Friends, being a vegan I eat a lot of vegetables. The question always arises about what is healthier, fresh or frozen vegetables. The general consensus among nutritionists seems to be that there is very little difference. The nutrient content of frozen vegetables can be slightly higher or lower in vitamins and minerals. One reason that frozen vegetables may be higher in nutrients is that they are have been picked and blanched at peak season and flash frozen immediately. While frozen vegetables can lose a little bit of their nutrients when blanched it is not a sizeable amount. On the flip side, fresh vegetables lose some of their nutrients the longer they sit in the ground. Veggies that have been shipped to grocery stores and are sitting on shelves also lose some of their nutritional value as well. The main thing that will affect the nutritional content of vegetables will be length and cooking method. The longer vegetables are cooked the less nutrients that they will have. The preferred cooking methods would be lightly steaming, microwave, stir frying and baking. Boiling vegetables leaches away to many vitamins.

Friends, being a vegan I eat a lot of vegetables. The question always arises about what is healthier, fresh or frozen vegetables. The general consensus among nutritionists seems to be that there is very little difference. The nutrient content of frozen vegetables can be slightly higher or lower in vitamins and minerals. One reason that frozen vegetables may be higher in nutrients is that they are have been picked and blanched at peak season and flash frozen immediately. While frozen vegetables can lose a little bit of their nutrients when blanched it is not a sizeable amount. On the flip side, fresh vegetables lose some of their nutrients the longer they sit in the ground. Veggies that have been shipped to grocery stores and are sitting on shelves also lose some of their nutritional value as well. The main thing that will affect the nutritional content of vegetables will be length and cooking method. The longer vegetables are cooked the less nutrients that they will have. The preferred cooking methods would be lightly steaming, microwave, stir frying and baking. Boiling vegetables leaches away to many vitamins.

Another plus in buying frozen vegetables is that they are usually very reasonably priced. Most of the major grocery chains have sales where you can pick their store brand up for $1.00. Samís Club and Costco have vegetables in 4 and 5 lb. bags for a reasonable price to. GFS also has a nice selection of frozen vegetables that you do not always find. In the past I have picked up frozen zucchini and yellow squash. At Trader Joeís they have a pepper medley that I keep on hand. They are great for stir fry, chili and fajitas. Traderís also has Thai Green Beans that are wonderful. They are only $2.29 for a 20 oz. bag and can be served as a vegetarian main course or add a little chicken or beef to it .They are so good get two. You can stock up without worrying about using them right away. Now, I do buy fresh vegetables for the most part when they are on sale. When it comes to fresh vegetables they should be consumed as soon as possible after they are picked. If not frozen are a great option. For now happy shopping!

Laurie, TheBag Lady