Nutritional Yeast may not sound very appetizing but don’t let the name fool you. The flavor is often described as cheesy, nutty or “umami”, and has a soft, fluffy, creamy texture. Ok, that sounds better! It’s NOT the same as your brewers or bakers yeast, but rather a yellow yeast, from Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, that is grown on molasses then heated to deactivate the leavening ability. It’s low fat, low sodium, gluten free, and contains no added “junk” ingredients. Nutritional yeast is sold as powder or flakes. When you are cutting calories, this is an excellent replacement for cheese! Give it a chance…I know you will be hooked after your first taste of it sprinkled on popcorn!
Nutritional yeast is often a sacred staple in the vegetarian and vegan diet, and not just because of its versatile flavor. It is packed with vitamin B12, an essential nutrient that the body cannot make and is used primarily for nervous system functions. B12 is naturally found only in animal foods. For weight loss, I always recommend consuming more plants to reduce calories and increase nutrients. One potential side effect of consuming less meat, cheese, and other animal products could be inadequate B12 intake. So this is a great addition to your diet! Look for it at your nearest health food store.
One tablespoon of nutritional yeast (make sure the brand you choose has B12 in it), meets the daily requirement for B12 of 2.4 micrograms. Hooray! With a serving of 2 Tbsp you will be get 8g protein… that’s the same amount of protein in 1 cup of milk (8g), more than 1 egg (6g) or 1 oz. of beef (7g). Nutritional yeast also provides 2g fiber, 320mg potassium, minerals, micro-minerals, and over 100% of 6 out of 7 B-vitamins. Think of it as a savory, nutrient packed, B-complex vitamin! Adding nutritional yeast to your breakfast or a pre-exercise snack is a great way to work it in your day.
Just about any food can benefit from the flavor bump of nutritional yeast. Try it stirred into mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, pasta sauce, as an ingredient in smoothies or soups and sprinkled on cooked vegetables, pasta, salads, and beans. Here is an easy recipe to wow yourself and your family!
The Best Roasted Cauliflower
Wow yourself and your family with this easy recipe!
1 head cauliflower
1T olive oil
1t black sesame seeds
1/4c nutritional yeast
Preheat your oven to 350.
Take all the ingredients and drop them in a mixing bowl.
Toss it with your hands until all is coated.
Spread on a cooking sheet with parchment paper or foil and cook for about 20-25 minutes.
Cauliflower should be a golden light brown. THAT’S IT!