This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Frozen Food Foundation. All opinions are 100% mine.
We’re switching things up a little bit here today. Yes, we’re still talking about food (I mean, it’s my FAVORITE subject) but I wanted to talk to you a little bit about why I make some of the food choices that I do.
I’ve already talked to you guys about the importance of protein, carbs and fat, so today I want to discuss the importance of fruit and veggies.
You know you need them. You hear about it ALL the places, but do you truly get enough? It’s been shown 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! 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.
And, to be completely honest with you, I struggle with getting enough. When you’re a food blogger, you really have no idea what your meals are going to look like. It might be brownies for lunch and popcorn for dinner.
Because of that, I find it SUPA hard to keep a lot of fresh fruits and veggies on hand because, a lot of the time, I’m so busy trying to eat leftovers, that I don’t use them.
Then they go bad.
And it makes me sad. POETRY.
HOW-EV-ER, there is ONE saving grace to my lacking-in-the-fruit-and-veggie-department diet. Enter: Frozen, healthy goodness!
Did you know that the University of California, Davis in partnership with the Frozen Food Foundation, did a study on frozen foods, and found that frozen fruits and vegetables are generally as rich in nutrients, and often more so, than their fresh counterparts?
For victims of moldy tomatoes, such as myself, this is MAJOR happy news.
Basically, freezing is like natures “pause button.” Don’t you wish you had your own pause button? I would totally go back to the days where I had no bills, and pretended that I lived in a space ship.
Not that I did that growing up or anything.
One of my favorite things about frozen fruits and veggies is that it makes being able to eat them during their “off season” a heck of a lot more cost effective! Remember this Blueberry Cheesecake Oatmeal that I posted back in the start of FFF? I still, to this day, eat it a few times a week. If I didn’t use frozen blueberries in the winter months, my grocery bill would be astronomical.
Apparently I have fruit, veggies…and space related things on the brain today.
Or, take this Cilantro Lime Tilapia, that I just so happen to be making for dinner tonight, if I didn’t have frozen corn, well, it just wouldn’t taste as delicious!
Plus, microwaving corn is about 1 billion times easier than shucking all those weird, hairy bits off a corn cob.
You know I like me an easy dinner, that also happen to be exploding with healthy yum-osity.
Frozen fruits and veggies: Saving the world one dinner at a time.