recommended amounts of fruit, with nearly 90 percent failing to meet dietary recommendations for vegetables. Friends, this is troubling. It is sad when the majority of our friends and family would rather grab a bag of chips and a candy bar over delicious and nutritious fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are major contributors of essential nutrients in our diets, and consuming fruits and vegetables is associated with reduced risk of many chronic diseases.

Given the increase in the rates of chronic diseases among all age groups, eating a diet rich in a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables is more important than ever. We need to start introducing our children to this rainbow of food. Start now. Even if you hate broccoli, serve it for a meal and eat a few “tiny trees” with your children. You never know, you might start to like them too!

While a variety of factors may contribute to the low consumption of fruits and vegetables, which includes cost and convenience. A recent study done by the University of California-Davis in partnership with the Frozen Food Foundation, revealed one easy solution: frozen. It’s that simple. Their research adds to the growing body of evidence that supports the important role frozen fruits and vegetables can play to help Americans meet daily intake requirements. Frozen fruits and vegetables offer consumers convenient, affordable and easy to serve options that help simplify meal preparation. Every busy mom’s dream! Easy and simple.

We {okay, I} love to incorporate frozen fruits and vegetables into our daily meals. I always make sure our freezer is stocked with sweet peas, green beans, spinach, peppers, onions, corn, strawberries, grapes, blueberries, and a berry blend. Always. Frozen Peas and Grapes are common snacks in our house. The kids love them, and they are the perfect additions to a healthy lunch or a snack on their own. Frozen berries layered in vanilla yogurt makes a delicious snack or dessert. This is a special treat in our house, but they are so easy to make! Easy and nutritious.

Berry yogurt parfait

For a quick breakfast or afternoon snack, smoothies top the list. Our Berry Green Smoothie is a favorite in a house that isn’t big on smoothies.

Berry Green Smoothie

I also use frozen corn, green beans, and sometimes peas in my amazingly delicious Slap Yo’ Mama It’s SO GOOD Vegetable Beef Soup recipe.

To learn more about the value of frozen food and how to incorporate frozen food into your meal planning, check out Frozen Food Foundation Facebook and Frozen Food Foundation Twitter.

What are some ways you incorporate frozen fruits and vegetables into your meals? What are some ways you would like to?

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Jenn Erin

Monday 24th of November 2014

This sounds great! I will have to try the recipe soon!

April

Thursday 20th of November 2014

Your berry smoothie sounds so good. I can't wait to try it. :)

Whitney at Beauty in the Mess

Thursday 20th of November 2014

I am not a smoothie person, but I really like this combo. Delish!

Ash L.

Thursday 13th of November 2014

Thanks for the info. I always thought that frozen was not as nutrtional.

krystel

Sunday 9th of November 2014

frozen fruits are the best they are the bomb. com

Jason B.

Sunday 9th of November 2014

Even better if they're fresh fruits and veggies you grew and froze yourself!

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