The Benefits of Microwaving Vegetables
After a busy day, the majority of people might think it’s too difficult to prepare a healthy, home-cooked meal for themselves or their family. Instead of going out and buying something unhealthy to eat, our Season & Steam line of microwavable vegetables are a more nutritious alternative and a great building block for your next dinner. These vegetables are fresh, nutritious and are even ready in 5 minutes or less.
According to a recent article on CNN, steaming vegetables in the microwave is one of the best ways to retain all nutrients and antioxidants in your vegetables. Other cooking methods such as boiling, can cause the nutrients in your vegetables to leak out. When you boil vegetables, the water changes color as the vegetables cook. The colorful water ends up with all of the vitamins and nutrients that were once stored in the vegetables.
Catherine Adams Hutt, a certified dietitian and food scientist, said, “The best cooking method for retaining nutrients is one that cooks quickly, exposes food to heat for the smallest amount of time and uses only a minimal amount of liquid.” Steaming your vegetables in the microwave cooks your vegetables quickly and uses very little water to do so. This helps retain almost all of the nutrients in the vegetables.
Sautéing or frying vegetables can add flavor to your vegetables; but it also adds a lot of unnecessary fat and oils. Microwaving in our steam-fast packaging gently steams vegetables to perfection without the addition of unhealthy external fats and oils. In fact, some of our favorite recipes involve adding just a pinch of seasoning!