Healthy Foods You Can Freeze

Healthy Foods You Can Freeze

Frozen Foods Can be Chock-Ful of Nutrients

Some healthy foods are seasonal and when out of their peak season can be quite expensive. However, many foods can be frozen, and have their nutrients locked in.

Fruits in season. Most fruits freeze really well, and make for a great paring with yogurt, cottage cheese, or incorporated into a smoothie. Fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, grapes, melons, pineapple, and apples can be purchased in season and enjoyed year-round. This also includes all berries, which are not only rich in vitamins, but high in fiber and antioxidants.

Fresh-baked bread. There's nothing like fresh-baked bread, but if it lacks preservatives, it can become stale quickly. The next time you purchase a loaf of fresh-baked bread, cut the loaf in half and freeze half of it. Take it out of the freezer, and you'll find a quick warm up in the oven will bring back the taste and aroma.

Cheese. Freezing helps to slow down the growth of mold in cheese, particularly in semi-soft cheese, like mozzarella. By storing cheese in your freezer, you'll always have fresh cheese for meals, such as nachos, tacos, vegetable, or pasta dinners.

Farm fresh vegetables. Veggies are less expensive when in season. You'll preserve their nutrients, vitamins and minerals by freezing them in peak season.

Nuts. Some nuts can turn rancid when stored at room temperature. Since nuts are not cheap, bag almonds, pecans, pine nuts and walnuts and store them in the freezer. You then have a supply for salads, noodle dishes, baking, or snacks. They are heart healthy with omega-3 fats.