For many consumers, it’s hard not to equate the freezer aisle of the grocery store with ice cream, pizzas, and bland, boring vegetables. The freezer section is rarely the first stop, as shoppers tend to stock up on fresh produce first before eventually making their way back to the freezer. However, consumer behavior is always changing and we’re thrilled that more people are now discovering what we’ve known for a long time: frozen foods (and grains, in particular) are nutritional powerhouses!
This year, the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) and FMI released their second Power of Frozen report, identifying megatrends influencing the demand for frozen foods — they called frozen foods a “pandemic powerhouse” with increased sales by 21% compared to a year ago. Path of Life blends are packed with nutrients from frozen grains (plus veggies) and full of flavors that are dressed to impress. Quinoa believe that? We can.
With frozen foods, all ingredients are frozen at the peak of freshness, locking in all the nutrients and flavors. They are a convenient and affordable way to incorporate healthy, satisfying foods in every meal. Path of Life’s frozen grains in particular are a fantastic addition.
Frozen whole grains are a fantastic array of valuable nutrients according to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; specifically, whole grains have a high content of fiber which helps lower cholesterol and blood sugar along with improving the digestive system. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends eating 6 ounces (about ¾ cup) of grain foods daily and getting at least half or 3 ounces of that grain intake from 100% whole grains.
A convenient way to get these grains on the table everyday is through the ease of Path of Life’s frozen grain products. Path of Life’s Southwest Mango Quinoa Blend transforms an oftentimes bland whole grain into an explosion of flavor and Prevention Magazine agrees! Our Quinoa Blend was featured as the Best Frozen Grain of the year in Prevention’s 2021 Healthy Food Awards as a food made with “real, recognizable ingredients, no trans fats or hydrogenated oils, and made with minimal amounts of sodium and added sugar.”
For core frozen food shoppers, it’s not frozen or fresh, it’s both! With that in mind, Path of Life’s frozen grains are an easy and versatile way to complement fresh ingredients in meals at any time of the day. The flavors contained in one bag of Path of Life relieves any guesswork on how to season a dish.
Here are some of our favorite recipes featuring Path of Life products that can save you time without sacrificing flavor at every meal:
Find more ideas on our recipes page, and keep your eye on this blog for more tips, tricks, recipes, and knowledge to help you live a more simple, flavorful and nutritious life.