What Is Nutritional Yeast ?

Hey, hey. Having a lovely week so far?

gorgeous morn

I woke up not feeling so great yesterday, but once I drank some essential oils in water, did a nice treadmill workout, finished work earlier than usual, and gulped water all day long, I felt as good as new this a.m.! I am determined to keeping influenza away…..cheers to happy health!

On that note, there are definitely some foods and products out there that profess to be healthy, and some are, but some are not. When I saw nutritional yeast all over the blog world, I knew I had to try it out for myself because some said it was so delicious and healthy.

can you spot it??

But first before trying it out, I really wanted to know: what is nutritional yeast anyways?!

What Is Nutritional Yeast ?

Well, unfortunately for me, just like mushrooms (I hate mushrooms!), it is a fungus–as it is a deactivated yeast. However, I really like the flavor! It is yellow, flaky, and has a cheesy, nutty flavor. It is gluten-free, dairy-free, and boasts a wide variety of nutritious vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients. It can be found in any health food store in the bulk bins section (try Whole Foods or other small vegetarian/vegan friendly stores).

What is nutritional yeast…..in nutrition facts:

For 2 tablespoons of Nutritional Yeast:

  • 45 calories, 1 gram of fat, and 8 grams of protein!
  • 1 gram of sugar, 4 grams of fiber
  • boasts very high levels (over 130% of recommended daily intake) of vitamins: Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, B6, and B12!
  • 60% of daily recommended intake for Folate (vitamin)
  • also includes small levels of minerals: Iron, Zinc, Manganese, Magnesium, and Copper

The beauty of nutritional yeast is that it can be sprinkled on top of any meal, eaten atop popcorn, used in sauces (the amazing MMMMsauce), cooked into casseroles, and added into almost any main dish.

Because it is vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free/dairy-free friendly, pretty much everyone can eat it, and reap the incredible nutritional benefits found therein. Whoever decided to name this specific yeast, “nutritional” was a genius. He/she is right, it is a VERY nutritional yeast!

I ate it recently atop a quinoa/veggie/tofu stir fry

Some meal ideas with nutritional yeast:

  • tofu, veggie, and quinoa stir fry with nutritional yeast sprinkled on top (see above pic)
  • eggs, spinach, and nutritional yeast omelette
  • bean/veggie enchiladas sprinkled with nutritional yeast and Greek yogurt
  • MMMMsauce (made in a blender) and put atop any grains or casserole
  • baked eggplant, zucchini, and tomatoes with nutritional yeast and noodles
  • Mexican stir fry of vegetables, black beans, salsa, and nutritional yeast

So if anyone ever asks you, “what is nutritional yeast?” you have your answer all ready and outlined right here! Plus meal ideas and semi-formed recipes. So there are no excuses to experiment….and get this delicious flaky nutrients into our tummies ;)

Have any of YOU ever tried nutritional yeast?? What did YOU think?? What recipes have YOU used it in??

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  1. i’ve never tried it, but I enjoyed learning about it with this post :) have a great day, im glad you are feeling better! :)

  2. I love nutritional yeast! I was reluctant at people’s claims it was going to be cheesy..but it really is!

  3. I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE nutritional yeast! i knew it was healthy, but I had no idea the protein it was packin’! I love it even more! I can’t wait to make the mmmsauce.. I haven’t done it yet, but I’m going to!

  4. I love nooch! I put it on broccoli (kind of like broccoli and cheese minus the insane amount of calories!) and popcorn all of the time. I usually toss it into my sauces, too. Oh! And on top of roasted cauliflower! Now I’m getting all excited, I need to go make dinner… :)

    • OH that is a great idea–broccoli and {nutritional} cheese! Go enjoy a delicious dinner :) It is also really good baked into quinoa. mmmm tasty!

  5. I LOVE nutritional yeast!!! I make a killer cheese sauce for on top of broccoli with it! I also use it on popcorn and in a few barley risotto recipes…I have a jar of it that I haven’t used lately….Hmmm…

    Cream sauces is a great way to use nutritional yeast too!

  6. I love how your posts are always so informative!!

    • :) I blog differently, but that is just my style! So thanks!! I do love spouting out random facts….and I learn a lot too by going through all my old research and past homework/assignments from grad school to prep for the posts!

  7. I only just recently started using this when I decided to cut out dairy. But I really didn’t know all that much about it, so thanks for educating me too!

  8. dena b says:

    What kind of oils did you drink, I use oils neat but have never consumed them so I would love to know how you use them, I tend to get the flu every year depite getting a flu shot. Thanks

  9. It looks kind of gross, honestly. But every seems pretty enthusiastic, so maybe I should try some! =)

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