Frozen vs Fresh, which is better? | Christal Joan

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I’m on a mission. I want to become 90-100% plant based before the end of the year inshaAllah. Healthy eating when you have a growing child who you’re breastfeeding is a MUST. A healthy mummy makes a healthy baby and from all the research I’ve done, plant based seems to be the way to go.

But let’s be real. We’re all on a budget these days and you’ll often hear that becoming plant based is expensive business. While I don’t think this is true (I’ve actually seen a massive reduction in the amount I spend on food now I’ve cut out meat), buying fresh leaves the possibility of waste as the items are perishable. The only thing I hate more than wasting food is wasting money! If you follow me on Instagram you know how much I love the show Eat Well for Less.

Choosing frozen over fresh for some of your vegetables can be ideal if your worried about food going off or if you want to make your money stretch a bit further. For example, 2 fresh corn on the cob can often retail at around £1 here in the UK but a bag of frozen corn with about 6 pieces of corn in there are about the same price.

5 Benefits of Frozen

  • You can benefit from foods all season round!
  • It can save you money (kerCHING!)
  • No excuse to not have veggies on your plate. It only takes around 5-10 minutes to blanch frozen veg (side note: don’t boil the hell out of it!)
  • Plenty of minerals and vitamins are locked in during the freezing process which may be lost or begin to degrade after the fruit/ vegetables are picked and transported to you
  • Produce that’s high in vitamins A, carotenoids and vitamin E are ideal from frozen such as frozen carrots, berries and spinach or kale.

I love fresh fruits and vegetables and nothing makes me happier than cooking with beautiful fresh ingredients BUT I know that in the interests of time, convenience and money frozen is sometimes the best option for me.

However, if you’re lucky enough to know someone who has a veg patch or you can grow your own I highly recommend it.

What are some of your favourite fruits and veggies? Comment below

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