The Magic of Mushrooms

Mushrooms are one of my favorite  veggies– except that they’re really not a vegetable at all.  Mushrooms are a fungus- a plant that has no leaves, no roots, and no seeds.   Mushrooms don’t have chlorophyll, vitamin A or vitamin C.  But its not what they aren’t or don’t have that make mushrooms  so important for a healthy diet. 

Mushrooms have this wonderful meaty texture yet clock in at only 20 calories per cup which delivers a few grams of protein as well as healthy amounts of B vitamins and iron. Keep in mind that dried mushrooms lose a good deal of  this nutrition.  Fresh cooked mushrooms have 3X the niacin, 2X the iron and 15X the riboflavin of serving of canned mushrooms.  This is not such a hardship since canned … Continue Reading…

The Beauty of Artichokes

With spring just weeks away, the vegestable stands are piled high with perfect green artichokes.  These round petaled beauties are one  of the oldest cultivated vegetables.  For centuries most Europeans viewed green foods as poisonous but arichokes were already popular in 15th century Italy and France. In the 19th century,  European immigrants brought them to Northern California  where they flourished in the cool, foggy climate.

I love artichokes and was delighted to learn   they are nutritional superstars.  Rich in vitamin C ( the anti-wrinkle vitamin) folacin, and magnesium, a big beautiful artichoke has just 60 calories.  But   their real  payload is fiber with  one whole artichoke clocking in at 6.5 grams of fiber at  just 60 calories.  Awesome!  By comparison, 1/2 cup of cooked beans has more than  triple  the calories ( 150) for … Continue Reading…