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4 Frozen Foods for a Budget

Being on a budget doesn’t mean you have to eat unhealthy foods. The freezer section is a great place to find whole foods rich in nutrients that won’t break the bank. Grab these four on your next grocery trip!

If you are grocery shopping on a tight budget, spend some extra time in the frozen food section. While fresh foods are generally a better choice, frozen foods can fit the bill when fresh produce is not available or is cost prohibitive. Some healthy, budget friendly options include:

 

  1. Berries: frozen berries such as raspberries, blackberries and blueberries are perfect for adding to smoothies, while offering up antioxidants and fiber.
  2. Edamame: a good source of isoflavones, frozen edamame is often easier to find than fresh.
  3. Seafood: wild Alaskan salmon and black cod are sustainable seafood options that may be more cost-effective frozen than fresh.
  4. Vegetables: look for frozen spinach, kale and other dark, leafy greens that have no added ingredients.

 

When buying frozen, choose organic produce when possible. The price of frozen organic foods is often lower than that of fresh organics. If you cannot buy all organic, follow the "Clean 15" from the Environmental Working Group for a priority list. These are the 15 non-organic product items that contain the least pesticide residues. Also, be sure to read labels - avoid frozen meals (including the ones that are labeled "healthy" or "natural") as they often contain inferior ingredients such as trans-fats and high sodium content.