Sometimes we keep fruits and veggies past their prime. Instead of tossing them, remove any rotted pieces, bag the rest, and freeze them. When you want to add veggies or fruits to cooked dishes, e.g., soup, pasta sauce, add these instead of purchased frozen foods. I keep fruits for use in jello.
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We spend a lot of money at the grocery store, and as we all know, eating fresh fruits and vegetables is more expensive than buying junk. I hate wasting food, but when the fruit got overripe I would throw it away. Now I freeze it for use in bread or smoothies at a later date. Even fresh veggies from
the garden can be frozen for use in soups later. I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner!
I used to feel bad about eating frozen veggies vs. fresh veggies, until I learned that frozen veggies can actually be better for you and contain more nutrients! I hate cooked peas but frozen peas as a snack is delicious!
Frozen fruits/veggies are picked at their prime time when their nutritional values have fully developed and frozen right away. Fresh fruits/veggies are picked beore they are fully ripe so they do not grow to have as much nutrients. They are picked then shipped and sit in the store until bought.
When I get my snack cravings at night and I just can't take it, I eat something sweet and ripe: fruit. I've found that fruit has a lot of sweetness (especially some of the just getting over-ripe stuff) that satisfys my sweet tooth and is more filling than chocolate! Give it a shot! It could work for you, too.
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