Healthy frozen foods may have once been looked down upon, but that’s so old school. Whether you’re maximizing your intake of healthy fiber and nutrients or attempting to save money as a vegan, there are plenty of convenient and inexpensive options when it comes to filling your kitchen with frozen fruits and veggies. Healthy, wholesome ingredient options are increasingly available at every grocery store, too, from cauliflower to mango chunks. Check out these 10 frozen fruits and vegetables!
Have you ever found yourself stuck with several pints of fresh strawberries, but don’t have nearly enough time to eat them before they overripe? We have, too! Instead of tossing those strawberries every time, you can easily freeze them or buy a package of frozen strawberries. These Cashew Date Cream-Stuffed Strawberry treats are a super easy dessert idea for your next get-together. For breakfast, try these Ombre Strawberries and Cream Pancakes which will make a delicious addition to any morning routine. In the mood for something a little chewy? All you have to do make an oatmeal mix, then get your frozen berries out of the fridge, let them thaw and mix them in to create Strawberry Banana Baked Oatmeal! We have tons of other recipes that use strawberries, frozen or not.
One single cup of blueberries is under 10 calories but packs in 6 grams of fiber and it’s hard to believe just how much cancer-fighting power these little berries have. Keep them frozen for added freshness and sweetness, then thaw in the morning for some added toppings to your Chia Pudding. You can add these berries on top of almost any breakfast item; pancakes, oatmeal or a crumb bun. This Cauliflower Blueberry Smoothie Bowl will surely wake you up, while this White Chocolate Blueberry Cheesecake will be the showstopper at any gathering.
The amount of things you can cook with peaches is incredible in itself. These fruits are high in calcium, potassium, B vitamins, and antioxidants. You can buy them pre-frozen from any grocery store, or buy a bunch, cut them up and freeze them yourself. They make for great dessert toppers, like this Peach Cobbler Toasted Muffin or on your favorite brunch options like these Paleo Baked Stuffed Peaches. If you want something a little heavier, opt for a Peach and Pesto Pizza.
The amount of health benefits in mango is outstanding. They are composed of powerful antioxidant compounds that have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. They also lower cholesterol, help keep skin clear, promotes good eyesight and alkalizes the body. Does it get better than that? Not only are they super cheap to buy frozen, they make any meal taste delicious. Add them to a Mango Rice Bowl for some sweet and savory flavors or use them in a Magical Mango Matcha Shake for a boost of protein. For dessert, they’re even better. A Mango Nutty Nutella Pie will suffice and a simple Creamy Mango Pudding will give you the sweetness you’re looking for.
Cherries are one of the easiest and cheapest fruits to buy frozen. They also have a ton of health benefits, which is always a plus to any vegan. To work frozen cherries into your diet, just defrost a cup and add them to any meal you’re preparing. For breakfast, try this delicious Cherry Bakewell Flapjack recipe or this Quinoa Cherry Bars for on-the-go. For dessert, the options are endless. Pick from cheesecake, tarts or cookies! Also, did you know you can use cherries to make a healthy hummus?
Broccoli is one of the most versatile and easy-to-find vegetables that exist. Steamed broccoli helps lower cholesterol and is also a good source of fiber. Vitamins K and A fight off deficiencies, while kaempferol fights inflammation. All you have to do is grab your frozen broccoli florets, steam them and use them in the morning for stir-frys or in the afternoon for a delicious Broccoli Spinach Soup. Some of our favorite lunches and dinners include broccoli; like this Wholesome Pizza, Crispy Lemon-Ginger Tofu Bowl or Pistachio and Broccoli Pesto Spaghetti. The broccoli recipes are truly endless.
This veggie is easy to pop into the microwave and is a great alternative to brown rice or steamed rice. Plus, cauliflower helps reduce the risk of prostate, bladder and colon cancers. You can easily make it into a Silky Soup topped with toasted almonds and navy beans. Feeling spicy? Opt for Spicy BBQ Cauliflower Wings or Buffalo Cauliflower Bites. For dinner, you can cook up our super satisfying Cauliflower Carbonara or a pan of Roasted Curried Cauliflower.
Packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, spinach is also a rich source of iron! You can add chopped spinach to lasagna, Tofu Burgers, Potato Stew or any sauce or soup to add flavor and nutrients. All you have to do is pop a steam fresh bag into the microwave or into a boiled pan of water and watch how quickly it cooks for your using. We also love to use it on a sandwich, like the New Yorker or a Seitan Pita Pocket.
Brussels sprouts help lower cholesterol and have anti-cancer benefits. For an easy prep option, just throw them on a sheet pan with a little olive oil and chopped garlic, then roast at 400°. These Orange Roasted Brussel Sprouts will provide you with lots of texture and the perfect amount of crunch. They taste great in a soup, too. Try this Tomato, Carrot and Brussels Sprouts Soup or this hearty Apple, Parsnip and Fennel Soup!
Frozen carrots are one of the easiest vegetables to keep stored. We also have a plethora of interesting recipes you can create at home! Even better, if you don’t want to cook, you can always dip carrots into a hummus for a light snack. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene—a form of vitamin A as well as heart-healthy antioxidants. You can throw frozen carrots (right out of the bag) into stews and soups! One of our favorite soups is this Red Lentil Spinach Soup and this Comforting ‘Chicken’ Noodle Soup. Or be daring and try this Carrot Dogs in replacement of a hotdog. As for desserts, you have plenty of choices. Try a Raw Carrot Cake or these Carrot Zucchini Squares. Yum.
See? Buying frozen fruits and vegetables can come in handy for every vegan. We also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes that you can use when shopping for your frozen fruits and vegetables, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!
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