Lions’ Manes, Porcinis, Maitakes, oh my!
Let’s get to work understanding the mushroom: from lowly fungus to nutrition powerhouse.
Don’t Let the Misconceptions Scare You Away
Mushrooms can catch a bad rap. I know that whenever I was young and these weed-like toadstools would appear in my front yard, my mother told me to stay away.
Why on earth would I eat them now?
It is true that some species of mushrooms aren’t to be eaten.
But there are tons more that are delicious.
And they are full of nutrients, antioxidants and other boosters that will benefit your health in all sorts of ways!
The Truth of the Mushroom Matter
Don’t let the “fungus” title get to you. In the mushrooms we eat, this is actually a good thing!
They’re thought of by many as a natural medicine.
Think of a little wizard living under the cap, casting magical health spells on your body.
Mushrooms give you healthy doses of fiber, minerals, and vitamins.
In fact, one thing that makes mushrooms such a great addition to our diets is that they can boost your Vitamin D levels.
They also possess qualities that help fight off carcinogens, promote brain activity and even improve your mood.
All of these elements contribute to a hardworking immune system, healthy body and happy you.
How to Get in on the Nutritional Benefits
It can definitely seem tricky to choose the right kind of mushroom for your dinner table.
How do I know if this is tasty? Will my kids like this? What’s the best way to prepare it?
Well, don’t stress because the versatility of the mushroom means that you have many, many choices that will please even the pickiest taste buds.
Make them the main course by grilling some savory Portobellos. They’re rich in protein and help combat cancer and inflammation.
Throw some sauteed shiitakes into your pasta of choice. These will add not only a mouth watering flavor, but also give you fiber and minerals and aid in heart health.
Preparing a pizza, stir fry or sauce? Mushrooms add a meaty taste along with its great health benefits.
Mushrooms. Roasted, marinated, simmered – the main dish attraction or a simple ingredient. The possibilities are endless.