The mushroom is the latest weapon for savvy celeb dieters who want to shed pounds quickly but still keep their assets. The ‘M-Plan’, unveiled this week, is the new diet based on mushrooms that means women lose weight from problem tums, bums, thighs and upper arms, but still keep their bust intact.
How the diet works
Replacing just one regular lunchtime snack or dinner with a mushroom inspired dish will help women lose weight from the stubborn areas over a 14-day period.
By eating more mushrooms, it’s likely that less high calorie foods will be consumed throughout the day over all because of the vegetable’s powerful nutritional values. The dietary fibre in mushrooms helps promote good bowel function leaving you feeling more satisfied, so you won’t be hungry again as quickly, preventing you from snacking.
Mushrooms are also extremely rich in protein – an ideal nutritional food source yet the vegetable is low in calories which is important where weight loss is considered. There’s a myth that the waist is the last area of the body where women lose weight. In fact, it’s one of the areas of the body that we move the most along with bums, thighs and upper arms.
Not only mushrooms help with weight loss – the super vegetable can help improve your looks too given that mushrooms are high in B vitamins, iron and zinc, all of which are needed to make your skin, hair and nails strong, healthy and shiny!
Types of mushrooms
White Mushroom – The most common type of mushroom. Its snow white colour is caused by being grown in the dark. The white mushroom comes in four different sizes, button, closed cup, open cup and flat mushrooms.
Brown Mushroom – The brown mushroom is one of the most flavoursome and has a rich, earthy taste. They come in three sizes: closed cup or ‘Chestnut’ the slightly larger ‘Portabello’ and Portabellini or ‘Crimini’.
Portabello Mushroom – The Portabello is a brown mushroom that has been allowed to grow to full maturity. Portabello mushrooms have a dense, meaty texture and deep mushroom flavours. By removing the stalk, stuffing and baking you have a hearty and filling mushroom meal.
Oyster Mushroom – The daintiest of the mushroom family, the oyster mushroom has an equally delicate flavour. It comes in a range of colours, brown, grey, pink and yellow and goes perfectly in stir-fries, pasta or risottos.
Shiitake Mushroom – Ideal for sauces, soups and stir fries, the shiitake is native to Japan. It works beautifully in oriental cooking because of its distinctively smoky flavour. The firm cap and brown meaty flesh are what give this mushroom its unique taste.
Enoki Mushroom – A crisp, white crunchy mushroom, delicious in soups, stews and salads. Named after the enoki tree that it grows on in Japan, it has a slight crunch and a sweet, fruity flavour.
Bena-Shimeji Mushroom -The most gourmet of the bunch this mushroom should be cooked whole, as most of the flavour is in its long, slim stem. Sold in clusters, each mushroom is very small with a dark cap, light gills and long stalk.
For mushrooms inspired recipes, visit www.moretomushrooms.com
GO is sponsoring Festival Mediterranea 2014, the highlight of which will be two performances of Verdi’s much loved Opera, Nabucco. These will take place at Gozo’s Teatru Astra on 23 and 25 October. In addition, Festival Mediterrannea 2014, organised by Socjeta Filarmonika La Stella, will also include numerous other musical and cultural activities at different locations across Gozo between 23 October and 24 November.
The production of Nabucco, will feature baritone Piero Terranova in the title role, together with soprano Silvia dalla Benetta (Abigaille) and world-famous bass Carlo Colombara in the role of Zaccaria. Maltese tenor Cliff Zammit Stevens will make his debut on the islands with a lead role in opera singing Ismaele. Maltese baritone Louis Andrew Cassar will sing the role of the Gran Sacerdote while Gozitan soprano Dorienne Portelli will tackle the role of Anna. The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra will be under the direction of the Festival’s and Teatru Astra’s Artistic Director, Joseph Vella.
Teresa Rizza, Marketing Communications, Events and Sponsorship Manager at GO, said, ‘Festival Mediterranea 2014 offers a rich programme of musical and cultural events, from classical recitals to historical talks and tours in various locations in Gozo and of course, the much anticipated performance of Nabucco. GO has always been committed to supporting Maltese musical talent for which Festival Mediterranea will undoubtedly be a great showcase.’
More information on Festival Mediterranea 2014, including the full programme of events, can be obtained from the website http://www.mediterranea.com.mt/.