Now that the spring and summer months are coming smoothies and juices become ever more popular. Personally at gaché's we love a smoothie all year round, particularly for breakfast.
Frozen fruits are the perfect ingredient for smoothies and juices (amongst other things), making seasonal fruit available and affordable throughout the year.
Frozen fruit (and vegetables) are picked, quickly blanched and immediately frozen when nutrient levels are at their highest, before being packed and distributed. Therefore nutrients and vitamins are preserved until the packet is next opened. As well as this they are more often than not less expensive than buying fresh. Don't get us wrong, we love fresh fruit too, but to get the most nutritional value you need to buy local and seasonal. Otherwise factors like long distance transportation, being exposed to light and air for too long and sitting on store shelves can decrease those values.
If possible try and incorporate fruits into your diet that are low GL (Glycemic Load), such as strawberries, apricots, cantaloupe melon or watermelon (be careful with melon as some are high GL), pears, blueberries, peaches, apples, pineapple, kiwi, mango, cherries and bananas. These have a Glycemic Load of around 11 or under, however bear in mind that fruits are some of the healthiest carbohydrates you can consume so even if some are higher in sugar this is paired with fibre which is less likely to spike your blood sugar.
We also love all types of berries; blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and cranberries are just a few that are bursting with antioxidants (even more so when frozen). Also, recent studies have shown that the more purple in colour that a fruit/vegetable is, it can help to improve cognitive abilities related to the ageing brain.
So, stock up your freezer with your favourites and you'll always have tasty fruit to hand for a variety of uses, with more nutritional value and without the worry of it over ripening and going off.
For more information on Glycemic Load and how how it differs from Glycemic Index click on the link below.