Are Frozen Veggies & Fruits as Nutritious as Fresh?

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Freezing can slightly alter the nutritional composition of fruits and veggies, someimes in favour of the frozen product and sometimes in favour of the fresh, but over all, “there’s no clear winner,” said Ali Bouzari, who has done studies comparing fresh and frozen produce and now runs Pilot R+D, a culinary research and development company in Sonoma County, Calif. “It really depends which plant you’re talking about”.

Though vitamins can degrade in fresh fruits and veggies over time, many nutrients in foods are much hardier than most people assume, Dr. Bouzari said. “Minerals like iron are almost bulletproof, and the fiber doesn’t care at all whether it’s heated or frozen.”  he said. And in general, the differences in nutrient levels between fresh and frozen are so minor that they would be unlikely to have an impact on overall health, and dietitians generally encourage people to eat as many fruits and vegetables as they can, in whatever form they enjoy.

Dr, Bouzari and colleagues at the University of California Davis, compared the vitamin content in eight different fresh and frozen fruits and veggies – Corn, carrots, broccoli, spinach, peas, green beans, strawberries and blueberries — and found no consistent differences over all between fresh and frozen. The vitamin content was ocassionally higher in some frozen foods; frozen broccoli for example had more riboflavin ( a B vitamin) than fresh broccoli. Link here! But frozen peas had less riboflavin than fresh peas; and frozen corn, green beans and blue berries had more vitamin C than their fresh counterparts. Second Link

Mary Ann Lila, director of the Plants for Human Health Institute at North Carolina State University, noted that fresh berries lose some nutrients while sitting on the shelf, so eat them right away to get the most nutrients. Frozen berries will also deteriorate when kept in a home freezer that’s opened and shut often, she said, so freeze fruits in a deep freezer or at the very back of a kitchen freezer. Look for produce frozen under a process called “individually quick frozen,” or IQF, for the best quality.

Source: The New York Times 

My Food Philosophy!

I will start with one of my favourite quotes :

“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art”. by La Rochefoucauld

This phrase is sooooo beautiful, Isn’t it? Eating intelligently is actually an art, if we learn this art we can be the most healthy and fit people around but throughout our life we continuously heap all kinds of abuse on our body …

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Wrong food

Wrong lifestyle

Wrong thoughts

Wrong breathing

Wrong habits — In short, almost every kind of wrong that is possible is loaded on it. There are many new chemicals in the air and water leading to severe pollution. The preservatives and colorants used by the food industry are a hazard that we are blissfuly unaware of. The high level of pesticides in soft drinks created a stir sometime back but it was quickly forgotten. The choice is completely ours – to remain healthy or to give in to the demands of the taste buds.

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In this day and age, we love junk foods and the options are endless, we ingest new chemicals, use more drugs of all kinds, eat adultrated and refined foods and abuse ourselves with various stimulants and sedatives on a daily basis. We are living in a toxic environment even harmless seeming things like household cleaners, solvents, cigarette smoke, air freshners and the very clothes we wear could contain toxic dyes. Here i am talking about the toxins that come from outside, but what about the toxins we generate inside our bodies through toxic thoughts, stress, negative emotions and anxiety. And I am sure you are all aware of the fact that a body overloaded with toxins suffer from various ailments ranging from mild to the complicated like; constipation, bloated stomach, gas, fatigue, mental weakness, headaches, poor skin, poor memory, depression, body odour, bad breath are some of the problems caused by toxicity. So, it is vital that we get rid of these toxins (process called Detoxification). This process can be done by incorporating the following things into your life:

  • Healthy eating habits
  • Regular exercise
  • Positive Spiritual outlook (positive soul)

I take it this way …

Positive Mind + Positive Body + Positive Soul = Healthy Mind + Body & Soul 🙂 

I always tell people that stick to food as close to their natural state as much as possible (by doing so half of the work will be done). Eat food that your body can digest easily; what mothernature intended (simply stick to the way mothernature made it).

Health Commandments:

  • Avoid artificial anything – No to diet soda, No to artificial sweetner, if you can’t pronounce the ingredients don’t buy those foods.
  • Add more alkaline foods into your diet – more dark leafy green veggies, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds etc.
  • 1 cup of caffeine (tea/coffee) a day max. You don’t need the extra adrenaline. Most of us are stressed enough. Drink green tea instead.
  • Less salt, use sea salt instead.
  • More good fat for cooking – olive oil, coconut oil, peanut oil, flaxseed oil, avocado etc.
  • Cut down on sugar intake – use brown sugar, cane sugar, coconut sugar or eat natural fruits instead.
  • Give yourself some kinda treet, and eat your favourite food, 1-2 times a week yes i am a person who likes to follow 80/20 rule. We deserve to have cheat days, life is too short.
  • Hydrate yourself, drink plenty of water

My Food Philosophy in a nut shell:

Giving you a quick summary here …

  1. Eat healthy & on time
  2. Eat every 2-3 hours
  3. Small frequent meals a day ( 5 to 6 meals/snacks)
  4. Never skip meals
  5. Check your portion sizes (very important – calls for a new blog)
  6. Be consistent in your exercise regimen even if you do it 15 to 20min, you’ll see results
  7. Avoid stress
  8. Spend some time in nature
  9. Good peaceful/quality sleep (talking about REM sleep)

Not-so-obvious high protein vegetarian foods!

Raw organic quinoa in a bowl and vegetables
Raw organic quinoa in a bowl and vegetables

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” (Albert Einstein). So true this adage is! Many of the world’s most important health advisory bodies are now in complete agreement – a vegetarian diet is one of the healthiest possible. The closer it is to being vegan, the healthier it becomes. Continue reading!

Quick Lunch

I really don’t like spending ages cooking lunch especially when you have a newborn, you can’t spend too much time in the kitchen. So, a bowl of vegetable goodness is what I need. I beleive healthy food doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming. What do you think guys? This only took 10 minutes approx and it is packed full of nourishing ingredients and plenty of lean protein (cottage cheese), healthy carbs and healthy fats. This will give me all the nutrition my body requires to function at it’s maximal.

What’s on your plate this lunch hour? Make sure to add a pop of colour to your plate today. Remember, the more colourful veggies/fruits you eat; the more nutrients you consume!

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My Bed Time Routine!

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I am not going to talk about my night time beauty products under this Title “my bed time routine”. Ofcourse not guys 😀 Rather I will talk about something which is far better than those expensive beauty products and can do wonders to my skin, can make it look younger, supple and glowing! Yes,  you guessed it right … it’s my favourite Green tea! Voilaaaa 😉

Did You Know?

  • The secret of green tea lies in the fact it is rich in Catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful antioxidant.
  • It is also loaded with other nutrients that have powerful effects on the body. This includes fat loss, brain function, reduces high blood pressure, boosts your immunity against illnesses, or lower risk of cancer and many other incredible benefits.

I normally take green tea before going to bed and it has become my bed time routine now and sometimes i take it in the eve 20 minutes after my dinner. I always try to take 2 cups a day … I recommend you to make ‘Green tea’ – the Liquid Wisdom’ part of your daily life.

Showing below my collection of good green tea, my all time favourites!

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Welcome to my Healthy Life!

 

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I welcome you all to ‘My healthy life’ blog which is full of positive and healthy vibes, here you will find lots of information about nutrition, health and fitness!

About Me

I am a Clicnical Nutritionist, Contributing Author, Founder and owner of a health page, health blogger, food and nutrition expert with a huge passion for optimal health & nutrition. I am a professional in the field of Nutrition, always looking to help others lead their optimal healthy life.

What Will You See In My Blog? 

My healthy lifestyle, life experiences, food I normally eat and cook, my exercise regimen, my cheat treets 😉 yes yes my 80/20 rule of thumb, personalize healthy recipes, health products that I recommend, weight loss programs, what i eat in a day and some health related useful information.

My Goal?

My goal is to inspire and motivate you to do whatever it is you love.

What I Love? 

There’s something about nature that soothes my soul and gives me serenity and a sense of calmness. I think my love for nature is eternal, it really makes me happy! I also love traveling and reading inspirational and spiritual books. I love to share my healthy tips and tricks that help me achieve a healthy, fit life. I want to pass all my knowledge onto you!

What I strongly Believe? 

If you want something badly enough, you can make it happen. Yes, you guessed it right, I am talking about Law of Attraction guys! I always encourage people to dream big and then try their best to achieve and live their dreams.

What Motivates Me? 

Positivity and inspirational talk! These simple words symbolise everything I believe we need to help us achieve great things. It also helps me to write for you guys. That’s why I created this blog http://www.ndietsolution.com – It’s all about nutrition, health & fitness and what we can do to motivate each other towards a journey of health and fitness!

If there is a topic you’d like to know more about please drop me a line in the comment section. I will keep on posting some interesting stuff here, In’sha’Allah! So stick around! 🙂

Noureen Razzaq

Cheers Xx