Government data has shown that food and drink prices are rising at the fastest rate recorded in the past 45 years and coupled with other rises in the cost of living consumers are having to find ways to cut costs. One way to do that is to buy frozen foods instead of laying out more money for fresh ones. Even though 50% of 18-24 year-olds believe that frozen foods aren’t good for you according to a December 2022 report from Tesco, Huffpost has come up with a list of 6 that are actually healthy and can save you some cash.
- Frozen peas – peas have magnesium, potassium, calcium Vitamin C and other phytonutrients which help out cardiovascular function. You can add them to soups, mashed potatoes, and stews so they are a good choice for health and your budget.
- Frozen broccoli – this is another vegetable that can improve heart health, reduce inflammation, and is full of antioxidants. It’s easy to cook and doesn’t need to be defrosted, so it’s a sensible, quick choice.
- Frozen chopped garlic – garlic is good for your health with antibiotic properties and also helps out with brain health and high blood pressure. When frozen it doesn’t lose its flavor but is not quite as pungent as fresh garlic.
- Frozen berries – frozen blueberries are higher in antioxidants than the fresh variety, according to a South Dakota State University study, and are high in vitamin C which boosts the immune system. They are a great addition to smoothies and pancakes and make for a good dessert choice as well.
- Frozen sweet potato – the frozen variety of sweet potatoes is actually more expensive than the fresh ones but it also has more beta carotene that is converted into vitamin A for eye and skin health. If you want the cheaper fresh version you can always chop it up and freeze it for use in stews and soups.
- Frozen fish – when fish is frozen it doesn’t lose its nutritional value. It contains zinc, iodine, magnesium, and iron which are good for heart health and immunity, and also has omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins B2 and D.
To summarize, all of the above-frozen food choices are still high in nutrition and will save you money in the long run so they are worth checking out at your local grocery store.