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Feast on Fungi: are Mushrooms Nutritious?

Yes, Yes and Yes!

People should not underestimate mushrooms. As funny is the word Fungi, it’s quite a good addition to your meals. They are a great source of the B-vitamins, and nutrients like potassium promote healthy skin, digestion and metabolism; helping convert our food into energy. The best thing about them is the fact that they are low in calories and  sodium!

Did you know – they also have small amounts of vitamin D?  You know how our skin absorbs this vitamin from sunlight? It’s the same with mushrooms. Grown in the sun, they can actually muster up a good amount of vitamin D, retaining the nutrient until it is digested. This contributes to our overall bone health.  So, you don’t like the unique flavor of the fungi. Let’s think about the possibilities.

1 cup of mushrooms = about 20 calories.


Chopped portabello mushrooms with green onions

Chopped up Portobello shrooms 🙂


Styles of Cooking

Have you ever tried sticking mushrooms + meat in the blender? Mix in your favorite protein for a healthier version of burgers. It is more likely you won’t even notice the distinct flavor once combined with the beef, onions, tomato and sauce. In addition, you’re eliminating a good portion of saturated fat, sodium and calories! See my recipe for vegetable rigatoni here Vegetable Rigatoni

Love the taste of ‘shrooms? Portobello are my all-time favorite – grilled, with a splash of olive oil. Add them to pasta dishes, sandwiches, salads and more – the possibilities are endless. Just to list off a few types you may want to try… white or button, crimini, enoke, porcini and shitake. With TONS of other varieties, it can be intriguing to taste em’ all. Also, go ahead and look into ways to cook mushrooms, you might be surprised to find some easy options. Here’s a great article about cooking mushrooms 10 Ways to Cook ‘Shrooms Well, that’s all this fun-guy can write right now. Go mushrooms.


Portabello mushroom pita pocket recipe, healthy and nutritious



Turkey & Portobello Pita Pockets

Print Recipe
Serves: 2 Cooking Time: 20


  • 1lb of ground turkey
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup green onions
  • 1 cup portobello mushrooms
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 T garlic, chopped
  • 2 T rosemary
  • 2 pita pockets



Fold ground turkey into two round patties


Preheat skillet on stove top to medium, add in olive oil


Cook turkey patties on medium heat for 10 minutes on each side


Turn stove top to low


Add portobello mushrooms, tomatoes, green onions and seasonings to skillet


Cook vegetables until done


Put meal into pita pocket


Enjoy 🙂


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  • Reply
    Sarah Remmer
    July 30, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Great post! We love mushrooms in salads over here!

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    Amy Gorin
    July 31, 2017 at 11:10 am

    This is awesome! I love mushrooms!

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    Annie Kay
    July 31, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Where do you think the talk of mushrooms as a protein source comes from? Do have a smidgen of protein?Been meaning to look that up. Maybe it’s because they are used so often as a meat sub, flavor-wise.


    • Reply
      Stacey Orner
      July 31, 2017 at 11:08 am

      They do have a little protein, at least that’s what I read when looking at nutritional content.

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    Shannon @ KISS in the Kitchen
    July 31, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Love this post! I just had mushrooms in my breakfast scramble this morning!

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    Stacey Mattinson
    August 3, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Interesting!! I did not know that about the vitamin D! Good news is, I love mushrooms :).

    • Reply
      Stacey Orner
      August 12, 2017 at 7:19 am

      Yes! Hoping to find which ones are highest in vitamin D next 🙂

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