The freezer can be more than just the place where you store ice-creams and TV dinners. For one, it could be the weight loss tool that you’ve been looking for. You can freeze almost anything that will aid in burning calories; starting from beans to coconut water! Here’s a list of ways in which your freezer can become your one-stop-shop for weight loss.

Oatmeal

If you are looking for a healthy breakfast, then oatmeal is your best option. But if you are running short on time, then this meal can take an eternity. The best way to have oats for breakfast without wasting any time is to freeze them. On a Sunday afternoon when you have some time to spare cook a batch of oatmeal and freeze it in muffin containers. This hack will save you tons of time because all you have to do on Monday morning is pop a few of these into the microwave and Voila! Breakfast is served!

Eggs

If there’s no scarcity of fresh eggs in your kitchen then there are chances of few of them going bad. But you can’t possibly eat them before they go bad can you? The trick, is to freeze them. They last three to five weeks in the fridge, but they can keep in the freezer for up to six months. All you have to do is, crack a few eggs and whisk them till there are no air bubbles. Pour this into an ice tray or muffin container, cover with foil and freeze for 3 hours. Once it’s solid enough, you can pop these in a plastic freezer baggie for easy storage.This way you will never run out of eggs and will have a protein rich breakfast on any given day!

Presoaked Beans

Beans are packed with low-fat protein and this makes them a great alternative to meat and dairy products. Why weight-watchers should consume beans? It’s because of their high-fiber content which is extremely filling and prevents you from over eating.

Why this beat canned beans? The cans used for packaging food items or beverages are lined with BPA. So frozen beans are not only safe but they are a cheaper alternative to canned beans. The technique for preparation is also simple. Soak a batch of beans overnight. In the morning, drain and thoroughly rinse the beans. You can store these in glass containers by measuring two-cup serving sizes or place them on a cookie sheet in the freezer, and after an hour, transfer the beans to freezer bags. When you are ready to make dinner, just grab the beans and boil them in water for 45-60 minutes for a scrumptious meal.

Fruit and Veggie Puree

Frozen pureed fruits are great if you want to make your own frogurt minus the calories. Puree a batch of fresh or frozen fruit in and pour spoonfuls into ice cube trays.  Once these are frozen, you can pop them into a freezer bag to save space. When you want to make your fruit-flavored yogurt, simply take one fruit cube and stir it into your bowl of plain yogurt.

Similarly you can also puree veggies, such as spinach, sweet potato, squash and carrots. These will instant fiber to any meal that you cook, be it mashed potatoes, smothies, pasta or can simply be used as a sandwich spread. Eating fiber fills you up so you eat less and it also keeps you feeling full longer so you’re not tempted to reach for high-calorie foods.

Frozen veggies and fruits are an easy way to add much needed fiber to your diet when you are running low on time

Smoothie Ingredients

Smoothies are packed with healthy goodness and make for a quick breakfast to slurp down. But they require a great deal of prep and can be a hassle when you are running late. You can prepare ahead of time by storing the smoothie ingredients you’d use for one smoothie in bags and freezing them. Smoothies may be a quick breakfast to slurp down, but they certainly can take a great deal of prep, especially if you use fruit you need to peel like mangoes, oranges, or kiwis. Prepping ahead of time means you can whip up a smoothie in just a few minutes.

When you want to prepare your smoothie, pour the frozen fruit in your blender and ass yogurt or milk and a little water, and your smoothie will be ready in a jiffy!

Herbs and Greens

Herbs add an instant zing to any bland meal. Growing your own greens or buying a bunch of herbs can save you a lot of money, but what good is it if you end up throwing half of it because it goes bad before you have a chance to use it? Freeze leftovers in ice cube trays and add water, olive oil or veggie broth. This also works well for greens which you can add to smoothies, soups, and sauces later

Homemade Cookie Dough

If you’ve baked a batch of homemade cookies then you know it’s next to impossible to eat just one. Next time when you craft a batch, bake half of it and scoop the rest into ice cube trays. So when your sweet tooth kicks in, pop one cube out and bake it to satisfy your craving.

Store Leftovers

The next time you bake an enormous meal, like pasta, lasagna, ravioli or soup, instead of storing leftovers in the fridge, where they often go bad, save them in the freezer. Divide up appropriate portion sizes into reusable containers, so the next time you need a quick, healthy meal, it’s ready to go. Transfer them to the fridge if you remember to do so in the morning, so it will thaw all day. Once you are back from work, just pop them in the microwave for a healthy meal.

Coconut Water

Coconut water is packed with electrolytes. Instead of adding plain ice cubes, freeze coconut water. You can add this to your smoothie or just add it to a glass of water for instant re-hydration.


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