I was recently introduced nutritional yeast and I really enjoyed the flavor but I wanted to know more about why it was good for me so I did a little research. For those of you that are wondering, nutritional yeast contains a deactivated yeast and is free of Candida Albicans strains, which makes it safe for those worried about Candida.
Top 5 Health Benefits of Nutritional Yeast
1. Nutritional Yeast is packed with B vitamins including Folic Acid and B12. This is what gives it its yellow color. B12 is usually only found in animal products but nutritional yeast is a good source, which makes this a great addition to the diet for vegans and vegetarians.
2. Nutritional Yeast is high in 15 different minerals including Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Chromium, and Selenium. These minerals are important for our health and longevity. Nutritional yeast is an easy way to ensure you are getting enough of each. Just add a sprinkled to a salad or on your eggs in the morning.
3. Nutritional Yeast is naturally Gluten Free. It is grown on beet sugar or molasses then fermented and dried.
4. Nutrition Yeast is a complete, bioavailable source of protein since it contains all 18 amino acids. One serving typically contains 6-9g of protein, depending on the brand.
5. Nutrition Yeast is a good source of fiber. It contains about 3g in one serving and will contribute to keeping your gut healthy when eaten with a well balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, and well-sourcced animal products.
Now that you know many of the health benefits of nutritional yeast and why you should incorporate it into your diet let’s talk about how you can do that.
5 Delicious Ways To Use Nutritional Yeast
1. Add it to baked vegetables.
1 head cauliflower
1T olive oil
1t black sesame seeds
1/4c nutritional yeast
1. Preheat your oven to 350.
2. Take all the ingredients and drop them in a mixing bowl.
3. Toss it with your hands until all is coated.
4. Spread on a baking sheet with foil and cook for about 20-25 minutes.
2. Use it as a substitute for cheese on salads, eggs, sauce dishes. Nutritional yeast has a cheesy but nutty flavor that tastes great on almost anything. I like to make gluten free toast, spread avocado on it then sprinkle some nutritional yeast and top with a fried egg with a side of veggies of course. This is a balanced and nutritious way to start your day!
3. Make nutritional yeast popcorn:
½ cup popcorn kernels
2 tbsp. coconut oil
1 tbsp. nutritional yeast
dash of pepper and cayenne
1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat, then add the popcorn kernels, stirring until completely coated in oil.
2. Cover the pot, and shake it every 30 seconds or so until the kernels start to pop.
3. Once the kernels are popped, transfer to a bowl and sprinkle with nutritional yeast and spices.
4. Add nutritional yeast to soups.
5. Make homemade kale chips with nutritional yeast for a nutritious and flavorful snack.
Try out this delicious recipe here!