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Fresh or Frozen?


It's really a matter of personal preference. From a nutritional point of view, you're right....fruits and vegetables that are frozen shortly after being picked retain about as many vitamins and minerals as freshly picked and eaten fruits. Just make sure that there aren’t any other added ingredients that contribute additional calories, sodium, or fat.
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Question: "What's the big deal about fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables? Can't you get the same nutrients from frozen?"


It's really a matter of personal preference. From a nutritional point of view, you're right....fruits and vegetables that are frozen shortly after being picked retain about as many vitamins and minerals as freshly picked and eaten fruits. Just make sure that there aren’t any other added ingredients (salt, sugar, sauces, etc.) that contribute additional calories, sodium, or fat.

The most important thing for most of us is to eat MORE fruits and veggies – of either kind! Fortunately, it’s easier than ever to get your fruits and vegetables at restaurants these days – through salads, side dishes, and even entrées.  To add more fruits and vegetables to your diet dining out:
  • Look for menu items containing fruits and vegetables when you eat out
  • Ask for (extra) lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc., on sandwiches, extra cabbage in burritos and tacos, etc.
  • Don’t forget that most menu items featured on HealthyDiningFinder.com list the amount of fruit/vegetables to help you make the best choices for your healthy lifestyle.

Do you have questions about fruits and vegetables or restaurant nutrition?  Ask your questions here.  Search for dietitian-recommended Healthy Dining menu choices near you on-the-go with the mobile HealthyDiningFinder.com.  Menu choices like these are easy to find coast to coast with just the tap of a button:

BYO Salad with Romaine at Gia Pronto
(210 calories, 11 g fat, 710 mg sodium)
Located in Philadelphia, PA


Tossed Salads: Wonton Chicken Happiness (1 cup) at Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes
(150 calories, 7 g fat)
Located in AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, KS, MO, NC, NM, NV, OR, TX, UT, WA

Nine Grain Turkey Spinach Sandwich at SeaWorld San Antonio
(650 calories, 15 g fat)
Located in San Antonio, TX
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