12 Foods You Shouldn’t Buy Frozen

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Not everything in the frozen aisle of your local grocery store is bad for you. However, the majority is packed full of sodium, sugar and unhealthy fats.

If you aren’t paying attention to the ingredients listed on the labels, you can easily go wrong.

Continue reading to learn which frozen foods you should avoid buying.

12. Frozen Fruity Breakfasts

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Fruit-based breakfast treats such as blueberry pancakes and waffles are not necessarily healthy for you.

The fruit content is so low compared to the amount of sugar and sodium present that the breakfast item is far from nutritious.

A healthier option is to add fresh fruits to the top of your favorite pancakes and waffles after preparing them.

11. Rice

rice

Buying frozen cooked rice is a lot more expensive than dry, uncooked rice. Cooking rice is not a difficult task, so save your money to buy your meat and vegetable dish ingredients to go with it.

If time is an issue, when you are not in a hurry, you can prepare a large batch of rice and then freeze it in multiple bags/containers. You save so much money and time. Plus, you’ll have more of the nonperishable rice in your pantry for later use.

 10. Stir-Fry

stir fry

It is nearly impossible to find a frozen stir fry dish with clean ingredients. The sauces they come with make them super high in sodium and sugar. Using only frozen vegetables with beef or chicken and low-sodium sauce serves as the perfect delicious alternative.

9. Potatoes

potatos

Although buying frozen potatoes does reduce cooking time by simply microwaving or pan-frying in minutes, this option causes a significant reduction in nutrients. In addition, it is difficult to create crispy, delicious potatoes.

You can use potatoes to make a variety of meals in a short time, so it’s fun to get your creative juices flowing while preparing a fresh potato dish.

8. Frozen Pastries

frozen pastries

If you live out of town far from the fresh, good stuff, you may want to have ready-to-bake pastries in the freezer, like croissants and muffins.

The sad truth is, they are processed and packed with emulsifiers, flour agents and bad fats like palm oil. Palm oil is not used in reputable bakeries. So, have these frozen treats once in a long while or head to your favorite bakery. Better yet — bake them yourself!

7. Frozen Kids’ Meals

frozen kids meal

It doesn’t matter how much these meals claim to be healthy and packed with nutrition. When you take a look at the ingredients in frozen meals for kids, you won’t be happy.

The better option is to make large batches of meals for your family and freeze them in portions. Your own homemade ready-to-go meals will be more nutritious and handy for those busy weekdays. You are also keeping money in your pocket!

6. Frozen Pizza 

frozen pizza

According to a 2011 survey by Which, they found frozen pizzas to be generally lower in fats and saturates than fresh pizza. However, don’t be fooled. Frozen pizzas are still laden with calories, sodium and unhealthy fats.

It’s always best to make your own, or you can build from a ready-made dough. Fresh vegetables and simple toppings provide a nutritious, tasty alternative.

5. Frozen Burger Patties

frozen burger

Frozen burgers contain preservatives, and you may find some with excess salt, sugar, yeast and flour.

If you want a healthy and fresh burger, pay close attention to the ingredients on the package or make your own.

Add some natural seasonings and a binding agent to ground meat and wallah! You have a delicious homemade burger patty.       

 4. Smoothie Base Mixes

smoothie base mix

It’s always great to start your morning off with a nutritious smoothie — you can’t go wrong there! What is wrong, however, is shopping for smoothie base mix in the frozen aisle.

The mix we are referring to contains no fruits or vegetables whatsoever. All you’ll be adding to your smoothie is natural flavorings, gums and sugar.

If you find portioned-out fruit and veggie mixes that only require a liquid to create a delicious smoothie, you are on the right track.

ALL TIME TIP: For a more nutrient-dense and creamy smoothie, add in clean protein powders and plant-based milk.

3. Frozen Pasta Dishes

frozen pasta

Frozen pasta dishes are desired comfort foods but not the healthiest option. They are filled with fats and sodium. You can quickly rustle up your own pasta dish and be perfectly satisfied.

It is simple enough to boil your own noodles and carefully choose the ingredients you add. For a healthier twist and your own good pleasure, throw in tons of veggies and flavorful herbs.

2. Frozen Waffles

waffles

If you enjoy frozen waffles and crave them daily, you should consider substituting them for a healthier option. Instead of buying sugar-packed waffles with various unknown ingredients, make your own big batch of homemade waffles!

Waffle making is a fun activity to do with family or friends. Plus, there are plenty of healthy waffle recipes, just a quick google search away. Keep your homemade waffles in the freezer and use them as needed, just as you would the ones you buy in the box.

1. Two Serving Frozen Meals

frozen meals, unhealthy

A healthy frozen single-serving dinner is sometimes the best option after a long day, but take another look at that label. Oftentimes two servings are disguised as one.

You’re actually consuming double the amount of calories, fats and sodium you thought the meal contained. If the meal is meant to serve two, ensure you cut the meal in half and save it for the next day.

The fresher the better

Health is wealth and should be cherished. There is heightened awareness in recent times to have a strong immune system that will fight against viruses and diseases.

Eating healthily is the way to do this. Plenty of nourishing foods can be found in the frozen aisles, but pay attention to labels and ingredients so you can enjoy your meal with no regret.

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