Frozen Food Challenge!

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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – Hy-Vee dietitian, Nina Struss shares frozen vegetable options for those looking for healthy and filling portions of foods from the frozen section.

Reasons to choose well-made vegetables

1. Veggies Made Great’s mission is to inspire people to love eating vegetables by creating the highest quality, delicious and nutritious, ready-to-eat vegetable-rich foods.

2. The company is committed to helping you and your family find new and delicious ways to eat more vegetables.

3. Veggies Made Great products are hypoallergenic: gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, and soy-free, as well as vegetarian.

4. Their added benefits include a good source of protein, clean and simple ingredients, and smart nutrition.

5. Whether you love veggies – or don’t yet – there’s a range of products to make eating your veggies easy and delicious for everyone!

Best Products to Try Garden Lite Veggies Made Great Double Chocolate Muffins

 These delicious chocolate muffins sneak veggies into the first two ingredients: zucchini and carrots!

 Treat your taste buds to a rich chocolate flavor that packs 4g of protein and 1g of fiber into each muffin.

 Simply microwave for 35 seconds and enjoy a sweet treat with a sneaky veggie or two with your next meal or snack. Garden Lite Veggies Made Great Spinach Egg White Frittata

 No time for lunch? Try Veggies Made Great Spinach Egg White Frittata which is microwaveable in 45 seconds!

 Packed with 5g of protein per frittata, pair with a piece of fruit and an individual container of milk or Greek yogurt for a balanced breakfast on the go. Garden Lite Veggies Made Great Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

 The first ingredient is zucchini, followed by egg whites to add a dose of veggies and protein to your morning routine.

 With 3g of protein and 3g of fiber per muffin, it’s a great addition to breakfast, lunch or snack to pack a nutritional punch!

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Asian Chicken Wraps – Serves 8 (1 wrap each)

All you need:

 1 pkg (10.8 oz) Birds Eye Steamfresh Asian Blend

 1 package (10 oz) Birds Eye Steamfresh Cauliflower Rice

 1 cup Hy-Vee Lightly Salted Whole Cashews

 2 teaspoons sesame seeds

 24 frozen Tyson Grilled & Ready chicken breast strips

 ½ cup Hy-Vee sweet and sour sauce

 1 package (16 oz) Hy-Vee fajita-sized flour tortillas

Everything you do:

1. Heat Asian mix and riced cauliflower according to package directions. Combine vegetables, cashews and sesame seeds in large bowl; put aside.

2. Heat the chicken strips in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes or until heated through (165 degrees). Mix with the sweet and sour sauce.

3. To assemble each wrap, place ½ cup of vegetable mixture in the center of the tortilla. Top with 3 chicken strips. Fold one side and wrap it.

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Can you build a balanced plate while relying on convenient frozen food?

  • Yes! To build a balanced plate, choose foods from a variety of food groups to create a meal. Aim for at least 3 different food groups for one meal. For example, you can make lunches for the week using fully cooked chicken, frozen brown rice, and a frozen vegetable – add fruit and a to-go yogurt, and you can have 5 lunches ready in minutes.

What do you look for on the nutrition label when choosing products from the frozen aisle?

  • Take a look at the ingredient list. Many frozen products contain only vegetables, fruits, brown rice, etc. without adding anything to it. These are excellent choices.
  • On the nutrition label, we like products to provide things like fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals. For fiber, we say anything over 3 grams is a good source.
  • On the nutrition label, we prefer products that are lower in sodium and saturated fat. For sodium, we say anything under 140mg is “low sodium”. For a main dish, try to limit it to less than 1/3 of your daily goal.

Are frozen fruits and vegetables nutritious?

  • Yes! We know we need to eat more vegetables and fruits, whether fresh, frozen or canned. Frozen is an excellent choice because many produce is kept at peak ripeness and freshness shortly after harvest, which helps maintain nutrient content.

What are your top picks in the frozen aisle?

  • Protein:
    • Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken Breast Strips – The chicken used in our wrap recipe provides 19 grams of protein per serving to help keep you full and satisfied.
  • Vegetables
    • Birds Eye Steamfresh Asian Medley – This mix of carrots, broccoli, baby corn and snow peas from our recipe is a convenient way to get a variety of vegetables in one bag without having to buy the ingredients separately.
    • Birds Eye Steamfresh Cauliflower Rice – Cauliflower Rice is very versatile and an easy way to add another vegetable to a variety of dishes. Today we added it to our wrap recipe, but you can also add it to eggs, casseroles, lasagna, stir fries, and even smoothies.
    • Hy-Vee Frozen Chopped Spinach – An easy way to add greens and even more nutrients to a smoothie.
  • Fruits
    • Hy-Vee Frozen Unsweetened Red Raspberries – These bright and beautiful berries pack 6 grams of fiber per serving! Frozen fruit is not only great for making smoothies, but it’s also a great addition to yogurt, oatmeal, or as an ice cream topping.
    • Hy-Vee Frozen Unsweetened Mango Chunks – Excellent source of vitamins A and C.
    • Frozen Avocado Chunks – Try adding avocado chunks to smoothies for a healthy dose of fat. Not only will this make your smoothie super filling, it will also make it super creamy!
  • Desserts
    • Tru Fru Nature Fresh Frozen Cherries in White and Dark Chocolate – When looking for a dessert, it’s always a bonus if it incorporates fruit, which provides antioxidants – just like chocolate. It’s a refreshing combo for a sweet treat. Enjoy on its own or use to top a fruit smoothie

Visit https://www.hy-vee.com/recipes-ideas/advice-how-tos/food-love/frozen-ingredients for more frozen food recipe inspiration.

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