WHY I EAT MUSHROOMS 7 DAYS A WEEK – THE BENEFITS.

Here’s the thing. I’m having a moment with mushrooms. Both, Andrew and I are. Our moment with mushrooms have been going on for a while, to be honest. Like, we’re obsessed. And mushrooms are totally under-rated if you ask me. It’s really never talked about.

Anyway, we love it, and it’s literally in EVERY meal we eat. Stews, pastas, stir-fry’s, soups, chili and even just on its own as a side dish with fish or chicken. Read my post on why you need a slow cooker!

I feel like I’m seeing mushroom everywhere these days including in coffee and chocolate. (I haven’t tried it in either of these yet, but who knows? I just might!)

From a nutrition perspective, mushrooms are very low in calories (just 15-20 per cup), they’re rich in antioxidants alongside MANY other nutrients.

Health.com says,

“These veggies from the fungi kingdom deliver a long list of powerful perks. For starters, they provide energy-boosting B vitamins, as well as potassium, which supports healthy blood pressure, heart function, and muscle contractions. Potassium also prevents muscle cramps, and helps maintain muscle mass.

A nutrient in mushrooms called choline plays an important role in sleep, memory, learning, and muscle movement. Meanwhile, the copper in mushrooms is involved in the production of energy and collagen. Copper is also needed to make red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout the body.

Mushrooms are a source of selenium, too. This essential mineral appears to help ward off depression, anxiety, and fatigue; and it stimulates the production of immune cells that fight infections. The antiviral and antibacterial properties of mushrooms support the immune system as well. And the antioxidants found in mushrooms protect cells from damage that can lead to disease. Mushrooms have also been shown to help reduce inflammation, a known trigger of premature aging, illness, and cognitive decline.

The fibre in mushrooms helps boost satiety, improve insulin function, and curb appetite. And last but not least, mushrooms exposed to sunlight or UV-rays are the only plant source of vitamin D.”

Source: https://www.health.com/nutrition/health-benefits-of-mushrooms

I just feel like these tiny little vegetables hold SO MUCH good stuff in them! Like, why wouldn’t you add this to every meal? There isn’t a time where Andrew and I go to the grocery store where at least 2 cartons of mushrooms aren’t in our cart.

Quick tips for preparing mushrooms:

  • Sauté any type of mushroom with onions for a quick and tasty side dish.
  • Add raw sliced cremini mushrooms or white mushrooms to top any salad.
  • Make stuffed portobello mushrooms by filling them with your favourite ingredients and baking.
  • Add sliced mushrooms to omelettes and breakfast scrambles.

Our favourite ways to use mushrooms:

  • Turkey burgers: Chop up your mushrooms finely and add them in the ground turkey mixture. YUM. You can also fry up sliced mushrooms on the side and then add them on top of your turkey burger with some melted Swiss cheese. (I’m drooling).
  • Stir-fry: Our favourite veggies that ALWAYS go in are broccoli, mushrooms, zucchini, peppers, onions, and sometimes will add meat for protein.
  • Salmon for dinner is actually one of my favourite meals EVER. We have this about once a week and I truly look forward to this Every. Single. Week. But just salmon isn’t enough, so we usually either do a huge Caesar salad or a couple veggies like mushrooms and broccoli on the side.

The best way to cook up mushrooms is in a frying pan. Add a teaspoon of butter or ghee. Throw in your mushrooms, salt, pepper, chili flakes, and garlic, and that’s it! Nothing more. There is SO much flavour in mushrooms alone, that you don’t need a whole lot more.

Here are the benefits in a nutshell:

  1. They are high in antioxidants. Antioxidants are chemicals that get rid of free radicals, a type of chemical that can potentially leading to cancer.
  2. They help detoxify your insides.
  3. Placing freshly cut mushrooms in the sun significantly increases their vitamin D content.
  4. The fibre, vitamin C, and potassium in mushrooms are great for heart health.
  5. Mushrooms are rich in B Vitamins, which help form more red blood cells.

Okay – have you guys tried mushroom in coffee? It’s all the rage these days.

Share your mushroom recipes below!

Xx, kim

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