What are your #ShroomGoals?
How are your resolutions holding up? If you’re wavering or still goal-searching, why not make some #ShroomGoals? Mushrooms can help play a role in achieving whatever your goals may be – from improving your nutrition to your cooking!
Mushrooms are a nutritional powerhouse! With a health halo sure to impress, they’re a fun(gi) way to get essential vitamins and nutrients into your diet, including vitamin D. DYK: Mushrooms are the only source of vitamin D in the produce aisle, which can help build and maintain strong bones.
Criminis (aka ‘baby bellas’ or browns), have the highest vitamin D content when exposed to UV light with a whopping 1085 IU in one 84 gram serving (DRV for adults is 600 IU). We love these atop an ooey, gooey pizza and in grab-n-go breakfast burritos.
Mushrooms are also low in calories and fat free. White buttons, the most popular variety, have the lowest calorie count with only 19 calories per 3-ounce serving (about 5 medium raw white buttons).
Mix your chopped mushrooms with ground meat (using The Blend) to increase your vegetable intake and promote satiety. Fill up (and feel better) with nutrient-dense meals, such as Pan-Roasted Mushrooms with Scrambled Eggs for breakfast or a Mighty Mushroom Lettuce Wrapped Blended Burger for lunch.
One of the most notable markers of mushrooms: umami flavor. This fifth basic taste can be translated from the Japanese word ‘umami’ as savory, brothy, rich or meaty in sensation. The umami flavor in mushrooms makes dishes more flavorful, while reducing calories, fat and sodium intake. Added flavor and nutritional benefits? Sign us up!
Try umami-rich portabellas in your next recipe. These large brown mushrooms are meaty in both flavor and texture, making them a treat whether you’re a meat eater, veggie lover or somewhere in between. When it comes to versatility in the kitchen, bellas have got you covered.
Challenge yourself to cook a new recipe each month this year using mushrooms. Start this month with gluten-free, grilled burger ‘buns’ or sliced atop a grain bowl.
Sure, mushrooms are nutrient-packed and full of the umami flavor we all know and love, but did you know they are also one of the most sustainably produced foods in the U.S.? Mushrooms are grown indoors, in the dark and in vertically stacked beds.
Our favorite fungi require little room to growing, meaning up to 1 million pounds of mushrooms can be produced from just one acre of land each year. One pound alone requires 1.8 gallons of water, 1.0 KwH of electricity and only generates 0.7 lbs CO2 equivalents, aka a small eco footprint.
Mushrooms are gentle on the planet, help your food taste better and keep your body feeling great. How are they going to fit into your healthy habits this year?