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Clean-Eating Freezer Tips

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Clean-Eating Freezer Tips

Let’s talk about a powerhouse tool in your kitchen: your freezer! 

It can be a HUGE asset when it comes to meal planning, prepping, and storage…

EVEN if you’re one of those people who doesn’t like leftovers!

Here are 4 ways you can use your freezer to make clean and healthy eating even easier.

4 Clean-Eating Freezer Tips:

1. Make Smoothie Packs.

As outlined by the FTOC (Families Together Orange County), smoothies are a convenient, delicious, and healthy way to get a variety of nutrients into your diet. They can help promote digestive healthboost energy and brain functionsupport weight management, and are versatile and customizable to suit individual preferences.

Another upside is that they are simple to prep! Simply…

  • Place your favorite smoothie ingredients in a freezer bag and pop it into the freezer. 
  • When you’re ready for a smoothie, just grab a pack, add liquid, protein powder, and any other add-ins you want, and blend!
     

2. Pre-Portioned Protein Packs. 

Portion control helps you get the benefits of the nutrients in the food without overeating. Portion control is important because it helps you digest food easier, reach or maintain a healthy weight, stay energized throughout the day, and control blood sugar levels.

Some other tips on how to store them might include:

  • If you live in a small household, this tip is a biggie because it’ll help you save money, avoid waste, and always be ready for a healthy meal. 
  • Divide chicken, fish, or tofu into single servings and freeze them.
  • Just reheat it when you’re ready to eat! 
  • If you have a vacuum sealer, this is a great way to put it to use.

3. Homemade Soup & Stew Blocks.

Homemade soups and stews are quick and easy to whip up on the weekend, and you can stash half in the freezer to enjoy later. Soup and stews are great if you want to meal prep lunches or dinners in advance. A bonus: you’ll have healthy, homemade soup at the ready when you’re busy, under the weather or too tired to cook.

  • Leftover soup or stew? Pour it into muffin tins and freeze. 
  • Once solid, pop them out and place them in freezer bags.
  • On busy days, this makes for the perfect homemade “heat and serve” meal.

4. Freeze Cooked Whole Grains. 

Frozen whole grains are a fantastic array of valuable nutrients according to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; specifically, whole grains have a high content of fiber which helps lower cholesterol and blood sugar along with improving the digestive system.

  • Cook grains like brown rice or quinoa in bulk and then freeze them in portions — the muffin tin idea works great here, too. 
  • They reheat beautifully and help with portion control.

One of the biggest stumbling blocks when it comes to using your freezer is forgetting what’s in there! 

Pro Tip 1: Label everything with the date and contents — even the items you’re sure you’ll remember later.
Pro Tip 2: Keep an inventory list outside your freezer. This way, you know what’s inside without opening the door and letting the cold air escape.

Not only will these hacks help you keep healthy food on hand, but they’ll also make meal prep a ton easier!

Our Balanced Habits LIFE Nutrition Program focuses on creating balanced meals with simple ways you can set yourself up for success — without throwing your entire routine out of whack. 

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