NEWS Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms Will Help You Fight Holiday Calories

Each vegetarian stuffed mushroom has only 45 calories.

The French call them hors d’oeuvres. The Spanish call them tapas. In Italy, they are appetizers, while in Japan they are izakaya. From dim sum in China to hors d’oeuvres in the Middle East, cultures around the world have small dishes to accompany drinks or serve as the first course of a good meal. Sometimes they even make up an entire meal.

Sounds like a pleasure, doesn’t it? The only problem is that those small bites quickly add up to a staggering number of calories, which can become a problem if you’re trying to maintain your weight over the holidays.

That’s where our Veggie Stuffed Mushrooms (only 45 calories each) come in. Their rich saltiness easily represents the flavor of the meat, and that depth of flavor reduces the need to add salt.

Mushrooms are the fruit of a type of fungus called mycelium, and they have amazing health benefits. In some cultures, they have been used as medicine for thousands of years. They’ve been shown to help protect brain and gut health, and they contain polysaccharides that act as prebiotics, feeding the good bacteria in your gut.

Mushrooms are one of the few foods that can provide vitamin D. Vitamin D synthesis is triggered if they are exposed to UV light while growing. When shopping for mushrooms, check the nutrition label to see if the mushrooms you’re buying contain vitamin D. Mushrooms also contain selenium, a trace mineral that is necessary for enzymes and proteins, helps make DNA and protects cells from damage.

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