Healthy Eating Tip: Fill Your Freezer with Flavor
Fill Your Freezer with Flavor!
Need a secret weapon to savor flavor and eat right? You already have one… your freezer. Stock your freezer smartly, and you’ll be able to enjoy wonderful, healthful, flavorful meals and snacks on a moment’s notice. Freezing preserves nutrients and flavor. Best of all, most foods freeze well.
Try Batch Cooking
On weekends, make big batches of soups, stews and casseroles, and viola… you’ve got a week’s worth of delicious, healthy choices.
Tired of starting your day with cold cereal? Make a batch of healthy, freezer friendly breakfast sandwiches. Split a whole wheat English muffin. Place 1 cooked egg (scrambled is fine), between 2 slices of Canadian bacon, and add a slice of low-fat cheese. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and freeze. To heat, remove plastic, wrap sandwich in a paper towel and microwave for 1 to 1 ½ minutes until cheese is melted and egg is warmed through.
Don’t forget to pack on the produce to increase flavor and nutrition without adding many calories. Surprisingly, frozen produce is often higher in nutrients and more flavorful than fresh.
Frozen vegetables dramatically cut prep time. Use a bag of Asian mixed veggies for quick stir-fries. (Aromatics like ginger, scallion and garlic are great in stir-fries and freeze beautifully. Just chop, wrap in a plastic bag and freeze until you want to use them.) Add thawed chopped or pureed veggies to sauces and soups to make them richer in nutrients, while adding more bulk of few calories.
Stock up on frozen fruit like berries, mango chunks and cherries. They’re great for snacks, smoothies, in yogurt and can even be pureed for a wonderful sorbet.
When you fire up your batch cooking and stock up on frozen produce, you’ll also crowd out less healthy frozen items like ice cream, tatter tots and TV dinners from your freezer.
Batch cooking… a win for your health, flavor and schedule.
Dr. Ellen Albertson, PhD, RDN, CD is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Psychologist, Certified Wellcoach® and founder of SmashYourScale.com, the website for women who want to make peace with their bodies and food. She’s the author of four books including: The Diabetic and The Dietitian: How to Help Your Husband Defeat Diabetes…Without Losing Your Mind or Marriage!
Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, CHWC, FAND, is a Nutrition, Culinary & Diabetes Expert, Wellcoach®-certified health and wellness coach, Freelance Writer, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator. She's also the author of four books, including a best-seller. She's a nationally-recognized media expert in high demand for print and online interviews, as well as corporate and one-on-one nutritional counseling. Jill's philosophy is that nutrition science should be understandable, realistic and oh so delicious.
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