Harvest of the Month: Mushrooms

They’re known as a superfood source of powerful nutrients. Fresh mushrooms are a healthy addition to everyone’s plate. In fact, mushrooms provide many of the same nutritional benefits as vegetables. And they are this month’s Harvest of the Month.

Before we get to some fun kid-friendly mushroom recipes, let’s talk about the facts. Mushrooms are:

  • Low in calorie
  • Fat-free
  • Cholesterol-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Very low in sodium

Mushrooms also have attributes that can benefit your health.

Scientists at City of Hope found mushrooms can suppress growth of breast cancer and prostate cancer cells in cell cultures and in animals. Read more here

Musrooms are a great source of antioxidants which could protect body cells from damage that might lead to chronic diseases and help to strengthen the immune system. And mushrooms are hearty and filling. Preliminary research shows eating a low-energy-dense food (like mushrooms) in place of a high-energy-dense food (like ground beef) can help with weight management.

All those benefits? It’s worth trying one of these recipes!

Mushroom Popcorn

Chicken and Mushroom Risotto

Mushroom Cannelloni

Rocket and Mushroom Pies

Don’t want to go all in with an entire mushroom recipe? Try a taste test! Offer your child slices of mushrooms, raw or cooked. Allow them to sample a variety of mushrooms to compare similarities and differences. Ask them whether they liked the taste test.

Learn more about mushrooms here