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Eat your vegetables without the hassle

Published: Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 2:23 p.m. CDT

With all the freezing conditions out there, I figured I would discuss frozen vegetables.  

Even those of us with the best healthy eating intentions get strapped for time, and preparing and cooking fresh vegetables isn’t always an option. Frozen veggies are a great way to incorporate more veggies into your eating regimen without the hassle. 

Frozen vegetables possess the same nutrition qualities as other cooked vegetables, and may actually contain more bioavailable nutrients than fresh or overcooked vegetables.  

Frozen vegetables are low in calories, are naturally fat and sodium-free, and are high in fiber, just like fresh veggies. They can often be bought in bulk (Costco, Sam’s, Marketday, etc.), making them less expensive than the fresh too. Pop them in the microwave for 5-10 minutes (according to package directions), and you’re ready to go. Just make sure you are buying plain veggies, and not those drenched in sauces or seasonings (this ups the sodium, fat, and calorie content).

If you feel you need some extra flavoring, add a small amount of healthy fat, like olive oil, and some salt-free seasonings or spices. Mrs. Dash has a great line of salt-free flavored seasonings that would work, or you could try some fresh lemon juice, vinaigrette dressing, or a sprinkle of garlic powder.

Serve veggies as a side, or add them into your meal. Consider mixing them in with pastas, salads, or casseroles to up the nutritional value and fiber content of your meal.

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