Berries are known to contain high level of antioxidants. Among them, my favorites are blueberries and strawberries but they could be expensive.
Since I use berries for blended smoothies, I usually buy frozen ones so that I don’t have to add ice anymore. What’s good thing about frozen fruits are (1) they are more affordable than fresh ones – around 20% cheaper – and (2) since they are frozen, they last longer versus fresh fruits.
Woodstock Frozen Wild Blueberries are described as fresh frozen blueberries, plump and juicy, grown without artificial pesticides. It’s important that it’s explicitly-stated in the packaging that they are organic and pesticide-free so I don’t have to worry about ingesting healthy food but unknowingly coated with harmful chemicals.
What I like about Woodstock versus all the brands of frozen fruits I’ve tried in the past is that their blueberries don’t stick together so it’s easier to scoop them up from the plastic (no need to thaw to loosen them up). This is especially important coz it’s no-no to thaw fresh fruits (or veggies) and put them back into the freezer. You should only get what is to be consumed and immediately put back the rest in the freezer. Why? Thawing will break down cells, leaching out moisture, and it may also develop harmful bacteria.
With other frozen fruit brands, fruits lump together so sometimes I have to thaw the entire pack to loosen the fruits. And unfortunately, sometimes, I forget that I am thawing fruits. Uh-oh….
BTW, one thing I’ve noticed about Woodstock blueberries is they are relatively small in size compared to other brands though it’s really a non-issue coz the pack is weight-based.
I bought this pack of Woodstock Organic Wild Blueberries from Healthy Options but I am guessing they might be available in the frozen section of other supermarkets. For frozen strawberries, I usually buy from Rustan’s supermarket. I’ve tried frozen fruits in bigger packs from S&R but the fruits tend to lump together and thus, requires thawing every time you need to get a serving.
This pack is 10 oz – good for 2 servings – that is, if you strictly want to follow the recommended daily dietary fiber. But if you have other sources of fiber, you can just scoop 2 to 3 tablespoons to put into your smoothie.
The 10 oz. pack costs Php310.50.