Open most people's freezers and you're likely to see a pint of ice cream and TV dinners. While these foods may be freezer staples, they're not helping you on your quest to lose weight. But, when used right, the freezer is the perfect weight-loss tool for you.
After a long, busy, and insanely rainy Winter, I'm ready to do something I've been putting off for more than a couple of months: Spring clean my kitchen. To make the daunting task more manageable, I've broken it down into smaller projects: organizing my pantry, making my cabinets neater, and now, deep-cleaning my freezer. Hoping to do the same to yours this season? Keep clicking for my favorite tips.
Although the items in my freezer are kept to a minimum (meaning it's generally pretty clean), I do have a weakness for one frozen food in particular: Stouffer's French Bread Pepperoni Pizza. I'm absolutely crazy for the stuff! It's definitely a guilty pleasure, but when I'm home alone and in the mood for a no-cook dinner, I pop one of these babies in the oven. Since March is National Frozen Foods month, it's time for you to fess up. From Lean Cuisine to Bagel Bites, I want to know, what frozen foods do you eat?
Because I love baking cakes and cupcakes, whenever it's a friend or family member's birthday, I am the designated dessert maker. What I don't enjoy is having to transport the cake or cupcakes to the birthday party location. It can be really stressful — especially living in San Francisco where there are so many hills! To ensure that my baked goods arrive at their destination unharmed, I've started freezing them.
I'll place the cupcakes or cake in the freezer 20 to 30 minutes before I leave. The dessert won't be totally frozen, but it will be cold, set, and hard. Freezing it also means that frosting won't get all over the place. When I arrive at the party, I simply leave the cake out or place it in the fridge. By the time it's served, it is the perfect temperature! Do you transport desserts? Share your method with us below.
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The only things in my freezer are ice, frozen berries, puff pastry, and vodka. There was a time when my freezer was full of tupperware, but I never ended up eating anything I froze, so I stopped. Although I make soups and casseroles, I prefer to eat the leftovers rather than freeze them for a later date. How about you?
When you're painting your interiors, and the task takes more than one day, it's a pain in the butt to have to wash all of your brushes and supplies whenever you take a break. So instead of washing all of the paint off my brushes, I just pop them in the freezer in a plastic bag and defrost them when I need to get back to my paintstaking project. If you've got room to spare in your freezer, you might as well keep your brushes frozen even after your project is done. That way, if you ever need to do touchups, your brush will be ice cold and ready to go!
Sometimes healthy snacks can get boring and it's nice to have some easy to make snacks on hand for anytime your tummy starts rumbling and you've already eaten dinner. eDiets has found the best healthy snacks to keep in your freezer and since I love almost everything on this list, especially Skinny Cow Ice Cream, I wanted to share it with you.
- Birds Eye Steamfresh Veggies: One entire bag has less than 200 calories.
- Skinny Cow Ice Cream: These delicious ice-cream sandwiches are 97-percent fat free and have only 140 calories
- Sugar-Free Popsicles: They are low in calories and sugar-free!
- Edamame: These soybeans are low in calories and easy to make -- all you have to do is boil some water.
- Gardenburger: These are delicious and hearty and have around 100 calories per patty.
- Kashi Go Lean Frozen Waffles: Each waffle has 8 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber, and only 3 grams of fat!
What about you? Do you keep a "go to" snack in your freezer? Tell me what it is in the comments section below.