Last updated on Feb 25th, 2021 at 03:14 pm

When it comes to preparing and serving a quick meal, nothing is more convenient than frozen foods.

They’re easy to prepare, fits into your freezer and can be stored for a long time. But, there are health and nutritional benefits to frozen food as well and improving your overall health can be as easy as opening the freezer door.

With the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown restrictions, consumers are looking for ways to balance new roles and responsibilities while still providing nutritious and well-balanced meals for the family.

As such, McCain and Sea Harvest have come together in a bid to alleviate the pressure, by bringing fun and creativity back into the kitchen. And the brands insist that consumers do not have to spend hours in the kitchen preparing meals and frozen food is the key to convenience and overall improved health, nutrition and even weight loss.

McCain and Sea Harvest are working together to highlight the various benefits and convenience of frozen food.

With consumers taking a proactive, holistic approach to health, wellness and eating habits, McCain and Sea Harvest are working together to highlight the various benefits and convenience of frozen food.

Lukas Nangolo, Brand Manager at McCain Foods, says “Frozen food typically gets a bad rap for being highly processed, less nutritious and more expensive, but this is far from true. Frozen food can be just as healthy as its fresh counterparts, and come at a fraction of the cost.”

In fact, frozen foods, like McCain’s frozen vegetables and Sea Harvest’s Hake and Haddock fillets and steaks, help support your weight loss goals.

Here the #FriendsInYourFreezer unpack how:

1.    Fill up on the good stuff fast

When feeling hungry or even peckish, many of us lean towards tasty and convenient food, which often turns out to be fast food, high in fat, sodium and calories. Frozen, lower-calorie products are a healthier alternative with the same convenience and great taste. Jared Patel, Head Of Marketing at Sea Harvest Group Ltd, says “Frozen foods are generally lower in calories, especially compared to other convenience foods like fast food and restaurant meals.

Because of this convenience, frozen foods can also prevent consumers from skipping meals or choosing poor quality snacks in-between, preventing excessive hunger that could lead to overeating later in the day.”

To add to this, frozen vegetables can be prepared with minimal effort, making them a quick and convenient alternative, while retaining all the health benefits. They are naturally low in calories, high in vitamins and minerals, and will increase your intake of nutrients and antioxidants. Being an excellent source of fibre, they also help you feel full and satiated for longer, reducing the urge for unhealthy snacking.

They are naturally low in calories, high in vitamins and minerals, and will increase your intake of nutrients and antioxidants.

2.    Get your healthy fish intake

Fish forms an important part of a diet as it is high in protein and contains iron, calcium, fluorine and a range of B vitamins, among others. Whitefish is also low in fat and calories, while more fatty varieties are rich in vitamins A, D and E. A healthy, balanced diet should include at least two portions of fish a week, of which one portion should be oil-rich. Having these products in your freezer makes this very achievable.

3.    Easier portion control

It is widely believed that the key to weight loss is portion and calorie control. Since frozen food is pre-packaged, and includes suggested serving size and nutritional value, there is no need to measure, count or weigh food to manage your calorie intake, and it is easier to understand exactly how many calories you are consuming.

“There are indeed plenty of benefits to choosing frozen food, including weight loss. Since eating is all about choices, choosing healthier frozen food options is a win-win for consumers. Just remember that all weight management plans should be discussed with a registered dietitian or nutritionist,” Nangolo concludes.

For more information about the McCain and Sea Harvest ‘Friends In Your Freezer’ campaign or to learn about the frozen product range on offer, visit www.mccain.co.za and www.seaharvest.co.za

Try these tasty, healthy recipes below:

Sea Harvest Fish Finger & Avocado Sliders with McCain Smiles

Sea Harvest Fish Finger & Avocado Sliders with McCain Smiles

Arrange the Sea Harvest Fish Fingers and McCain Smiles onto a baking tray and bake for 20 minutes until golden. Season with salt as soon as they come out of the oven.

Fish Friday & McCain Slap Chips with Tartar Sauce

Fish Friday & McCain Slap Chips with Tartar Sauce

A Friday night treat for the whole family! Complete with delicious homemade tartar sauce.

Crisp & Chunky with McCain Hawaiian Stir Fry and Sweet & Sour Sauce

Crisp & Chunky with McCain Hawaiian Stir Fry and Sweet & Sour Sauce

Ready in 30 minutes! A tasty meal the whole family will love. Crisp & Chunky with McCain Hawaiian Stir Fry and Sweet & Sour Sauce