Hey, hey. Having a lovely week so far?
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.
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!
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??