Oyster mushrooms are bursting with flavor, and nutrition. They are very low in calories, saturated fat and cholesterol. The velvety texture of oyster mushrooms adds variety to your snacks, appetizers, or meals. This exotic low calorie mushroom is so good, it’s also been used as a Asian medicine.
Oyster mushrooms are a very good source of folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, zinc, thiamin, vitamin B6 and protein! Along with riboflavin, niacin, phosphorus, copper, potassium, and fiber! Now that is definitely a lot of nutritional benefits in these tasty mushrooms!
Fresh oyster mushrooms are available year round in most grocery stores. They can be a light beige to gray in color, with a whitish color stalk. Be sure to purchase the mushrooms that are firm, with a tightly closed cap. If the mushrooms are slimy, spotted or wrinkled, they should be avoided.
You can keep your mushrooms in your refrigerator up to 3 days, but don’t store them without air ventilation; a paper bag is the best option for storage.
Let’s talk about some fun and exciting ways to enjoy eating our oyster mushrooms! You can toss some raw oyster mushrooms on top of your salad for extra nutrition. Sauteed oyster mushrooms with a very small amount of olive oil, onions, and garlic will have your taste buds jumping for joy.
Try some grilled oyster mushrooms…just mix a small amount of orange juice, lemon juice, and red-wine vinegar in a bowl. Add your mushrooms in; and let them marinate for about 15 minutes. Place a very small amount of olive oil in a grilling pan and add your mushrooms. Grill for about 10 minutes. Add some of your favorite spices for more flavor and zest.
Make a mushroom kabob! This is always fun to prepare. Just mix your mushrooms with a few chunks of lean beef, and onions. Add a piece of fruit such as pineapple or strawberry for color and flavor.
An egg omelet is wonderful with added mushrooms, tomato, and bell peppers. Adding oyster mushrooms to a soup adds plenty of protein. Chopped mushrooms on a “diet” pizza is a nice idea for a snack. Just use a low calorie tortilla shell and add crushed tomato, onion, lean ham, some spices, and your chopped oyster mushrooms.
You can use your imagination and have fun with ways to enjoy your mushrooms! Your family and guests will love your new creations!
The Power Blast!
Calories: one cup sliced raw, 37 calories
Protein: 3 g
Fiber: 2 g
Sugars: 1 g
Vitamin C: 0
Calcium: 2.6 mg
Potassium: 361 mg
Sodium: 15 mg
Saturated Fat: 0
Have fun losing weight while you are eating your new power food!