Is frozen fruit as nutritious as fresh fruit?

Many people consider “fresh” to be “best” when it comes to fruit and vegetables. But, this is not always the case. Dietitians do recommend that people take in plenty of fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet, but they don’t necessarily have to be fresh. I do recommend fresh fruit if you can get it in season (say from a local Farmer’s Market). That fruit is generally picked right around the time of sale, so it is filled with healthy nutrients. But, you may not always have access to fresh fruits depending on where you live. If this is the case, frozen and canned options can be just as healthy (if not healthier). When choosing frozen fruit, I recommend that you check the label and choose fruits that are “unsweetened” to ensure there is no added sugar. You may even want to select frozen fruit bars to snack on but make sure that they are made with “real fruit juice”. If choosing canned fruit be sure that the fruit is packed in its own natural juices (or in “light” juice). Being from Michigan, I rely on frozen fruit a lot during the winter. I frequently buy and thaw blueberries to mix into my Greek yogurt and top my oatmeal with thawed peaches. You can combine frozen strawberries, Healthy Balance juice, plain yogurt and ice in the blender for a refreshing smoothie. The possibilities are endless!

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