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5 On Your Side: Which frozen foods are worth the freezer space?

Posted January 20, 2020 6:06 p.m. EST

— Who hasn’t gone digging through to the bottom of their freezer trying to find something that will help put a quick dinner on the table?

Fast? Yes! Healthy? Not always.

Food experts at Consumer Reports helped 5 On Your Side stock up on healthy frozen foods that are worth the freezer space.

Consumer Reports advises looking for high-quality whole foods to use as ingredients in quick, healthy meals.

For easy breakfasts on the go, keep bags of pineapple, berries, bananas and other fruit in the freezer. Use them in smoothies, yogurt parfaits or even in baked goods.

Choose products that are free of added sugars.

Frozen vegetables are also a great way to get the produce you love, no matter what the season.

With vegetables, control your sodium by buying them plain, then season them yourself.

Frozen bags of cooked whole grains like brown rice, quinoa and beans make it easier to eat more of these foods that usually take a long time to cook.

Buying frozen foods is also a money saver. People often throw out a lot of produce.

One big benefit of frozen is you can take out just what you need and put the rest back, which is less wasteful.

Consumer Reports’ experts say frozen fruits and veggies last up to a year in freezers.

To keep the air out, keep them in an airtight plastic bag. The ideal freezer temperature is 0 degrees.

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