When we want to eat healthy, we often focus on what we should be cutting out of our diets, but what if we flipped that perspective and thought instead about what we could add? Boosting nutrition doesn’t have to mean scrapping your favorite comfort foods or abandoning flavor for the sake of keeping things low-cal. The Blend is a great example of how you can add nutrients to your meals without sacrificing fun dishes like burgers, tacos and sloppy joes.
What can blending mushrooms with meat add to your plate?
- Vitamin D to support the growth and maintenance of strong bones by helping the body absorb calcium. One serving of UV-exposed portabella mushrooms contains 64% DV.
- B vitamins that help your body break down proteins, fats and carbs and turn them into energy. Depending on variety, one serving of mushrooms contains…
- 3-30% DV of Pantothenic Acid (important for metabolism).
- 5-20% DV of Riboflavin (plays a role in cellular function).
- 7-30% DV of Niacin (promotes healthy skin and support digestive functions).
- Selenium is an antioxidant that helps protect your cells from damage that could lead to chronic diseases. Mushrooms are the leading source of selenium in the produce category. One serving of mushrooms contain 3-31% DV.
- Potassium helps to control blood pressure by aiding in the maintenance of a normal fluid and mineral balance. It also helps to keep your nerves and muscles functioning properly. One serving of mushrooms contain 3-11% DV.
“Mushrooms, while low in carbs and fat, are high in many essential nutrients. They contain several B vitamins, such as niacin and riboflavin, which aid in energy production and skin health. Mushrooms also contain copper, which promotes bone strength, blood cell maturation, and metabolism.”
By adding mushrooms into your favorite ground meat recipes, you get all these added nutrients and more while potentially cutting down on fat, sodium and cholesterol. Take it from Christa Jacobs, a registered dietitian nutritionist for Aramark:
Christa’s not the only R.D. who agrees. Read what the experts have to say about the nutritional benefits of mushrooms. Then, take The Blend to the kitchen and give it a go with the healthy recipes below! Click here for citations to the nutrition facts stated above.