Did you know March is Frozen Food Month? You read that right — there’s a whole month dedicated to frozen foods. The event was created by the NFRA, a trade association representing the frozen and refrigerated food industry. While this month-long event is unlikely to make it onto any holiday calendars, it’s a limited opportunity to take advantage of the promotions that many grocery stores run on frozen foods during the month of March.
Frozen food is an easy and affordable way to make healthy, quick meals that keep your whole family happy. Supporting your body with filling, nutritious foods helps you in every aspect of your life, including your fitness routine. Whether you’re starting a fitness routine or a gym-pro, the food you put into your body is the fuel that helps you feel good throughout your workout (or contributes to you feeling sluggish and unenergized). If you have the freezer space for it, stocking up on frozen foods during the last few weeks of March and early April when prices are low can set you up with the basics for low-cost, healthy meals for months!
Chicken is a budget-friendly frozen classic. Frozen chicken breasts can be stored in the freezer until you need them and pulled out to make a huge variety of healthy, protein-packed meals. And as one of the most common meat choices for meals, there are tons of chicken recipes on the internet to try out.
Here’s a comprehensive guide on cooking with frozen chicken. Try a recipe for super-easy 2-ingredient BBQ chicken, a chicken recipe to try if you have an Instant Pot handy, and a simple recipe for frozen chicken parmesan.
Like frozen chicken, frozen vegetables are a frozen food staple. Frozen vegetables are the next best thing to fresh produce and last much longer. Adults should be eating 2 to 3 cups of vegetables a day, and most adults aren’t meeting that recommendation. Depending on the vegetables available in your frozen freezer section, frozen veggies can be a tasty and nutritious side dish or the main course.
Bread, rice, and other grains freeze surprisingly well. You can keep grains in your freezer for weeks or months to provide your meals a filling, fibrous addition to your meat and veggies. Look for affordable grain options that include seeds, nuts, or whole grains instead of white or refined breads. Switch out white rice for brown for additional roughage that’s good for your intestinal health. Frozen grains (with a side of frozen fruit) also make for a quick and filling breakfast.
Making family-friendly meals on a budget can be challenging. Especially when you want to be feeding yourself and your family good, healthy foods that support and fuel you through all your daily activities. For more health and fitness knowledge, head over to our blog!