October 16, 2015By Davida Kugelmass - 17 CommentsA round-up of Healthy Freezer Meals including tips on How To Preserve Them For Longer! The other day I was having a conversation with some friends about what our fridge looked like in our childhood homes. I guarantee if you ask any Jewish families how many freezers they have, the answer will undoubtedly be at least 2 or 3. Now I live in a 700 square foot apartment and a secondary freezer just isn’t an option. The solution to all of my problems came in the mail in the form of the FoodSaver® V4865 2-In-1 Vacuum Sealing System.
Not only was it totally fun to use, vacuum sealing my food has legit saved me SO much room in my freezer. Once I actually read the instructions (they’re on the inside flap), I discovered that the FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing System was kind of ridiculously easy to use. In the process I’ve learned that vacuum sealing is one of the best ways to preserve your food.
One major tip I learned in my vacuum sealing escapades is to freeze liquidy recipes like soup in a container for a few hours and then pop out of the container and seal in a bag. So now that we have room to squeeze all of that food into our freezers, and plenty of time to eat it, why don’t we move onto some recipes for awesome and easy Healthy Freezer Meals? Disclosure: This post was sponsored by FoodSaver® through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select.
Snacks can boost your energy between meals and keep you from getting overly hungry, which can lead to overeating at your next meal. Fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins and nutrients needed for good health, and diets high in fruits and vegetables have been associated with a reduced risk of several chronic diseases, including heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer. Protein contributes staying power to your snack to help fill you up and is essential for building and maintaining muscles and bone.
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If you still don’t think school meals can be both healthy and appealing, take a look at these school lunches captured by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Don’t let freezer food go to waste, meal prep with these healthy meals that are easy to whip up straight from the freezer. Consensus amongst most of my friends was that their refrigerators were rarely full with the exception of every condiment under the sun. But having grown up in a home where you freeze EVERYTHING, it’s a habit that is just too hard to break. I’ll be honest, I was a bit skeptical as to whether I would actually use it and once it arrived I was a bit intimidated by the process, but I kid you not this gadget is the best thing to happen to my kitchen since I moved in.
I’ve listed breakfast, lunch and dinner options so you can eat healthy all day-everyday.
It almost gave me a heart attack a couple of months ago, because the allarm turned on and I was afraid it was going to die and I would lose all my supplies, luckily all was fine at the end.
My name is Davida and I am the recipe developer, photographer and foodie behind The Healthy Maven. But smart snacking is good news (the key word here is “smart”) – the report showed that the people with the healthiest diets snacks twice as much as those with less healthy diets. The most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that we fill half of our plates with fruits and vegetables. Vegetables are low in calories and fat and high in fiber to help you feel full longer while eating less total calories. This category includes meats, eggs, nuts, seeds, and we’re also including dairy, which is a great source of protein and calcium. School districts’ efforts to implement the updated nutrition guidelines for school meals have been paying off. Presenting healthier items in a more attractive, appetizing way can increase uptake of nutritious foods, decrease food waste and attract new customers.
But being the sole Jew of the group I was the one whose fridge was always overflowing with food and not just one but TWO freezers. Admittedly, it’s been a bit of a struggle and if you follow me on Snapchat and experienced my last freezer clean-out you know how much of a disaster it can be.


No one likes freezer burn, but with the FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealer you’re able to suck the air out to help preserve freshness for up to a year!
I’m all about freezing the grab and go foods like home made protein bars, breakfast cookies, etc. A recent study showed only 11-22% of kids are meeting the guidelines, and adults aren’t faring much better.
Low fat dairy is especially important for building healthy bones in children and maintaining bone mass during adulthood. Check out the eMeals Healthy Breakfast Meal Plan and Healthy Lunch Meal Plan for ideas to keep your family eating healthy all day. According to the USDA, more than 80 percent of schools are well on their way to meeting healthy school lunch standards. Using fresh foods and spices to liven up the meal will increase the number of repeat customers. I definitely need to step my game up when it comes to freezing actual meals – these are great tips! After I cut open the bag, I wash the inside, dry it and then freeze something that is slightly smaller than what was in the bag previously and then I just seal it up. Including fresh fruits and vegetables in a snack is a great way to increase daily intake of these nutrient-rich foods. Providing healthier food choices in the cafeteria will not work if the food does not appeal to students. Good customer service is the key to ensuring that students enjoy what is being served to them and to encourage students to come back.




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