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Fresh vs. Frozen Produce: Which Fruits and Vegetables are Best?

fresh vs. frozen produce

Let’s compare fresh vs. frozen produce as well as canned produce. If you are trying to eat healthier, you are probably including more fruits and vegetables in your diet. However, shopping for groceries can be confusing with the amount of selection available. This blog covers the differences between fresh, canned and frozen fruits, and what to purchase when.

fresh vs. frozen produce

1. fresh vs. frozen produce. Fresh is not necessarily better. Fresh produce is fantastic, but surprisingly, frozen produce is just as nutritious and may be less expensive. Frozen fruit is also a good option when purchasing fruit out of season. You can stock up on frozen produce when it is on sale. Just look for fruit frozen without any added juices or sugars, and for plain frozen vegetables. You can add seasoning while cooking at home.

2. Canned produce can be healthy. Canned fruit can often be a nutrition trap, if it is packed in sugar. Canned vegetables often have added salt. However, canned produce can be a good option. Just look for fruit with “no sugar added” or “packed in its own juices”. For vegetables, look for labels that indicate there is “no salt added” or that a product is “low sodium”.

3. Dried fruit as a healthy snack. Dried fruit can be a healthy snack on the go, but watch out for several nutrition traps. It is higher in calories, so try pairing a handful of dried fruit with nuts and seeds for a portable, filling snack. Again, look for dried fruit without any added sugar. If you are sensitive to sulfites, check the label for sulfite, which is often used a preservative.

When shopping for fruits and vegetables, keep these guidelines in mind. There are many options for fresh, frozen, canned and dried produce on the grocery shelves, and you can find fruits and vegetables that suit your family’s needs and budget. Use these guidelines to add more healthy fruits and vegetables to your day.

If you have further questions about this, you can meet with our Health Coaches and/or our Registered Dietitian.

Dr. Karen Leibowitz
Health and Medical Coach
KareBoost Health

Take Advantage of Seasonal Summer Produce

Seasonal Summer Produce

Are you taking advantage of seasonal summer produce? Seasonal eating simply means eating what is in season, right now.  Eating seasonally can have health benefits, as it can add variety to your diet and introduce you to new fruits and vegetables. Here are 5 easy tips to get started this summer, including what to look for at your farmer’s market or grocery store.

Ways to take advantage of seasonal summer produce

1. Try a Farmer’s Market.  While large grocery stores have a wide variety of produce available year-round, finding a local farmer’s market has many advantages.  Getting to know your local farmer can help you gather information on what’s in season and the best way to prepare certain produce.  Supporting local businesses and farmers can help you too, as you may find better prices and deals on seasonal produce.  Click here to find your local farmer’s market.  

2. Sign up for a CSA.  CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture is another way to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer.  Typically, a farmer offers “shares” of produce, and by purchasing a “share”, you receive a box of weekly produce during the farming season.  CSAs are a great way to learn about unfamiliar produce and take the guesswork out of finding seasonal produce each week.  Also, investing in a weekly box insures that fresh produce is always on hand without the trip to the grocery store.  Find your local CSA here.  

3. Seasonal Summer Produce.  What is in season varies by the month and even week, but in general look forward to enjoying peaches, watermelon, plums, berries, cherries, eggplant, tomatoes and zucchini this summer.  Apricots, beets, bell peppers, corn, cucumbers, green beans and summer squash are also in season.  For a full list of what to look for, click here.  
 
For ideas on how to prepare your seasonal produce, continue to read our blog or visit KareBoost Health.  Our health coaches and registered dietitian nutritionist can help you learn to cook and prepare what is in season for tasty and healthy family meals.  

Dr. Karen Leibowitz
Health and Medical Coach
KareBoost Health