LOSING WEIGHT MAY PROTECT AGAINST COVID 19
Overweight South Africans can reduce their risks with a healthier lifestyle. More exercise and healthy meals like these mushroom and halloumi skewers can decrease your risk.
Weight = Risk
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 53.8% – more than half – of South Africa’s adults are overweight or obese. And this is not just weight gain during Covid. Research dating back to 2016 indicated that the prevalence of our population aged 15 years and more being overweight or obese in South Africa was 68% for women and 31% for men.
“These are scary statistics particularly as many international studies show a link between obesity and serious COVID-19 infection,” says Dr. Gert du Toit, a surgeon who practices at the multi-disciplinary metabolic center at Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital, which is accredited as a Centre of Excellence for Metabolic Medicine by the South African Society for Surgery, Obesity, and Metabolism (SASSO).
But luckily there are many healthy eating options available to South Africans and one of the most delicious options is fresh mushrooms. Cultivated by South African mushroom farmers, they are affordable and available on supermarket shelves throughout the year.
Mushrooms are low in calories and contain no fat or cholesterol BUT they are loaded with dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other important nutrients that make them perfect allies for weight loss.
Moreover, meaty, umami-rich mushrooms reduce your reliance on meat by adding a unique savory flavor to meatless dishes. They also contain beta-glucans that have been proven to boost and stimulate our immune system to produce more Natural Killer cells which are essential for fighting toxins, age-related diseases, tumors, and cancer.
The phytonutrients and antioxidants in mushrooms may also prevent plaque from building up along artery walls subsequently reducing blood vessel hardening and assist lowering high blood pressure.
Neither fruit nor vegetable, mushrooms are potent disease fighters and a wise addition to your diet. They pack a powerful punch of health and flavor… no wonder then that they are most people’s ‘go-to’ Superfood!
Mushroom And Halloumi Skewers
Turn everyday veggie skewers into a feast with salty halloumi and a zesty green herb sauce. Halloumi (or salty cheese as Lexi calls it) is a favorite in our home. Mushroom and halloumi are the perfect savory pairing!
Mushroom & Halloumi Skewers With Mint Salsa Verde
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 punnet fresh mint loeaves save a few for garnish
- 1 punnet fresh parsley
- 1 clove garlic finely grated
- juice of one lemon
- rind of one lemon grated
- salt and pepper to taste
- 250 g portabellini mushrooms whole or halved
- 250 g halloumi cheese cubed
- 2 medium yellow peppers sliced into squares
For the salsa verde
- Put the olive oil, mint, parsley, garlic, lemon rind and juice, and salt and pepper into a small blender.
- Blend to a smooth pulp.
- Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
For the skewers
- Assemble the skewers by arranging chunks of mushrooms, halloumi, and yellow peppers together.
- Braai over hot coals, or bake in a very hot oven at 200°C for about 10 minutes until golden.
- Drizzle with salsa verde and serve immediately.
You can find more healthy mushroom recipes HERE.
DISCLAIMER: This post was sponsored by The South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association. The South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association provided me with this recipe and associated images. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the developing company, and/or its affiliates, in any way. The fact is, I’m crazy about mushrooms, and want to shout it from the rooftops anyway.