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I have a lot of frozen foods in my freezer. I love the convenience, affordability and variety that frozen foods provide. Especially with a busy work schedule, it's nice to have things at my fingertips. I was given a chance to try some additional frozen foods beyond what I normally sample, and you can see what I chose above . . . you'll notice that besides meals, desserts are adequately represented. What can I say – I like my treats!
The brands I purchased are Lean Cuisine, Bird's Eye, Healthy Choice, Marie Callender's and Lean Pockets. These are all brands that I enjoy on a regular basis, and I chose some items in those lines that I had never tried before. I was particularly excited to try the turkey pot pie! I love pot pies, especially filled with veggies like this one.
Here are some of the foods I sampled right away:
- Lean Cuisine Four Cheese Pizza – this was a nice surprise. There was the perfect amount of cheese, which sometimes gets shorted in frozen pizzas. Not here. It was the right size and tasty.
- Lean Pockets Chicken, Broccoli & Cheddar – I liked that there was nothing "lean" about these. They were completely filling, and perfect for a quick lunch. And tons of yummy broccoli!
- Marie Callender's Chocolate Satin Mini Pie – I let my boyfriend try this one, and he ate it in about two seconds. He said it was the perfect size and tasted delicious.
- Healthy Choice Greek Frozen Yogurt, Blueberry – This was creamy and yum yum! Only 100 calories and perfect if you want something sweet but not overly rich. I had this for my dessert!
Also not pictured that I tried was the Marie Callender's Turkey Pot Pie. I had that one last night for dinner and YUM! This is my new favorite pot pie, and I prefer it to chicken. Can I have one every night, please? There was plenty of meat and veggies so I felt like I got a well balanced meal.
In addition to taste testing the frozen foods above, I also decided to create a Blueberry Mango Smoothie recipe using the Healthy Choice Greek Frozen Yogurt! Here's what I did:
Use 2 cups of frozen mango, 1 cup of the Healthy Choice Greek Frozen Yogurt (I used Blueberry) and a cup of milk. Add to the blender, blend on level one and then pour into a glass. And of course, add a cute straw.
Can I say that this smoothie was DELICIOUS. One of the best I've ever had, and I can't believe I made it with frozen fruit and Healthy Choice frozen yogurt. Nom nom!
So now that I've reviewed all of these frozen items and shared my recipe, I also wanted to share a bit of information about frozen foods. Did you know that frozen fruits and vegetables can be nutritionally equal to – and in some cases better than – their fresh counterparts? I had no idea until recently! Frozen fruits and veggies are picked and frozen at their peak ripeness, which means they have a high nutritional value at the point of freezing. The nutrients are still in there.
Let me share something concrete with you. A study conduced by the Frozen Food Foundation and University of Georgia compared the nutrient content of eight commonly purchased frozen and fresh fruits and vegetables: blueberries, strawberries, broccoli, green beans, corn, spinach, cauliflower and green peas. To account for variables such as growing conditions, country of origin, and time in the supply chain, samples were prepared from fresh produce taken from six independent grocery stores. Each fruit and vegetable was analyzed under three conditions: frozen; fresh (on the day of purchase); and fresh-stored (after ﬁve days of storage in a kitchen refrigerator). Surveys show that Americans may, on average, store perishable fruits and vegetables for up to ﬁve days or more, based on bi-weekly grocery shopping habits. The study results reveal that, in many cases, the nutritional value – namely the amounts of Vitamins A, C and folate – of frozen fruits and vegetables is greater than that of fresh-stored produce owing nutrient degradation resulting from long storage time.
Amazing, right? I believe in the nutritional power of frozen fruits and veggies, and I hope you do too!
Now that I've taste tested some frozen foods for you, I encourage you to go buy your own frozen fruits and veggies! Take a peek down the frozen food aisle and check out the variety of items there are to buy. It's truly amazing – the frozen food aisle actually holds a ton of nutritional options. For more information, follow:
Try my smoothie recipe and let me know how it worked out for you!