MyPlate has replaced MyPyramid as the government’s primary food group symbol and easy-to-understand visual cue to help consumers adopt healthy eating habits consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Highlights from the new guidelines include the recommendations for healthy eating patterns that maximize nutrient-dense foods, maintain calorie balance to sustain a healthy weight, and reduce sodium intake. Mushrooms have long been celebrated as a source of powerful nutrients but they can also help Americans meet the recommended guidelines for increasing vegetable consumption.

Mushrooms on the Plate

Fresh mushrooms can be added to everyday dishes to provide an extra serving of vegetables and deliver important nutrients including niacin, selenium, and riboflavin. Mushrooms also have vitamin D, ergothionene, and potassium.* Mushrooms’ hearty and meaty texture makes for a satiating main dish. Use a combination of mushrooms and meat in recipes to bring another serving of vegetables to the plate, add volume to meals and extend portions. Lighten up family favorites like burgers, meatballs, pasta sauce and tacos by replacing a portion of the ground meat with mushrooms. Diced mushrooms look similar and blend seamlessly with meat, so classics can be made healthier without losing taste or satisfying texture. Mushrooms are also an ideal accompaniment to salads, pastas, stir-fry and omelets; and a flavor-enhancing topper for meats, poultry and fish.

The following recipes created with the Produce for Better Health Foundation showcase the many ways to cook with fresh mushrooms to meet MyPlate recommendations.

Curried Mushrooms with Raisins and Mushrooms

Mushroom Steak Fajitas

Herbed Spinach Quiche Portabella Caps

Caramelized Mushroom and Onion Risotto

Sweet Potato Pancakes with Balsamic Maple Mushrooms

Mushroom Beef Sloppy Joes

The Mushroom Council is proud to be a partner in the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion’s (CNPP) National Strategic Communicators Network and shares CNPP’s goal to improve the health and well-being of Americans through promotion of healthy eating habits, with a specific emphasis on eating more produce (like mushrooms!).

In addition to the recipe examples suggested above, the USDA’s SuperTracker is another tool designed to help meet recommended health targets. Use the SuperTracker to:

  • Plan, analyze and track physical activity and diet online
  • Look up individual foods to see or compare their nutritional value
  • Find recommendations for what and how much you should eat
  • Set weight management goals and track your progress
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*Less than 10 percent of the daily value.