How are you holding up? Man oh man…I know how hard it has been to stay on track while in truly unprecedented times. While we’re staying at home however, it becomes very tempting to fall back into bad habits in an effort to comfort stress, but stay at home orders are no excuse to get off track! Sure, indulging in processed and “easy” foods is just that – easy – but you pay for it later by turning back the clock on all the hard work you’ve already achieved! Now more than ever, our bodies are craving whole, nutritious, and natural foods to keep us healthy; and staying on track with your nutrition gives your body the boost it’s really looking for!
While most of us have been playing it safe and staying at home, getting out to the farmer’s market or grocery store has been a lot tougher than it was just a few short months ago. And if you’re like me, you might not have been able to make those twice weekly trips to get the fresh fruits and veggies your body craves for nutrition, and you might be worried about freshness too when you’re only able to make a couple trips to the store per month.
If this is you, (even if restrictions are easing up a bit) I’ve got the perfect solution for you!
Freeze your produce. It solves this issue very simply! When you freeze fruits, first wash the fruits and dry thoroughly before preparing to freeze. This will make sure the fruits are clean, and that you can sort out any overripe bits. Blueberries, currants, and cranberries can be placed directly into an air-tight bag, dated, and placed in the freezer. For more delicate fruits, like raspberries, first lay the fruit in a single layer on a sheet pan and place into the freezer before bagging up. This helps them to retain their structure, and once frozen, they can be placed in a plastic bag, dated, and stored.
Freezing vegetables is incredibly easy, but it does take a little preparation first! Enzymes in vegetables can lead to discoloration or an “off” texture after freezing, so you’ll want to blanche your vegetables first. To blanche your vegetables, plunge the vegetables in boiling water for just a couple of minutes, then quickly transfer the vegetables to an ice bath. This will ensure crunchy, beautiful, and delicious veggies after freezing! Once blanched, dry off the vegetables, place in an air-tight bag, and mark with the date. Also, when freezing, fresh fruits remain fresh for around 1 year, and vegetables remain fresh for around 18 months.
It is critical that we keep a healthy diet to keep our bodies strong, boost our immune systems, and support our mental health. Freezing your produce is a simple way to make sure that you are still eating fresh produce which is so needed during this time. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables will keep your health on track too. As will working out which you can easily do from home with my comprehensive digital workout programs. These things will help us manage the disruption to our lives while keeping us strong, healthy, and fit!
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Thank you, Wendy Ida, for the information on freezing fruits and vegetables during this challenging time. The information is quite helpful, thank you again.
I do hope that you and your loved ones are all safe and healthy.
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