Don’t be fooled by their mild flavor and pale color. Mushrooms are more than just another fungi. They’re low calorie, delicious and offer a powerhouse of nutritious health benefits such as:
- A flavor boost without adding calories or sodium. At 15 calories per cup, mushrooms add that satisfying “umami” taste with very little calories. The umami taste also allows you to use less salt without compromising flavor.
- Plant based vitamin D. Similar to humans, mushrooms naturally produce vitamin D with exposure to UV rays, providing an impressive 400 IU of vitamin D per serving. Look for the vitamin D statement on labels like the ones found on some varieties of True Goodness® by Meijer Portobella Mushrooms.
- An arsenal of antioxidants that help reduce risk for chronic disease. Research indicates that eating mushrooms may help:
- Decrease cancer risk, including breast cancer
- Reduce diabetes risk and improve insulin sensitivity
- Promote a healthy heart and healthy blood pressure
- Boost immune health
- Help maintain a healthy body weight and aide in weight loss
- Support digestive health
Mushrooms are versatile and lend themselves to just about any savory recipe. Some of my favorite ways to eat more mushrooms include:
- Grilled portabella’s: Whisk together 2 tablespoons each lemon juice, Meijer soy sauce, True Goodness® by Meijer Olive Oil, 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, 2 diced green onion, and a dash of salt and pepper. Baste the mushroom caps and place cap side down on the grill over medium heat. Add the remaining basting liquid to the gill side of the mushrooms. Cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
- “The blend”. Finely chop (or grind) button or baby bella mushrooms. Add equal parts mushrooms to ground meat and mix well. Season and use for burgers, meatballs, tacos or any recipe that calls for ground meat.
- Mini-pizza: Use portabella mushroom caps as the “crust” for mini-pizzas, topping them with your favorite sauce, cheese and other yummy pizza toppings.