When you open your pantry or spice cabinet, chances are you have the usual salt, pepper, cinnamon, garlic powder, thyme… the list goes on and on. However, you may be missing one important ingredient: nutritional yeast.
The name may be off-putting, but this yeast is both delicious and has so many nutritional benefits.
Nutritional yeast is grown on a food source, like molasses, then companies harvest, heat, dry and crumble it. This process deactivates the yeast. The result is a strongly flavored ingredient with a hint of nuttiness.
Just one tablespoon of nutritional yeast contains the vitamins B1 (Thiamin),B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), B6 (Pyridoxine), B12 and Folic acid. It will also provide three grams of protein and one gram of fiber!
Adding nutritional yeast will work with most diets, as most brands are gluten-free, vegan and paleo-friendly. You can usually find it in the spice aisle or the bulk bin section at your local health food store.
Wondering how you can incorporate it into your diet? Sprinkle nutritional yeast on popcorn, crackers, or on your favorite pasta dishes. You can also use it in smoothies or salads, or add some into homemade soup. It’s often used as a substitute for cheese in many vegan recipes.
Note: People with mold allergies should be careful when adding nutritional yeast to their diet, as it is a type of fungus and may lead to a reaction. Cramping and other gastrointestinal problems can result for these people.
Have you tried nutritional yeast? Let us know your favorite recipes in the comments!