Best Frozen Foods for Type 2 Diabetes

As concerns about COVID-19 continue to reshape the way we live, you may feel hesitant to go grocery shopping as often as you used to. There are healthy takeout and to-go food options but eating out can become expensive quickly. Frozen foods are a low-cost, easy way to cut back on trips to the grocery store and stay on track with your health goals. Here are some of the best things to keep in your freezer:

Edamame

Frozen edamame – with no added salt – is a tasty, balanced snack packed with protein and carbohydrates. Buy the kind in the pod to slow down your snacking and savor the taste! Simply steam in the microwave, and top with a sprinkle of salt-free flavoring like Mrs. Dash or some pepper.

Berries

Berries are packed with antioxidants and are part of a healthy, well balanced diet. Interestingly, frozen berries pack a more nutritious punch than fresh berries and you can make plenty of simple, nutritious snacks with them! Whip up some nice cream, blend into a berry smoothie, or sprinkle on top of yogurt. Just remember to look for the kind without added sugar.

Mixed Vegetables

Frozen veggies are great to have on hand to make soups, chilis, and simple stir fries without having to worry about your produce going bad if you don’t use it quickly enough! Look for non-starchy frozen veggies with no added salt or sauce to make a healthy, balanced meal.

Leftovers

Made too much of something? Don’t toss it out! Freeze leftovers in a container or sealable bag for a quick meal another day. Follow this easy guide to make and freeze meals ahead of time.

Ready-Made Meals

Looking for something even faster and easier? Try one of these low fat, low sodium, carbohydrate appropriate meals out there. Pair one with a salad and a good helping of non-starchy vegetables for a delicious healthy meal in minutes!

If you’re not comfortable venturing out to the store at all, there are lots of contactless options out there. Here are some you may want to try:

Cone Health Employee Grocery Program

Cone Health now offers two programs to make getting groceries for yourself and your family easier: Grocery2Go online ordering and Curbside Pantry Pickup. To learn more, please click here to review the differences between the two programs and determine which one best fits your needs.

Other Options

Instacart is a paid subscription that offers fast and easy grocery delivery. Whole Foods will deliver your groceries right to your door within a matter of hours if you’re an Amazon Prime member. If neither of those work for you, call your local grocery store and ask if they offer curb-side pickup. Simply order your groceries in advance and get them put right into your car when you arrive.

How are you navigating grocery shopping these days? Have you found new ways to get creative in the kitchen with frozen food? Share them in the comments below!

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