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Mushroom Varieties Offer Different Health Benefits

DYK: Different mushroom varieties offer different health benefits. Read on to learn more!

While it’s easy to decipher between shapes and colors, it’s not as easy to see the nutritional differences between mushrooms. Mushrooms are a nutrient powerhouse with each type offering beneficial nutrients such as vitamin D, selenium and B vitamins.

Health Benefits of Mushroom Varieties

This March, during National Nutrition Month,“Put Your Best Fork Forward” and dive deeper into the leading health benefits[1] behind four common mushroom varieties.

Low-Calorie

Opt for white buttons: Boasting just 18.5 calories per serving[2], white button mushrooms contain the lowest calories of all mushroom varieties. Additionally, white buttons provide 15 percent of the daily recommended intake of the vitamin B3, niacin. Niacin may promote healthy skin and digestive health.

Bone Health

Say hello to shiitakes: One serving of shiitake mushrooms is an excellent source of copper, offering 40 percent of the recommended daily intake. Copper helps keep bones and nerves healthy.

Immunity

Choose cremini: One serving of cremini mushrooms is an excellent source of selenium, containing 31 percent of the recommended daily intake. Selenium may help the immune system function properly.

Vitamin D

Make room for maitake: One serving of maitake mushrooms contains a whopping 236 percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin D. Vitamin D may help build and maintain strong bones by helping the body absorb calcium. Additionally, it may support cell growth, neuromuscular and immune function, and help reduce inflammation.

[1] Mushroom Varieties Chart and Nutrition by Varieties

[2] Average serving size is 4-5 mushrooms.

Pack a Nutritious Punch in Your Lunch

A nutritious lunch can make all the difference in your day!

Avoid the 3 o’clock slump by packing a hearty and healthy lunch that will keep you feeling full and energized all afternoon. Offering beneficial nutrients such as vitamin D, selenium and B vitamins, mushrooms are the ultimate superfood. Make your lunch a true “power lunch” by adding mushrooms!

DYK: Different mushroom varieties offer different health benefits. Switch up the varieties you use in your favorite mushroom recipes.

  • Looking for low-cal? Opt for white buttons. Boasting just 18.5 calories per serving*, white button mushrooms contain the lowest calories of all mushroom varieties1.
  • Say hello to shiitakes for bone health. One serving of shiitake mushrooms is an excellent source of copper1, which helps keep bones and nerves healthy.
  • For immunity, choose cremini. One serving of cremini mushrooms is an excellent source of selenium1, which may help the immune system function properly.
    Vitamin D = maitake. One serving of maitake mushrooms contains a whopping 236 percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin D1.

*Average serving size is 4-5 mushrooms

Nutritious Lunch Recipes

Turkey Mushroom BBQ Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Turkey & Mushroom BBQ Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Lean ground turkey and white button mushrooms create a hearty topping for tender sweet potatoes. Make them for dinner and bring the leftovers for lunch the next day!

Shiitake Mushroom Ramen To-Go

Shiitake Mushroom Ramen To-Go
Create a comforting lunch to-go in a jar! Earthy shiitake mushrooms and noodles in rich broth will brighten your lunchtime and fill you up for the afternoon.

Asian Mushroom Chicken Patties

Asian Mushroom Chicken Patties
Spice up your afternoon with savory chicken patties atop a healthy bed of veggies. Lighten your meat serving by blending in flavorful cremini mushrooms.

Marinated Mushroom and Chickpea Salad

Marinated Mushroom & Chickpea Salad
This refreshing salad is packed with healthy mushrooms and chickpeas, and can easily be made on Sunday prep days for grab-and-go lunches later in the week!

Garden Mushroom Meatloaf

Garden Mushroom Meatloaf
Boost nutrition and stretch your dollar by blending mushrooms into your beef. This flavorful garden meatloaf is terrific for reheating throughout the week!

Broccolini Mushroom Salad

Broccolini Mushroom Salad
Load up the greens with this super simple salad. Go full veg, or pair it with salmon or chicken for a delicious and nutritious lunch to keep you going.

1 Popular Mushroom Variety and Nutrition Information

Chef Spotlight: Adrian Cruz, The Orchard Lounge

Meet Chef Adrian Cruz, one of five winners of the 2016 James Beard Foundation Blended Burger Project. He is the third in a series of Chef Spotlights, which offer a behind-the-kitchen look at the inspiration behind chef-created blended burgers.

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“The Concha Burger is the new kid on the block,” says Chef de Cuisine Adrian Cruz of The Orchard Lounge in McAllen, Texas.

New kid on the block, indeed. What makes Cruz’s blended burger so unique? Aside from its delicious toppings like homemade strawberry-fig jam and Applewood bacon, the burger is sandwiched between a Concha bun – a sweet yeast bread roll that can be found in many Mexican markets. As a child, Cruz spent summers at his grandparents’ house in Texas, and would purchase Concha every morning from a bakery truck that was parked across the street. Sharing Concha with his mom and brother over a steaming cup of coffee is one of Cruz’s favorite childhood memories.

Inspired to mimic the sweet and savory flavor profile of Concha dipped in coffee, Cruz decided to experiment with the idea of using Concha as the bun for his blended burger – and it was a hit. For the burger, he uses a blend of beef, pork chorizo and shiitake mushrooms, then tops it with the strawberry-fig jam, chipotle aioli, pickled cucumber, butter lettuce, a duck-fat fried egg, applewood smoked bacon, tomatoes and string mushrooms. What intrigued Cruz most about joining the Blended Burger Project? The opportunity to create a healthier burger with some of his favorite ingredients. He loves the flavor and texture that mushrooms bring to a traditional patty.

“Participating in James Beard’s Blended Burger Project isn’t about becoming famous, it’s about inspiring other chefs and proving that dreams do come true,” says Cruz. He grew up cooking in his mother’s kitchen at the age of 12, and has honed his skills while training at various restaurants in the Rio Grande Valley. Cruz is excited to show off his chops at the James Beard House this October, or has he calls it, “painting on plates.”

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Broccolini Mushroom Salad

Looking for a healthy, yet flavorful spring side? This ‘shroom salad from bell’alimento is sure to impress.

Broccolini Mushroom Salad by Bell'alimento

If you’re looking for a super simple spring side dish that’s big on shrooms, then look no farther. It’s so good you might just want to eat it on its own. If you’re looking for a complete meal, try pairing it with salmon or chicken.

Broccolini Mushroom Salad

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:
1 bunch fresh broccolini – trimmed
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon sesame seed oil
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 clove garlic – minced
8 ounces fresh mushrooms – thinly sliced

Directions:
Into a large saute pan add 1/4 cup water and heat over medium heat. When simmering, add broccolini and cook until just softened. Transfer to serving bowl. Set aside.
Into a small bowl whisk together: soy sauce, vinegar, oil, red pepper flakes, sesame seeds and garlic. Pour into pan and heat over medium heat.

Add mushrooms and cook until tender. Pour over broccolini. Toss to combine.

Get Your Greens

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March marks the first glimpse of spring, and that means grocery stores and farmers markets will soon be blooming with seasonal greens and vegetables. Fresh arugula, beets, lettuce, mushrooms, radicchio and scallions glimmer amongst the other produce with a cheerful disposition. As we step away from the heavy foods of winter, we encourage you to rejuvenate your dinner plates with crisp, colorful and nutrient-rich greens.

Wholesome and nourishing, spring vegetables are packed with vitamins C, D and K, iron, potassium, fiber and calcium. Mushrooms alone provide important nutrients like selenium, potassium, riboflavin, vitamin D and more. Blending mushrooms with meat (known as The Blend) can also help cut down on red meat consumption and reduce excess calories and fat from your diet.

Whether you spice up your meals with veggie spring rolls, test a new salad, or simply add more raw veggies to the plate, it all adds up to a healthier lifestyle. Celebrate the bloom of springtime, and National Nutrition Month, with a few of our favorite fresh recipes.

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Oyster Mushroom Spring Rolls
Kick off the season with these zesty spring rolls loaded with bright greens and meaty mushrooms.

 

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Taco Salad
Taco Tuesdays just got a new look! Pile your favorite ingredients on a bed of lettuce.

 

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Mushroom Veggie ‘Meatballs’ & Zucchini Pasta
Stack rich pasta sauce and veggie meatballs atop perfectly al dente zucchini ribbons.

 

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Minced Chicken & Mushroom Lettuce Cups
This light spring dish blends mushrooms, chicken, and asian flavors for a playful finger food.

 

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Grilled Mushroom Cobb Salad
Meaty portabella mushrooms top this vegetarian salad—perfect for lunch or as a hearty side salad.

 

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Mushroom Pizza
Pile on the mushrooms and enjoy a fun make-your-own pizza night with the family.