food, groceries, nutrition, wellness

Foods to Keep on Hand: Freezer Edition

Has anyone ever told you that you HAVE to eat fresh foods to be healthy???

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While it is very true that lots of frozen foods are highly processed and contain many additives that we don’t need in our diet, not all frozen foods are created equal.

In my household, we keep our freezer STOCKED. The truth of the matter is that frozen foods are very convenient for our busy schedules and some nights we need a quick + easy + nutritious meal in a matter of minutes.

Here you will find some of my favorite freezer find foods that I keep on hand for fast, nourishing meals.

  1. Frozen Vegetables
    But frozen isn’t as good as fresh? WRONG. Frozen vegetables are fresh vegetables that have been washed, cut up, blanched, then frozen…meaning they are still in their complete, WHOLE food form making them a great food find to stock your freezer. What I like most about frozen veggies? They don’t spoil as quick as fresh veggies do! Now, I do love my fresh vegetables–but frozen are so convenient! My favorites include broccoli, cauliflower, spinach and the mixed vegetable blend (usually with broccoli, cauliflower and carrots). How to use? Follow directions on package for preparation and add to stir fry’s, pasta dishes, or steam for an easy side dish to accompany any meal.
  2. Cauliflower Gnocchi
    Where all my Trader Joe’s fans at??? Okay, so I just recently had these–they are so good with minimal ingredients and take less than 10 minutes to make. My favorite way is to lightly saute in a frying pan and add basil pesto + Parmesan cheese. Perfect little side dish! Add a  lean protein (like baked chicken or grilled fish) for a complete, satisfying meal!
  3. Cauliflower Crust
    By now, y’all know I love me some cauli-crust! Yes, I have a GREAT recipe that I make + freeze from time to time, but nothing quite beats the convenience of an already prepared crust. There are tons of brands to choose from. My favorites have been Caulipowered Crust and California Kitchen. Bonus? You can buy plain crust and add your own toppings OR buy one already assembled for you. Take your pick!
  4. Veggie Burgers
    While I am not 100% vegetarian, I do not care for the taste of meat, so I LOVE to have veggie burgers on hand. Veggie burgers get a bad rap nowadays because a lot of people seem to be against soy–but unless you have an allergy, intolerance or a medical condition that is affected by soy, it is perfectly nutritious! Soybeans are the only true plant based protein that contains all 9 of the essential amino acids making it a great protein source. I’ve tried many brands and can honestly say I like them all equally–just be sure to read that nutrition label for  one with little to no added sugars, watch the sodium content, and choose breaded patties sparingly.
  5. Frozen Meats
    There are tons of frozen meats to choose from–precooked, uncooked, ground, strips, etc…I usually buy ground turkey fresh and then freeze until a later use. You can do the same with raw chicken breasts, steak, or fish. Recently, I’ve been a HUGE fan of the Mahi Mahi burgers from Trader Joe’s. If you choose precooked, it will be even an easier quick meal option for you on a busy work night.
  6. Frozen Fruits
    Much like frozen veggies, frozen fruits have also gotten a bad rap. “They’re not fresh”…nope, but they are produced in a similar fashion to frozen veggies, just make sure you’re buying the “100% whole fruit” versions–no added sugars or additives. Frozen fruits are great to make smoothies, add to oatmeal, mix into baked goods, or eat on their own!
  7. Halo Top
    In a few weeks, I’m gonna talk all about Ice Cream hacks…but for now, I want to just share my favorite lower calorie, high protein, lower sugar ice cream: Halo Top! While I DO indulge in the “real deal” a couple times a month, Halo Top gives me the frozen, sweet fix I need to power through my cravings. If you haven’t tried Halo Top, I highly recommend it! It’s still creamy, sweet, and satisfying. My favorite flavors are PB&J, Mocha Chocolate Chip, and Strawberry Cheesecake. Stick to 1-2 servings to promote portion control.

What foods do you keep stocked in your freezer?? Let me know in the comments!

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Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN
Registered Dietitian
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