How Healthy Are Frozen Meals?
You’ve probably wondered at some point just how healthy frozen meals are. Isn’t fresh food much better to eat? Not necessarily! Frozen doesn’t automatically equate with unhealthy and bad for you. Here are a few things you should know about frozen foods.
Let’s start with the most important point - frozen food is just as healthy, if not HEALTHIER, than fresh food. Wait, what? Think about the journey of how fresh food gets to your plate - after being picked, packaged, shipped, and stocked in a store where you eventually come along and purchase it, just how fresh is fresh? That journey causes food to loses nutrients. As a matter of fact, fresh foods typically lose a good majority of their nutrients by three days after picking. But frozen foods are flash frozen at the peak of ripeness and freshness, causing them to retain their nutrients all the way up to when you finally eat them. This is how all our Top Chef meals can reach you in their healthiest forms - we use the freshest, locally sourced foods & flash freeze right before shipping to your door. (In case you’re wondering, flash freezing simply refers to the practice of freezing individual pieces of food separately, then packing the frozen food in airtight containers for longer storage.)
Are there particular foods that are just as good or better frozen than fresh? Most fruits and veggies would count in this category but some of the specific food items that work just as well frozen include: broccoli, shrimp, blueberries, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, carrots, and asparagus. You’ll find most of these in our chef prepared meals!
Well, what about sodium content? All frozen foods have high sodium, right? While some of the packaged meals from your grocery store may have higher sodium contents, Top Chef Meals works to make our meals light on the sodium. And while all of our meals are lighter on the sodium than most, we even include a menu of especially low-sodium meals if you’re actively watching that.
Long story short, frozen foods are just as beneficial to your health as fresh foods and often moreso. Instead of losing out on important nutrients in your meals, order foods and meals that have been flash frozen at peak freshness. Our ready-made meal delivery makes getting the right nutrients easier than ever. We include all nutritional content so you can see exactly what you’re getting. So, whether you’re looking for low-sodium meals to be delivered to your home or gluten-free, we’ve got you covered.
Visit the Top Chef Meals website today to see what we have available for you!