Mushrooms Make This Stew Magical!
It's okay to admit that you don't always think about how to get (and keep) your bones in top shape. When you do think about it, milk and calcium are often the first two things that come to mind, right? Did you know that vitamin D is key to helping your body absorb that calcium to build and maintain strong bones?
Uncover the magic of mushrooms
In 2010, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) conducted a review of the dietary intake required of vitamin D and calcium and now recommends a dietary allowance of 600 IU per day of vitamin D for people between the ages of one and 70.
So now you're probably thinking, "Where can I get my hands on vitamin D?" Look no further than mushrooms! You can also get your vitamin D from the sunlight or supplements, but like people, mushrooms naturally produce vitamin D when they're exposed to the sun. Did I mention the fact that mushrooms taste great?
Now that the weather has a bit of a chill to it, why not make a warm, hearty, meat-free stew for dinner that will also give you a good dose of mushrooms! This recipe from the Food Network incorporates barley -- a whole grain that's high in fiber and antioxidants -- and veggies into the mix to make this stew filling and healthy.
Carrot-mushroom barley stew
Join the Meatless Monday movement like so many others! By cutting meat from your meals just one day a week, you can help improve your health. According to Meatless Monday, research suggests that higher consumption of red and processed meat increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.
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