9 fruits and vegetables that you should buy frozen instead!

You'll be surprised to know that some frozen foods are healthier and tastier than fresh!

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As a general rule, we should buy food when its fresh especially if they are on sale or in peak season! But do not worry, there is really nothing wrong with buying frozen foods! in fact,  some researches claim that keeping foods frozen can actually preserve nutrients better than fresh! This is because some nutrients degrade over time when food are kept in the fridge. 

But here is a list of vegetables and fruits that you should alway buy frozen:

1. Spiralized Veggies

Unless you want to invest in ANOTHER kitchen gadget, frozen spiralized veggies are a great option! They are often available fresh but they go bad so quickly! And are very expensive too. Simply buy them frozen and defrost when you are ready to eat them! They are a much better option than pasta, as they are lower in carbs. 

2. Raspberries

We all know that fresh berries, especially off-season, are very expensive! Well, the good news is, berries are picked at the peak of freshness and frozen so they retain all their good nutrients. “Raspberries are especially delicate, so before you shell out $4 for a container skim the frozen section to find them at half that price or more,” says Michalcyzk a registered dietitian. ”They are just as nutritious as fresh, and sometimes even add a better texture and juicy taste when warmed up from frozen vs. the fresh ones,” she said.

3. Broccoli

“We know that broccoli has a wealth of nutrients like calcium, fiber, vitamin C and A, but unfortunately after it's been in your fridge for a while its nutrition content starts to decrease,” said Michalczyk. Simply buy them frozen and take them out the freezer when you are ready to add them in a veggie bowl or even pasta! 

4. Butternut Squash

 “Buying butternut squash frozen in my book is completely worth it for the convenience factor. Frozen to reheated can happen in five minutes but peeling, cutting and roasting from fresh can take a whole afternoon,” says Michalczyk. We couldn't agree more! Peeling that thing is a lot of work! 

5. Blueberries

 “Their antioxidants are preserved when they are picked and immediately frozen while fresh blueberries out of season lose antioxidant capacity in their transport across the country and while sitting on grocery shelves,” says Kelly R. Jones MS, RD, CSSD, LDN. Therefore they are best frozen! Add these little goodies to smoothies, juices, oatmeal, or muffins! 

6. Spinach

“Spinach is one of the most nutritious green foods out there, so you don't want to miss out on all of its antioxidant, vitamin and mineral benefits when your leaves lose freshness,” says Michalczyk. We all buy that big bag of spinach, but who really finishes all of it? Instead buy it frozen so there's not waste! 

7. Avocado

“Frozen avocado is becoming more available in stores. It's perfect if you like to add avocado to smoothies or use it in dressings and sauces,” says Jones. That way you don't have to wait for the perfect level of ripeness! Because if you wait too long, they spoil very fast!

8. Bell Peppers

If you use bell peppers cooked in recipes, then you should opt for the frozen ones, as they retain more vitamin C and antioxidants. For salads or to eat raw, they are of course best fresh. “Once chopped, Vitamin C is oxidized, so if it is frozen right away, the nutrient is preserved vs. if it is chopped and packaged fresh at the grocery store,” said Michalczyk. 

9. Kale

“Frozen kale is often less intimidating to consumers since it is cooked the same way as frozen spinach and can be added to a variety of dishes,” said Jones. Kale can be very confusing at first! Frozen kale is delicious and very easy to use, perfect if you are trying this vegetable for the first time. “With frozen, the texture after cooking is more palatable,” she says.