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Freezing your own TV dinner: nutrition for the busy lifestyle

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Freezing meals you make ahead of time helps put you in control of what you put in your body. (Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) Freezing meals you make ahead of time helps put you in control of what you put in your body. (Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)
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Did you know the first commercially-available frozen food was fish?

Clarence Birdseye developed a system to viably freeze, transport and sell frozen food back in 1925. The Birdseye name, of course, has since become well-known in the field of frozen foods, as have many other lines of products.

March is National Frozen Food Month, and according to the United States Census Bureau, also National Nutrition Month. It's easy to see how the two could go hand-in-hand… or rather, hand-in-mouth.

The Census Bureau states that there are around 3,500 frozen food wholesalers in the country, selling about $85 billion worth of products you store to heat and eat at a later date.

Freezing foods is a cost-effective and convenient way to feed your family, whether you do so by purchasing ready-to-heat meals or freezing the leftovers of another meal. Some families go the extra mile by making a batch of various recipes – soups, casseroles, et cetera – and freezing them for later, in essence making your own frozen entrees.

For National Nutrition Month, which encourages families to make informed food choices and developing sound eating habits, freezing foods may be a good method of introducing them back into your meals.

If you're like many who buy fruits and vegetables with the best of intentions, only to discard the shriveled remains because you just couldn't get to them in time, the "DIY TV Dinner" method may be the right way for you.

Set aside a day off and spend it in the kitchen. Make a number of your own favorite meals so you can be in control of what goes inside your food, and thus, your body. Add fruits or veggies into your recipes to enhance flavor and nutrients, and then once the finished dish is to your satisfaction, put them straight into freezer-safe containers.

You'll feel better about zapping a meal in the microwave during the work-week when you know precisely what went into the meal.

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