Planning is essential when it comes to eating healthy.
And once you stock your fridge and pantry with nutritious foods, the next stop to weight-loss success is in your freezer. Here are four foods you should have on hand to stay healthy and on track all year long.
1. Wild Seafood
Upping your protein consumption might help you lose weight, and if you’re not a lover of poultry, beef, or pork, it can be tough to hit that sky-high number every day. Eating a diet loaded with seafood can help you get more low-calorie and lean protein into your life that can support your weight-loss goals and keep you satisfied. If you don’t have fresh, wild-caught fish and seafood available locally, frozen fish is your best bet. Keep protein-rich shrimp or fish fillets ready to go.
Just half a cup of edamame is 95 calories but contains over eight grams of plant-based protein. Keeping a box of these frozen baby soy beans ensures that you always have a healthy protein source ready to go. These are tasty on their own as a light snack, but they can easily be tossed into soups, salads, or stir-fries to bump up the nutritional value of any thrown-together meal.
3. Mixed Berries
I always have a big bag of organic mixed berries tucked into my freezer. They are the perfect starter to any smoothie or smoothie bowl (pictured) and are chock-full of healthy antioxidants and nutrients that support weight loss. If you don’t want to buy a bag, here’s everything you need to know about freezing berries when they’re fresh.
BrothOne of the amino acids found in bone broth that keeps your immunity boosted and your gut healed has also been linked to supporting weight loss and enhancing glucose metabolism in women. Once you slow-cook a batch, keep frozen mason jars of this magic elixir ready to go. This way you’ll always have broth available when you need it.
5. Mixed Veggies
If you only keep one frozen food in the freezer, make it a bag of mixed veggies. You can easily defrost and add fiber-rich vegetables to any meal. Make sure you buy a high-quality variety that you’ll actually eat and enjoy.