Fresh is best, right? According to studies, that may not necessarily be the case.
When it comes to the debate of fresh vs. frozen vegetables, there are many misconceptions.
Studies suggest frozen veggies have just as many nutrients as their fresh counterparts. Fruits and vegetables chosen for freezing tend to be processed at their peak ripeness, a time when—as a general rule—they are most nutrient-packed.
While fresh veggies add texture and crunch to any meal – they can be expensive in the off season. Not only is cost a barrier, but it can be difficult to access fresh produce during winter months for those of us who live in the Maritimes.
Frozen vegetables are convenient, a great source of nutrition and they are typically less expensive than when purchased fresh. Frozen vegetables also allow us to eat produce that is out of season, while adding variety to our diet. Best of all? Frozen vegetables can be stored longer – giving your family the best bang for your buck.
So if you don’t have access to fresh and local produce, no need to worry. Frozen vegetables are a great addition to any meal.
Check out Chef Yves Dechaine from Greener Village Fredericton as he prepares a quick and easy tofu stir fry the whole family is sure to love. Not a fan of tofu? Substitute for your favourite protein instead!
This video was produced in partnership with Greener Village Community Food Centre in Fredericton in recognition of #NutritionMonth in Canada. This video series is designed to help New Brunswickers eat more healthy, balanced meals even on a tight budget.