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Mushrooms are rich in nutrients that have a direct effect on athletic performance, including selenium, a T-booster; and niacin, which increases blood flow to working muscles. They are one of the few nonfortified foods to contain vitamin D, which is crucial for improving muscle efficiency and function. Yet for most guys, mushrooms are often relegated to the status of salad ingredient.
In this wild mushroom and butternut barlotto recipe, three kinds of mushrooms get the spotlight, with butternut squash and pearl barley providing complex carbs to fuel your workout.
It’s not very high in protein, so you can serve this as a side dish alongside grilled chicken or fish, or add tofu to make it a robust vegetarian meal option.