When you are trying to lose weight, it is important to have a healthy-stocked kitchen. Being caught unprepared with a low supply of healthy, appetizing food will often lead to making poor food choices and impede your weight-loss goals. Below are a few of the frozen foods you should keep handy for those times when you need to prepare a meal or a snack within minutes along with some basic meal ideas. Keeping a stocked freezer will give you the peace of mind that there is always something healthy in your home.
Wild Alaskan Salmon: Salmon is packed with omega-3 fatty acids and protein. Omega-3 fatty acids are linked to good heart health and helps reduce the risk of diabetes and stroke. Frozen salmon is easy and fast to prepare. Try lightly seasoning the salmon and broiling or baking the salmon until cooked thoroughly. Pair with a green salad to make it a delicious, weight-loss meal.
Mixed Vegetables: Mixed vegetables are loaded with nutrients. Many vegetables contain antioxidants, fiber, vitamin A, and potassium. Consuming vegetables will help you lose weight and keep you satiated. Frozen mixed vegetables are extremely versatile. They can be thrown into a broth to make a vegetable soup or lightly sautéed and served with a protein for a balanced, weight-loss meal. To dress up an everyday salad, try defrosting mixed vegetables and adding them to a salad for lunch or dinner.
Frozen Fruit: Fruit is a good source of vitamin C and fiber. The benefit of frozen fruit is that it stays good in the freezer for up to 3 months compared to fresh fruit. While fresh fruit is usually viewed as more desirable, frozen fruit still has most of the nutrients you would find in fresh fruit – not to mention the fact that you can eat out-of-season frozen fruit at any time of the year. Note: Be sure to choose fruit that is flash-frozen and packed in water and not syrup!
Flash Frozen Shrimp: Shrimp is not only high in protein but also a great low-calorie source of selenium and vitamin B-12. Frozen shrimp are easy to prepare and can be quickly defrosted. If you purchase frozen shrimp that is already cooked, ten minutes in cold water turns frozen shrimp into an easy meal. Shrimp can be added to a salad or steamed and served with broccoli or spinach. It can even be sautéed with mixed vegetables for a one-pan, weight-loss meal.