I have to admit, I’m not the healthiest eater. I wish I could say I’m vegetarian or eat nothing but organic food. But the truth is I like crisps and KFC too much for my own good, although having said that, I don’t eat them too much either, or at least not as much I would want to. For one, we don’t have a KFC nearby, and as for the crisps I never buy big packs, just to make sure we don’t have much of it and when it’s gone, it’s gone. We shop monthly and do little top-ups for milk and other essentials (and they don’t include crisps) either in the nearest Coop or our local garage.
When it comes to my daughter though, I make sure that she always has vegetables and fruits to eat. I used to give her some biscuits when she comes in from school and complains about being hungry. But then I noticed, when dinner time came, she would hardly touch her food. So I’ve banned snacks during school days, when she’s hungry, I give her a bowl of grapes, apples, pear or a banana. I’m glad to say she now eats her dinner.
We eat mostly home cooked meals prepared from scratch. I used to buy loads of fresh vegetables, but noticed that most times, I’d end up throwing half of them away. They get mouldy or too wilted and sad-looking. The one downside of buying fresh vegetables is that they never last long. They end up being thrown away. Does anyone know any trick to make them last longer?
“Almost 50% of the total amount of food thrown away in the UK comes from our homes. We throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year in the UK and more than half of this is food and drink we could have eaten” – Source: Love Food Hate Waste
Can you imagine, 7 million tonnes of food and drink? I can’t even begin to imagine how much that pile looks like, only that it’s probably enough to feed the hungry from all parts of the world.
So I thought, maybe instead of buying fresh, I should opt to buy frozen vegetables instead, that way I don’t throw any waste. At least I won’t have to worry about using them before their sell-by-date or at least before they turn mouldy. But then I always worry about its health benefits. Am I feeding my little family junk by giving them frozen veg instead of fresh ones?
It turns out that frozen vegetables are healthier, because they are first blanched to kill germs before being frozen, the whole process actually locks in the nutrients. How cool is that?
I didn’t know that fresh vegetables sold in the stores, especially the ones that are imported from abroad are less nutritious than the frozen ones. Why? Simply because they are picked and packed before they are ready and by doing so their nutrients are arrested.
Who knew that frozen vegetables are healthier than fresh ones? I certainly didn’t. But having learned all that, I’m still in favour of buying fresh vegetables, but in smaller portions (and buy them more needed), to make sure I don’t waste them or that they will end up in the bottom of our bin. And also our bet is to buy local fresh vegetables, where we know where they were grown from. You wouldn’t want vegetables that were picked and packed even before they were ripened, would you? Or better yet, plant your own vegetable patch. If we had the space, that’s the first thing I would do.
What about you? Do you buy fresh vegetables or frozen ones?