Do you cook at home more often because it's healthier and less expensive than eating out or ordering in? If so, you probably spend more time shopping for and preparing meals, too.
Look to your freezer for the best of all worlds! Stock it with nutritious meal ingredients—and save time and money, too.
Tap into some of our favorite freezer tips and tricks:
Fruits and veggies. When it comes to nutrition, many people fall short in the produce department. Stock up on frozen fruits and veggies so they're always on hand. Bonus: They're as nutritious as fresh!
Choose frozen fruits without added sugars and veggies without cream or butter sauces. That way, you get the most nutrition for the fewest calories and you can control the extras.
Frozen fish. Sink your teeth into fish twice a week to benefit heart health, advises the American Heart Association. Land some waterfront BISTRO™ salmon, cod, halibut and tilapia to make sure you get your quota.
Zap your favorite frozen veggie for a super-fast dinner side dish. Or, make a hearty vegetarian pasta meal: Toss cooked whole-wheat spaghetti with a small package of frozen peas, a can of kidney beans (rinsed and drained) and some olive oil. Tip: To cook the frozen peas, add them to the boiling water with the spaghetti a minute or two before it's done.
For a blast of vitamins A and C, try frozen mango chunks. Blend with a banana and fat-free yogurt for a creamy smoothie. Or, add frozen berries to muffin, quick bread or pancake batter.