Posts Tagged ‘National Nutrition Month’

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.

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.

“Mighty Mushroom Menu” Pinterest Contest

This March, National Nutrition Month, boost your health – and menu – with mushrooms.

Starting tomorrow (March 1), show us what’s on your healthy menu by creating a “Mighty Mushroom Menu” Pinterest board. Fill it with at least 10 nutritional recipes to help you stay focused on health this month. Follow the simple instructions below for a chance to win money to buy your mighty menu – a $100 gift card from the Mushroom Council!

Mighty Mushroom Contest

Contest Rules: http://www.mushroominfo.com/mighty-menu-rules/

Double the Mushroom Love Meatloaf

Paula from Bell’alimento kicks off National Nutrition Month with a meatloaf recipe that guarantees a dose of mushrooms in every bite. Discover her secret below.  

Mushroom Blendability Meatloaf by Bellalimento

Meatloaf is an American classic. Its comfort food at its finest and if you’re in our house you would be breaking a law if it’s not served with mashed potatoes. At least that’s what my Grandma told us. There is no doubt with this meatloaf that you’re going to want to have those garlic mashed potatoes to go with the divine mushroom sauce. One bite and this recipe is sure to be your family’s favorite new meatloaf recipe.

What makes this recipe so special? We’ve added mushrooms INTO the meatloaf as well as the sauce. We’ve pulsed up a portion of the mushrooms in a food processor to give the meatloaf an earthy undertone. The three varieties of meat keep it lean and mean. The sauce, well that’s the kicker. It’s full on mushroom love.

Go ahead and give it a try. We know you’ll love it as much as we do.

Blended Mushroom Meatloaf with Mushroom Sauce

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Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 16 ounces cremini mushrooms – divided
  • kosher salt/pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 3/4 cups broth – divided
  • 1/2 cup half/half
  • 1 1/2 pounds meatloaf blend (beef, pork, veal)
  • 1/2 onion – minced
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 egg – beaten

Directions:

  1. Into a large oven proof skillet melt butter over medium heat. Add 12 ounces sliced mushrooms. Season with salt, pepper and thyme. Cook until mushrooms are softened.
  2. Sprinkle flour on top of mushrooms. Stir until well coated. Add 2 1/2 cups of broth. Continue cooking until mixture begins to thicken. Add cream and remove from heat.
  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  4. Pulse remaining 4 ounces of mushrooms in a food processor.
  5. Into a large bowl add: meat, onion, Worcestershire, 1/4 cup broth, panko, egg and mushrooms. Mix until just combined.
  6. Form into two equal loafs and place into skillet (in sauce). Transfer to oven and bake for approximately 1 hour or until meat is cooked through.
  7. Skim fat off sauce prior to serving.

Closing National Nutrition Month with a Bang (and a Book!)

As you mushroom fans probably know, March is National Nutrition Month (NNM). Here at the Channel, nutrition is always top of mind and to keep the momentum going we’re hosting a book giveaway on Twitter this week featuring some of our favorite authors!

You can win a free copy of some of the hottest nutrition books on the market! Re-tweet our hash-tagged #NNM mushroom fact each day, and you’ll be entered to win the daily drawing for one of the following books:

Stay tuned to the Mushroom Channel on Twitter, and in the meantime check out the following roundup of some of our fave nutrition stories from this year – some easy reads that tout the benefits of nature’s hidden treasure:

March Is National Nutrition Month!: Self.com announces the American Dietetic Association’s theme for NNM this year: Eat Right with Color. Fill your plates with all the colors of the rainbow! It’s not always bright colored veggies that pack a nutritious punch – those that are light in color (or WHITE) do too, like mushrooms!

Knowing how many calories you need is what counts: To stop weight gain, remember one thing: energy in must equal energy out. In other words, the calories you consume must be equivalent to those you burn and if you want to lose weight, the scale must be tipped toward energy out. USA Today suggests cutting calories by using one of our favorite tricks – substituting mushrooms for meat.

ARE YOU “D”-PRESSED?: Dr. Keith Ayoob blogged about mushrooms as a unique source of vitamin D. That’s right, all mushrooms contain D – they’re the only source in the produce section – and like our skin, they can produce vitamin D when exposed to light.

Finally! Burgers and fries that are good for you: Martha Stewart highlights the benefits of mushrooms in this “TODAY Show” power food cooking segment. Give Stewart’s portabella burger recipe a shot for a healthier twist on one of America’s favorite foods.