If you’ve spent any time in a grocery store lately, it probably wasn’t a pleasant experience.
Lots of shoppers… but no toilet paper, soup or pasta.
This is a serious situation, folks.
Experts are telling us we could be inside and keeping our distance from each other for 14 days… or longer.
For those of us that eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, 14 days is a long time.
Most fresh produce is simply not going to last that long.
It’s time to get creative and think beyond fresh.
It’s time to go frozen.
Is frozen as healthy as fresh?
When it comes to produce, absolutely.
Multiple studies have concluded that fresh produce and frozen produce are nutritionally similar.
And in some cases, frozen may actually be more nutritious.
In fact, the British Frozen Food Federation conducted 40 comparison tests of fresh versus frozen produce and found that in two-thirds of the tests, frozen fruits and vegetables had higher levels of vitamin C, total antioxidant polyphenols, lutein, beta-carotene and anthocyanins than fresh produce after refrigerated storage.
You see, nutrients decline when fresh foods are kept in the fridge.
So, unless you’re going to replenish your produce every few days — which is not something we should be doing right now — your best bet is to get frozen.
Now, when you hit the frozen foods section you have to be mindful of something.
You want to look for plain veggies and fruits.
Some frozen varieties include sauce and seasonings that can add a bunch of calories and fat to your produce.
I like to load up on berries, pineapple and bananas.
These fruits are great in smoothies, or thawed and eaten raw.
On the veggie side, my go-to favorites are peas, carrots, broccoli, and spinach.
They make perfect side dishes for lunch or dinner, or can be easily thrown into a stir fry or soup.
These are indeed crazy times.
And a trip to the grocery store can be, in a word, insane.
Pickup healthful foods for your family when you can… and don’t forget to hit the frozen foods section to boost your stash.
Just don’t take more than you’ll need for the next few weeks.
Let’s be good neighbors and share the bounty of frozen produce, not hoard it.
Stay safe out there.