Save Money & Stay Healthy with Mushrooms

New Year's resolutions are in full effect right now. Like most of you, I have taken time to write out a few goals to keep in mind as I make my way through 2012.

But did you know that over 50% of people make the "Save more money" resolution? And a whopping 75% make some type of "Get Healthy/Fit" resolution? What's even more astonishing; cooking with fresh mushrooms can help you achieve these goals in 2012.

Fresh Canadian mushrooms are a nutrient dense food, and are available year round, making them a great value for your health and your pocketbook.

Loads of Vitamins, Minerals & Fibre
When it comes to vitamins & minerals, including riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, copper, phosphorus, potassium and selenium, fresh mushrooms make a great choice. A ½ cup serving makes an important contribution to daily intakes of folate, thiamin, vitamin B6, iron, magnesium and zinc; all vital to good health.

Mushrooms also contain both soluble and insoluble fibre. Because fibre helps make foods more satisfying, one tends to eat less, and that can translate into weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight.

Antioxidants
Antioxidants are the heroes of cell preservation. Recent research has found that both raw and cooked mushrooms contain a powerful antioxidant called ergothioneine. Portabella and crimini mushrooms have the most, followed by white button mushrooms.

Pocketbook Friendly
We all know how expensive meat can be. One way to use fresh mushrooms to lower your grocery bill is to use it as a meat extender. Simply replace half of the meat with fresh mushrooms. For example, use a mixture of 50% finely chopped mushrooms with 50% lean ground beef in your burgers, lasgana, or tacos. Or slim down on the portion of steak, and top it with grilled portabella slices. It's easy and healthy.

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