When I think of vitamin D, I generally think of getting it from milk or the sun. The idea of ground portobello mushrooms certainly doesn’t cross my mind. However, Dole Portobello Mushroom Powder appears to be the ticket to getting your daily dose of vitamin D out of the sun. In just a teaspoon, this powder has 150 percent of your recommended daily amount.
I did the ol’ smell test to see what I was getting myself into with this powder, and oddly enough, the mushroom powder smells like cocoa powder. I would say though that despite the ground-up mushrooms, which, if you’re a mushroom lover like I am, you would think might be good, it doesn’t have much mushroom-y flavor and certainly does not taste like cocoa. I added a teaspoon or two to some sautéed veggies and pasta, and you could hardly tell it was even there. I even tried adding some of the mushroom powder to dishes with other seasonings, as I wanted to see how it would affect the taste of the other flavors. The result? I found that you can add the powder without overpowering other spices and herbs. Score!
At first, I was a bit disappointed that the mushroom flavor was lacking. But then I began to see how beneficial the nutritional aspect to it was. Because the flavor is mild, you can add the Portobello Mushroom Powder to a variety of dishes like casseroles and soups, using it as basically just a dietary supplement. A teaspoon of the mushroom powder doesn’t even have five calories per serving, and there’s minimal sodium, and very little carbohydrates and protein. It’s also totally vegan and free of MSG. So if you are only looking to add extra vitamin D to your diet in a very natural way, this is a good source. While it’s not the first thing I would grab when going after spices to whip up some rice or stew, if my doctor advised me to add more vitamin D to my diet, I’d definitely consider adding it to meals.
How do you get your vitamin D? With fall coming up and the number of daylight hours decreasing, do you supplement your diet with vitamin D? —Kelsey