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10 Frozen Foods Nutritionists Always Buy

December 04, 2019

These healthy grocery items are always in their freezers.

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Freezer Aisle MVPs

Although you may think the frozen food aisle is filled with unhealthy fare, there are quite a few good options lining freezer shelves. We asked nutritionists from around the country what must-have frozen groceries they stock up on.

This story was originally published January 18, 2019.

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Frozen Edamame

Whether in or out of the pod, baby soybeans are filled with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Sharon Palmer, RDN, also known as The Plant-Powered Dietitian, always stocks them in her fridge. Palmer says edamame "is a great plant protein source, and is so easy to use in dishes like stir-fry, curries and salads" or in her Mediterranean Edamame Quinoa Vegan Bowl. You can find them lightly salted or unsalted usually by the frozen vegetables.

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Frozen Pitted Sweet Cherries

Malina Linkas Malkani, RDN and media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, says she keeps cherries in her freezer because they "are delicious and also nutrient-dense." They're a good source of both vitamin C and fiber, and contain powerful antioxidants that have been shown to help reduce inflammation and improve joint, brain and heart health. "Pitting fresh cherries can be a bit labor intensive, so I love the convenience of buying them frozen and pre-pitted, which makes it quick and easy to add them into smoothies, yogurt parfaits, pies, breads and muffins," she says.

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Frozen Baby Spinach

Frozen vegetables are a nutrient-rich option to keep on-hand year-round. That’s why New York-based dietitian Maya Feller MS, RD, CDN stocks up on frozen baby spinach. "It's an economical alternative to fresh baby spinach that's not in season all year round, while falling into the category of a minimally processed whole food. I use it in smoothies or when I’m making Trinidadian food like callaloo," says Feller.

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