When it comes to frozen vegetables vs fresh, which is better, neighbor? (Is there actually a true winner?) Around here, we believe the diplomatic response that “it depends” is actually pretty spot-on. After all, there are big benefits to both approaches to these nutritional eats. As for what’s right for you, that can vary based on everything from how much free time and storage space you have available, to the preparations you have in mind. Here, our produce pros offer some insight into the frozen vegetables vs fresh debate — how they compare, and what to consider the next time you’re building out your grocery list.
How Does Nutrition Stack Up with Frozen Vegetables vs Fresh?
One thing we hear pretty frequently is the concern that frozen vegetables make for less healthy meals. But you don’t have to worry, neighbor! Experts have determined that both fresh and frozen veggies are chock full of the good-for-you nutrients your body needs. In fact, as our friends over at Houston Methodist note, frozen vegetables might be even healthier than their fresh counterparts, since they’re picked and preserved at their prime.
Consider the Time Element
Your meal prep timeline plays an important role in determining whether to pick up fresh or frozen produce. Here are some things to think through:
Think Through Which is Better for the Budget
With prices on the rise in just about every aspect of life, shoppers are working to keep costs down where they can. Factors such as the time of year and your neighborhood grocer’s weekly deals can lead to scenarios where either fresh or frozen produce will be easier on the wallet. Here are a few tips:
When it comes right down to deciding between frozen vegetables vs fresh, there is no wrong answer. It’s all about determining what works best for your budget and busy schedule. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of frozen foods, we’ve got a blog post that talks all about it! Of course, our produce section is always filled with fresh fruits and vegetables delivered each day — and restocked as the day goes on to ensure you can always find what you need. (And if you need a little inspiration? Our Pinterest boards and Recipes page don’t disappoint!) Get inspired, get your grocery list together and get over to your neighborhood Food Town. We’ll see you soon, friends!
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