Food & Drink

Frozen fruits a cheaper but healthy alternative

As summer wanes, value-conscious shoppers know a pint of fresh blueberries can wind up costing a pretty penny. A recent check of four supermarkets in the Kansas City area produced wildly fluctuating prices from $2.88 to $4.99 a pint.

Looking for a bargain? Consider trolling the freezer case.

Cook's Illustrated found frozen blueberries were actually sweeter than fresh ones shipped long distances because they are picked at the peak of ripeness and individually quick frozen, known as IQF. If properly handled, frozen fruits and vegetables have the same nutritional benefits as fresh, the FDA reports.

Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops With Blueberry Wine Sauce combines fresh or frozen blueberries with red wine. Like blueberries, red wine is naturally high in resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant that may lower bad cholesterol, protect against heart disease and slow age-related memory loss.

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