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6 Food That Actually Taste Better When You Freeze Them

6 Food That Actually Taste Better When You Freeze Them

Frozen food isn’t always seen as appetizing. There’s a stigma associated with frozen food lacking freshness, but the truth is freezing food conceals freshness. Using frozen food is very convenient, saves on time, and helps you make a meal in a rush. We all live busy, demanding, lives–which sometimes requires us to cut down our time on preparing meals. It takes much longer to prepare a healthy meal with fresh ingredients as opposed to using frozen food. This list will be comprehensive, and it will show you six frozen foods that can be a good addition to any meal.

1. Berries

When certain berries are out of season they can be quite expensive. You aren’t only saving money by buying them frozen, but you are also purchasing a product loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Frozen berries are always fresh and they retain their taste and health properties during the freezing process better than buying them grown out of season. These berries can be defrosted and used as a snack or added to a bowl of oatmeal. They can be blended into a smoothie or added as a topping to your favorite dessert.

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2. Broccoli

Finding a nice green stalk of broccoli at the supermarket can pose an arduous endeavor. You aren’t sure how long each stalk has been sitting in the produce section, and the water doesn’t keep them nearly as fresh as they were, when first placed out for sale. Frozen broccoli is normally better than fresh broccoli due to this fact. The product you purchase will be consistent every time. Broccoli is a high source of vitamin C, low in calories, high in protein, and a good source of fiber.

3. Mangoes

Mangoes are available year round due to their two overlapping seasons, but they are being shipped from different locations depending on the time of the year. This factor can cut into the quality of the mango you’re buying. At least if you’re planning to purchase frozen mangoes, you will get an item that was at its peak when frozen. Mangoes are packed with vitamin C, have a good source of vitamin A, and they aid skin repair.

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4. Peas

These are versatile in many different dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Buying them fresh limits your quantity of peas; there are normally only seven peas to a pod. Frozen peas taste better than what’s provided in a can, and have less preservatives because they’re frozen fresh. Peas are an excellent source of protein, fiber and vitamin C.

5. Edamame

This soybean is packed with protein, iron, and calcium. Frozen edamame has consistency in the product because it’s frozen within 24 hours of harvesting. These soybeans can be added to rice or pasta dishes, served warm after being defrosted or even added to wraps for a nice crunch.

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6. Mixed/Stir Fry Vegetables

There are many different medley mixtures available in the frozen section of your supermarket. Find one that suits your needs and add it into a quick five minute stir fry dish. These vegetables will taste like you prepared the dish yourself. This method is also a lot easier on your wallet, and if you don’t like to cook, or don’t have any culinary skills; this is a good alternative that you can depend on day in and day out.

Frozen Vegetable Stir-Fry

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To make this dish healthier you could substitute the brown sugar for coconut sugar and omit the oil and fry with water. This is an entirely up to your palate, but there are many variations you could substitute in if you’d like. Get creative and cherish this moment of bliss. This dish only takes approximately five minutes to prepare and cook.

Featured photo credit: Viktor Hanacek via allrecipes.com

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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