Challenges to eating a healthy diet
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), nearly 9 in 10 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants face barriers in providing their household with a healthy diet.
reported cost of healthy foods
reported time to prepare meals from scratch
reported lack of cooking skills
Frozen to the rescue
Frozen foods provide convenient access to well-balanced, nutritious meals in every season & community
Frozen foods are often lower in cost-per-serving and have a longer shelf-life than refrigerated or fresh foods. Additionally, results from menu modeling show that realistic, balanced and affordable menus featuring mostly frozen foods can meet energy, nutrient and cost goals based on recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, MyPlate and USDA’s Moderate Cost Food Plan.
From cauliflower pizza crust to brown rice to lowfat breakfast sandwiches to veggie/legume blend side dishes, frozen foods are also a helpful option for consumers that lack the time and skills to cook meals from scratch.
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