Friday, February 20, 2009

Take Advantage of Frozen or Canned Foods in Winter

This is the time of year that it is especially difficult to find quality fresh fruits and vegetables. We're eating lots of butternut squash, red cabbage, broccoli and sweet potatoes. These choices are packed with antioxidants. My favorite fruits right now are D'Anjou pears, kiwifruit, bananas (they always come from the same sources) and apples.

Don't forget about frozen foods. Because fruits and vegetables are frozen at their peak of freshness, this time of year they often are more nutritious that "fresh" foods that have traveled long distances. Dried fruits are good choices but be careful not to eat too much- without water they are less filling and you'll be tempted to eat several servings.

Canned fruits and vegetables can also be good choices but buy low-sodium vegetables and fruits packed in fruit juice with no sugar added.

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