National Nutrition Month: The Majesty of Mushrooms | Confessions of a Stay-At-Home Mom

March 20, 2013

National Nutrition Month: The Majesty of Mushrooms

Most people have a love/hate relationship with mushrooms. In that, they either love 'em or hate 'em. I used to be one of those with less affection for the fungi. That is, until I moved to the Mushroom Capital of the World.  Then I realized a very important fact:

Mushrooms are misunderstood.

Therefore, they get a bad rap.

I may not grab a mushroom to snack on, but I've come to appreciate the nutritional value they offer. Did you know it's National Nutrition Month? Mushrooms are a fantabulous way to add vitamins and nutrients to a meal, often in very subtle ways.

First, let's chat about what mushrooms offer: 

  • They are inexpensive
  • A natural source of vitamins B and D
  • A rich source of antioxidents
  • Swapability: They make a  great substitute for meat in a recipe

Who knew?!

I appreciate the richeness and depth mushrooms add to a recipe. They have a hearty texture, which hold up in all kinds of cooking techniques. I like adding them to things likes sauces, soups, stews or even as pizza and salad toppings. While mushrooms can absolutely stand out and shine on their own (have you ever had a Portobello Burger?),  they are a savory companion to any meal. And seeing as I have two little girls who can be picky eaters at times, mushrooms are can be added in subtle ways while packing a nutrition punch!

The Mushroom Council is here to promote awesomeness of mushrooms. A little understanding can go a long way for incoporating mushrooms into a healthier lifestyle! The council, made of mushroom producers and importers, has a great website that has a plethora of mushroom-inspired recipes. If you love mushrooms or are looking to find new ways to use them, make sure to connect with the Mushroom Council on their social media sites, known as The Mushroom Channel: Facebook , Twitter and Pinterest.

To learn more about mushrooms, ask questions and get some great recipes, join The Mushroom Council for a Twitter Party TONIGHT, March 20, from 8-9pm EST. Use hashtag #MushroomDish.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.

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